Posted: 26.01.2012
By Herbert Warren
Herbert Warren asks What is the status and meaning of God in Jainism? The answers demonstrate that God is neither a creator, nor a ruler or judge. God is potential. Those who believe in a creator sometimes look upon Jainism as an atheistic religion, but this is far from the truth. Jainism does not deny the existence of 'God' (Siddha, Paramatman). God is described in Jain scriptures, but there is a difference...
Posted: 25.01.2012
By Padmanabh S. Jaini
Padmanabh S. Jaini traces the early history of Jainism, the formation of two different sects and their migration. Mahavira was born in Kundalapura, in the state of Vaisali (North Bihar). However, his name is not mentioned in any Brahmanical texts. He was a senior contemporary of Gautama Buddha. His name, or the title Mahavira (Great Hero) by which he is now known, is not found in the Buddhist texts either...
Posted: 24.01.2012
By Kenneth Oldfield
Kenneth Oldfield writes about his pilgrimage to this famous Jain tirtha. The local bus from Bangalore to Hassan in South Karnataka will drop you off between two hills that enclose the litde town of Shravana Belgola. It's much better to stay a few days reflecting and meditating here than take the tourist day-trip which allows you barely an hour to chase up the two hills and return to the bus to press on to the...
Posted: 23.01.2012
By Nathaniel Altman
Nathaniel Altman explains that ahimsa is an active principle requiring inner courage and not a passive one. Much of humanity is living in a revolutionary situation where institutionalised himsa is accepted as the normal state of affairs. For this reason, both the need for and the challenges facing an aspirant to a life of ahimsa are especially great at this point of human history, where the lives of all of the...
Posted: 22.01.2012
By Sadhvi Shilapi
Whilst Jains throughout the world are celebrating Mahavir Jayanti, it is important to remember that he was one of the simplest yet greatest environmentalists of all time, writes Sadhvi Shilapi. It is the human community amongst all the forms of life on this planet, who are interfering with the laws of Nature by squandering her gifts, and by destroying the existence of other species. Ironically, this issue of...
Posted: 21.01.2012
By Brahmakumari B.K. Jayanti
Sister Jayanti conducting a workshop Meditate, Experience And Reflect Sister Jayanti Kirpalani, European Director of the Brahmakumaris World Spiritual University talked to Atul Shah about the importance of giving all Jains an opportunity to experience spirituality For younger people, faith needs to be developed and cannot be assumed. I was eight years old when my parents migrated to London. I grew up in an...
Posted: 24.12.2011
 
by Emma Holden 18 February 2000 saw the Jain Studies Department of London's School of African and Oriental Studies host its second conference, entitled 'Jain History and Culture'. The conference, held at the Brunei Gallery, was organised by Dr Peter Flugel, and chaired by Dr Julia Leslie from the Department of the Study of Religions at SOAS. The prestigious SOAS (School of African and Oriental Studies) is a...

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