Posted: 07.08.2012
 
Bhavnas in Jainism described about the nature of soul. It tells that the ultimate aim of life is to attain Nirvana or Moksha. Bhavnas in Jainism relates to the true nature of life. It describes about the soul that remains detached from all worldly attachments and even from the body. Thus, all humans need to follow the path of truth to attain Moksha or Nirvana. Jain religion puts a significant stress on the...
Posted: 11.07.2012
 
Jainism and other Indian religious traditions The four ancient Indian religious traditions of Jainism, Ajivikism, Buddhism and Hinduism developed in South Asia over a period of more than a thousand years. Whilst Hinduism and Jainism continued to flourish, Ajivikism died out and Buddhism disappeared from most parts of India in the medieval period. However, despite its decline in India, Buddhism spread throughout...
Posted: 10.07.2012
 
Religious festivals play an important part in the Jain community. They provide a focus for communal celebration and an opportunity to show devotion and gain merit. Participation in these festivals is optional, not obligatory. The principal festivals in the Jain calendar are: Mahamastakabhisheka festival (held every 12 years) The Mahamastakabhisheka festival is held every twelve years to honour Lord Bahubali...
Posted: 11.06.2012
By Dr. Hemant Shah
A paper read at a seminar on Jain Philosophy and Epistemology organized by the The B.L. Institute of Indology, Delhi in December 1990. Introduction Just like the concept of reality, Jainism has its own theory regarding the existence and nature of soul. What is important to note is the fact that Jainism accepts the existence of soul. It is atmavadi darshana ; and the soul, according to Jainism, has an inherent...
Posted: 08.06.2012
By Dr. Hemant Shah
Abstract Jainism is the philosophy and religion of Jainas- the followers of religion preached and practiced by the Tirthankaras, the last of whom was Lord Mahavir. Jainism is one of the nine systems of Indian Philosophy; and one of the systems that is considered as an Atheistic in its nature. In this paper, I have tried to show that Jainism is not atheistic; it is Theistic, believing in god and it has its own...
Posted: 14.05.2012
By Kurt Titze
Monks And Nuns It makes no difference, whether you adhere to the orthodox belief that Jainism is a periodically reoccurring religion or to the view, expounded in most books on Jainism by western authors, that it began with Mahavira (599-527 bc) or possibly with Parshva or Parshvanatha (the Sanskrit word natha, meaning 'Lord', is a 'honorific' implying respect) about 250 years earlier - the answer to the query...
Posted: 07.05.2012
By Pravin K. Shah
Concept of God in Jainism Jainism believes that universe and all its substances or entities are eternal. It has no beginning or end with respect to time. Universe runs own its own accord by its own cosmic laws. All the substances change or modify their forms continuously. Nothing can be destroyed or created in the universe. There is no need of some one to create or manage the affairs of the universe. Hence...
Posted: 24.02.2012
 
Belief in auspicious objects has existed in many cultures from ancient time. This belief is an integral part of the ethos in India and is encountered in all the religions: Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. The Sanskrit term mangala denotes the auspicious character of an object. The definition of the word mangala is wide ranging: it can mean free of impurities, or capable of conferring comfort and happiness. In...
Posted: 25.03.2011
By Pravin K. Shah
Lord Mahavir and His Teachings Lord Mahavir was the twenty-fourth and last Tirthankara of the Jain religion of this era. According to Jain philosophy, all Tirthankaras were human beings but they have attained a state of perfection or enlightenment through meditation and self realization. They are the Gods of Jains. The concept of God as a creator, protector, and destroyer of the universe does not exist in...

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