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Anekāntavāda And Syādvāda: Foreword

Published: 21.10.2011

Jain Vishva Bharati Institute is a centre of higher studies, learning and research in Jainology. It has been set up to bring forward the treasure of knowledge lying hidden in the Canonical texts of Prakrit literature. One of the most important tasks undertaken by this Institute is to cull out the Scientific concepts from the heap of wide-spread teachings of Lord Mahavira. Jain doctrines assume special significance and relevance in the context of present day violence, conflicts and tensions.

In addition to translating Jain Agamas from Prakrit into Hindi and English, the Institute has decided to edit the articles on Jain Philosophy, Religion and Culture written in English by different scholars at different times which were published in old magazines and books, and to divide them under specific themes. Altogether, there are 25 themes under which such articles have been classified. The present volume is the first of these volumes. There could not have been more appropriate subject than "Anekāntavāda" to start this series meant for English knowing persons, who want to understand the concepts and doctrines of Jain philosophy, particularly for those living abroad.

The distinguished authors of the articles included in this volume come from different Schools of thought. They have expressed their views according to their own study and understanding. The reader will find this healthy mixture quite enlightening and thought-provoking. There could not have been a better example of Anekāntavāda than this' book itself which presents different views on the same subject, each relevant and true in its own way.

The relevance of "Anekāntavāda" in the present context of conflicts needs no emphasis. It is as much a philosophy as a science. True Anekāntavādin does not discriminate on the basis of caste, religion, sex, race and nationality. He is secular in outlook and scientific in approach. The human values will find their roots in this universal concept.

I am very happy that this volume is coming out in the International year of "Tolerance", which is the essence of Anekānta. I am sure that it will benefit thinkers as well as decision-makers all over the world, and strengthen the foundation of peace in the minds of those who rule the polities and communities.

11th January, 1996.  
M.S. Bhandari
Jain Vishva Bharati Institute
Published by:
Jain Vishwa Bharati Institute
Ladnun - 341 306 (Rajasthan) General Editor:
Sreechand Rampuria
Edited by:
Rai Ashwini Kumar
T.M. Dak
Anil Dutta Mishra

First Edition:1996
© by the Authors

Printed by:
Pawan Printers
J-9, Naveen Shahdara, Delhi-110032

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  1. Agamas
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