Anekāntavāda And Syādvāda: East And West

Published: 01.07.2012

World is one from its very existence; but when we view it from the negative i.e. syānnāsti viewpoint we find it divided into East and West. Comparatively East and West though differ in outer aspects of culture etc., yet the basic spirit of the both is the self-same humanity. Third viewpoint synthesises them and the past history of East and West is a witness to this fact, because we find them both inter-related to each other since a hoary antiquity. But if we turn to consider this question according to the fourth viewpoint, we cannot demarcate the line of East and West: it is indescribable because a East can easily be fused in West in consideration to outer limits. Under the relative consideration the cultures of East and West can be inter-mingled, though one lays great stress on spirituality and the other on materialism. Spirituality is as good a reality as materialism and they possess their importance and utility in their own spheres. They are neither good nor bad. Of course their application to life is what matters. Considering the both cultures under the light of the fifth standpoint, they do exist in their peculiar form and utility but their precise sphere of existence and domain is indescribable: hence it is wrong to presume that both cannot be reconciled. From the sixth standpoint the same truth has been emphasised but in a negative indescribable mode. The seventh standpoint offers us an universal outlook of synthetical nature. It is obvious from it that Eastern and Western cultures do exist equally in their human spheres and are different in certain respects, yet the demarcation of their spheres and their outer application is indescribable. The human nature is the same in all climes and in all times. Therefore they can be interfused in each other as being two aspects of human nature which is a quality in itself. Thus we can develop the outlook and spirit of a cosmic-man in ourselves by adhering to the rules of the Jain logic.

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
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