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Live and Let Others Live: Life Lessons From Mahavira

Nanditha Krishna (Editor)

Mahavira was a sixth-century reformer and philosopher, the twenty-fourth Tirthankara of the Jaina, who established Jainism as a new faith. Born into the royal family in Kundagrama (near Patna in present day Bihar), he renounced his family and all material possessions and became an ascetic at the age of thirty. Having attained omniscience (kevala jnana) after performing austerities for twelve years, Mahavira began travelling on foot, preaching and gaining followers. A great believer in the equality of all, he be>Ordained men and women from all Classes and castes. He taught his followers how to overthrow the fetters of karma and liberate the soul from the cycle of birth and rebirth as well as lessons on how to live a life of truthfulness, compassion, humility and non-attachment. The Upanishad dictum-ahimsa paramo dharmah (non-violence is the greatest truth)-saw its apogee in the teachings of Mahavira. His teachings on the Symbiosis between all living beings and the five elements- Earth, air, fire, water and vegetation-form the basis of environmental sciences today.

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Nanditha Krishna

Dr. Nanditha Krishna obtained her Ph.D. from the Department of Ancient Indian Culture, University of Bombay, specializing in Hindu iconography and ethno-archaeology. She has been researching, writing and lecturing extensively on Indian art, culture and society, as well as the environment which is her passion. She has authored The Art and Iconography of Vishnu “ Narayana (D.B. Taraporevala & Sons, Bombay), The Arts and Crafts of Tamilnadu (Mapin Publications, Ahmedabad), Manuscript Paintings of the Sarasvati Mahal Library (Arasvati Mahal Library, Tanjore), Madras Chennai (C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation, Chennai), co-authored Ganesha with her mother Shakunthala Jagannathan (Vakils, Feffer & Simons Ltd.), edited Shakti and Kanchi (both C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation), and written books for children on the environment. Dr. Nanditha Krishna is the Director of the C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Foundation at Chennai (Madras) and of its constituents, the C.P. Art Centre, C.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Institute of Indological Research, Saraswathi Kendra Centre for Children and C.P.R. Environmental Education Centre.

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Title Live and Let Others Live: Life Lessons From Mahavira
Format Hardcover
Date published: 18.03.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Aleph Book Company
Language: English
isbn 9789388292429
length 112p.