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Jaina Social Life: Ancient and Medieval India

K.L. Chanchreek (Editor) Mahesh Jain (Editor)
Synopsis This a study of jaina Social Life in Ancient and Medieval India. The Jaina society had always been dynamic and value based. It is a fact Mahavira never differentiated between Aryans and the non-Aryans, the rich and the poor, the peasants and the business community while addressing his sermons. The great teachers religious discourses were for all. He even admitted despised Mlechchas and low caste people in Jaina church. As such Jainism never attached importance to the prevailing caste system system rather opposed it. in Jainism ‘Jati’ has been used to describe the mundane conditions of the Jiva (soul). It believed men of all Kulas (Clans) are competent to attain salvation. It never accepted birth as a basis of caste. It declared that actions of man are the man determinants of his social status in life. A man’s high or low status is because of his Karman (actions). A man belonging to upper caste becomes low if his actions are degenerating. For a follower of Jina, caste is a trivial consideration. As such there were no community restrictions in Jainism of yore. There is mention in Jaina texts that orthodox Vedic Brahmans were highly upset of Jaina catholicity. In later days Hindu Puranas attacked Jainism and Buddhism for admitting low caste Sudras in Jaina and Buddhist church.
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About the authors

K.L. Chanchreek

K.L. Chanchreek is a great scholar and Indologist, academician and cultural activist, linquist and folklorist, poet and litteratueur, biographer and bibliographer. Born in delhi (1933) and educated at Agra, Delhi and Punjab Universities (1952-1957), he served in various capacities under the Government of India as Research Assistant, Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology and later Member, Experts Advisory Committee, Chief Librarian, M/o Commerce and Industry, General Manager, Modern Food Industries (A govt. of India Undertaking) Chief Editor, Collected Works of Dr. Ambedkar (Dr. Ambedkar Foundatioin, Govt. of India), and Academic Adviser, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar School of Social Sciences, Bundelkhand University. He has edited several literary and social journals. He has also written an compited books and research publications on a wide range of subjects like Jainology, Buddism, literature, library and information science folklore, Dalit movement, international nad current affairs as well as on national leaders. He has nearly four dozen titles to his credit both in Hindi and English brought out by the leading publishers and Government departments.

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Mahesh Jain

Born in Rohtak (1950) and educated at Agra and Meerut University, Dr. Jain has written and complited several works on various disciplines e.g. Jainism, Management, Research methodology, Modern Indian history and literatuare both in Hindi and English, as co-author. He has expertise on print media and associated with several cultural, literary and social organizations.

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Title Jaina Social Life: Ancient and Medieval India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8188658626
length xii+300p., Tables; Appendix; Bibliography; 23cm.