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Fundamentals of Jainism

Jagdish Prasad Jain (Editor)
Synopsis This book examines the basic principles of Jain religion and philosophy and evaluates their relevance in the contemporary world. This volume traces the antiquity of Jainism from literary and archaeological sources. It discusses the principles of Jaina ethics and highlights the role of samyak-darshan (enlightened view) in life, anekant (jain relativism, which systhesizes dicergent views) in thought, syadvad ( faultless method of expression) in speech, ahimsa (non-violence) in conduct and aparigraha (limitation of wants and possessions) in society. The study examines the nature of the soul (consciousness), the characteristics of embodied self, the doctrine of Karma and explains how the spiritual soul interacts with the physical body. The author argues that the Jaina concept of Absolute (the state of undifferentiated state of the self),is more realistic than the two extremes of Advaita Vedanta and Buddhism. This authentic and systematic compendium of the essence of Jainism will be useful to scholars and students of Indian philosophy.
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About the author

Jagdish Prasad Jain

Jagdish Prasad Jain 'Sadhak' is Founder of Jain Mission and Editor of Jain Agam. He was formerly Diplomat/Adviser, Indian Mission to the United Nations, New York; Deputy Director, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India; and Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has published nearly a dozen books, including fundamentals of Jainism, Salvation through Self-Discipline: Niyamsara of Kundakunda, Spiritual Insights: Ishtopadesh and Samadhi Shatak by Pujyapada (editor), Spiritual Enlightenment: Paramatma Prakash by Yogindu Deva (Editor). He has published a number of articles in national and international journals, including Jinmanjari (Mississauga, Canada) and Jain Journal (Kolkata).

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Bibliographic information

Title Fundamentals of Jainism
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Radiant Publishers
Language: English
isbn 9788170272434
length xx+348p., Notes; Bibliography; Index; 23cm