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The Golden Book of Jainism: Humanity's Oldest Religion of Non-Violence

Mahendra Kulasrestha (Editor)
Synopsis The Golden Books series of Indian religions is specially planned and designed for the general educated reader in India and abroad, who in the 21st century of the Third Millennium, wants to know about them to contribute his lot to the fast growing globalisation of world cultures. It includes Vedic, Upanishadic, Buddhistic and Jain religions, the mainstay of Indian culture, which have made their mark in various ways in Asia and the West Sincer olden times. In Asia and the West since Olden times. In terror-stricken modern times also, they are trying to pay their role in setting things rights and devising a new, eclectic way of life. Indian religions have lots of philosophy and hundreds of scriptures with commentaries and commentaries on commentaries, which present a highly complicated picture especially in comparison to one-book religion cultures. The Golden Books select the most important and the best of them, translated into simple, easy and understandable English, by learned scholars and present them in capsule form for wider use and benefit. Jainism is a most interesting religio-cultural groups, comparable to Buddhism, which holds immediate attention by the unique customs and practices of its white-clad and unclad-‘clad-by-air’-mendicant. But it is much older to Buddhism, and much stricter in matters of non-killing, the special theory of India, brought over by Gandhi to modern times and used in an unexpected context. Its philosophy is also much more fundamental as well as elaborate, and more convincing in comparison to the six Hindu as well as many Buddhistic philosophies. The Syadvada/Anekantavada. Is a gem, to say the least. The scriptures are very many, which extended to poetry, drama, etc. Here is a selection of the most pertinent and the best of these, which succeed in presenting a comprehensive picture of its concepts, practices of the holy order and laity, and life in general. The reader will find parts of the work quite interesting and enlightening.
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About the author

Mahendra Kulasrestha

Mahendra Kulasrestha, has been the first Editor of the well-known Orient Paperbacks, and has been associated with the Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan, Mumbai; V. Vedic Research Inst., Hoshiarpur, Pb.; Vision Books; Hind Pocket Books; Rajpal and Sons; Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust; HUDCO; DDA; SEWA Delhi, etc. He has edited the much useful Public Concerns Series, and been Consultant Editor of International Books Update. His works include: Japan An Enigma, An anthology of Japanese Literature (Hindi), Tagore Centenary Volume, The Genius of Tagore, Aspects of Indian Culture, world Poetry Number of a Hindu Literary magazine, An Anthology of Hindi Literary magazine, An Anthology of Hindu Short Stories in English, Existence and Other Poems (English translation of Amrita Pritam’s poems), A study of Western philosophers in Hindi, etc.

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Title The Golden Book of Jainism: Humanity's Oldest Religion of Non-Violence
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Lotus Press
Language: English
isbn 818382014X
length 246p., 23cm.