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The Essence of Jaina Scriptures: Pravachanasara of Kundakunda with Tattvadipika commentary by Amrtachandra Suri

 
Jagdish Prasad Jain (Editor) Jagdish Prasad Jain (Introduction)
Synopsis

Pravachanasara by Kundakunda contains the Essence of Divine Discourses or the Jaina Scriptures, which contain the teachings of Lord Mahavira—the last of the 24 Tirthankaras.

This volume discusses the fundamental concepts of Jainism, including the definition of dharma, the nature of the self, equanimity, the pure (shuddha), good (shubha) and evil (ashuba) conscious attentiveness, morality and spirituality, the issue of compassion, the concepts of svaymabhu and omniscience, the relation between soul and knowledge, the principle of knowledge and the principle of the knowable, including jiva, internal and external aspects of conduct, the dual role of moral virtues, non-violence, non-possessiveness, the mechanism of bondage, and the path to attain liberation.

The extensive introduction presents and clarifies these concepts in their proper perspective and dispels misperceptions and misrepresentations of both Indian and foreign scholars, including Kanjipanthi and W.J. Johnson as well as Amrtachandra and Jayasena-the two Sanskrit commentators of Pravachanasara.

The book will be useful to scholars and students of Indian philosophy and religion, particularly Jainism.

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About the authors

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).

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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Title The Essence of Jaina Scriptures: Pravachanasara of Kundakunda with Tattvadipika commentary by Amrtachandra Suri
Format Hardcover
Date published: 22.12.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Kaveri Books
Language: English
isbn 8174791639, 9788174791634
length xxiii+480p., Bibliography; Index; 23cm.