Volume 30, Number 1, January-March 2009

Editorial Advisers:

Manish Y. Modi (Mumbai), Richa Jain, Rashmi Jain, Sunita Jain, Dr. Ranjana Jain, Sundeep Hora, Brian Jain, Brittany Jain, Ranita Jain, Sean D. DeWitt, Dr. Chandrakant P. Shah, Dr. Subhash C. Jain and Dr. Shailendra Palvia

Glimpses of the January-March 2009 Issue

Quotations from scriptures:

Selections from TATTVAARTH SUTRA

Enjoy the imaginative and elaborate details of the celestial world presented by Acharya Umasvati in the fourth chapter of TATTVAARTH SUTRA.


Quotations From Acharya Umaswati's TATTVAARTH SUTRA

The pursuit of sensual pleasures entails anxiety. Therefore, an individual who is free from sensual desires is free from anxiety and possesses equanimity - peace of mind. Such an individual is like the celestial beings in the highest levels who enjoy exemplary peace and happiness.

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From Religious Books:

In this article, the scholarly Sadhvi, Dr. Subhasha presents a comprehensive scriptural view of rational perception.


Rational Perception In Jain Tradition

By Sadhvi Dr. Subhasha

Resolute conviction of the aspects of reality (TATTVAs) as ascertained through observation and discernment is defined as rational perception. Accordingly, rational perception entails accepting aspects of reality or fundamentals (PADAARTHs, constituents of the universe) exactly as they exist and are observed.

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Religion and Society:

A visionary youngster, Priyanka Doshi, in her presentation, points out that certain traditional practices of Jainism are compatible with the trends of the 'in' crowd.


Jainism: In The Eyes Of A Prudent Youngster

By Priyanka Doshi

The Jain introspection has all the appropriate yoga positions (AASANs) for the body and doing it everyday is as healthy as going to the gym or yoga or whatever. Eating Jain food all the time may sound boring to most of you, but eating salads and dieting all the time is great, isn't it?

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From Religious Books:

In this article, the scholarly mendicant, Kshullak Sanmatisagar, describes the seven addictions. Renouncing these addictions is essential to the practice of Jainism.


Seven Addictions (SAPTA VYASAN)

By Kshullak Sanmatisagar

In a nutshell, addictions comprise immoral and objectionable tendencies and actions. In NEETIVAAKYAAMRIT, Acharya Somadev defines addiction as deportment that defiles the character of an individual and leads him/her away from the path of well-being. Indeed, addictions are immoral deeds in which an individual indulges on account of sensual yearning and habits. An individual, who suffers from any kind of addiction, loses sight of religion, humanity, scholarship, prestige and truth. …

The seven addictions described above impair the character, personality and social status of individuals. An individual loses his/her personal freedom and becomes a slave to his/her addictions. Evidently, addictions impede one's spiritual progress - peace of mind and genuine happiness.

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Observations & Views:

Our readers are expected to enjoy the thought-provoking concepts presented in the following items:


Mahatma Gandhi And Ramana Maharshi
On Improving The World

By Prof. Arvind Sharma, McGill University

Both Mahatma Gandhi and Ramana Maharshi emphasized the fact that one must change oneself in order to change the world. Thus changing the world, like charity begins at home.

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How To Deal With Terrorism

Based on the article 'Give Ahimsa A Chance' by Rev. Valson Thampu

While the outlook of hostility endeavors to eliminate 'the enemy', the paradigm of hospitality seeks to eradicate 'enmity'. The paradigm of 'a tooth for a tooth', as an anti-terror strategy, targets the enemy, who targets innocent human beings because he cannot get at his enemy. It is no longer 'a tooth for a tooth' but 'as many innocent and indiscriminate teeth as possible for a tooth'. Violence spreads, gets glorified, and its logic penetrates deeper into the collective psyche.

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Non-possessiveness: An Aspect Of Nonviolence

Based on the article 'The Ahimsa Way: Living A Simple Life' by Usha Jesudasan

Living simply also means living contentedly. When the commercial world tells us to want more and more, contentment is not about getting more and more, it is about being happy with what we have. Being content with what we have, gives us the power to say, 'Enough'.

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Readers' Comments


Sean D. DeWitt (Editorial Advisor):

(Comments 'Jainism: In The Eyes Of A Prudent Youngster' by Priyanka Doshi)

Thank you for sharing this. As usual, I enjoyed the perspective of the writer very much. … To me, the author is trying to encourage the reader to examine their own life and determine if spirituality is an important part of their existence. I think this is an important question. I often wrestle with this issue myself. My own spirituality has guided me to be involved in poverty alleviation work. … It is something I am trying to work on every day, by incorporating many of the principles that the author describes in her article.

Nitin Mehta (email):

Enjoyed reading the October issue. Keep up the good work.

However, I do not agree with the emailed article [How To Deal With Terrorism, included in the column 'Observations & Views' of the present issue], considering India's history.

Dr. Shailendra Palvia (email):

That [How To Deal With Terrorism] is a great article.

Dr. Paras Mal Agrawal (email):

I have read the article [How To Deal With Terrorism]. I enjoyed it. I agree with the views of the author. Jain scriptures describe five vices. One of these five is violence. One cannot be free from this vice without addressing other vices. Unfortunately, the world is not ready even to talk about possessiveness as a vice. It is critically important that we possess without covetousness. What does it mean? Here comes the role of the philosophy in our practical life that would let us possess things with a sense of trusteeship and adopt hospitality as discussed by the author.

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