Glimpses of the October-December 2009 Issue

Quotations from scriptures:

Selections from TATTVAARTH SUTRA

Acharya Umasvati, in the eighth chapter of TATTVAARTH SUTRA, brings out features of karmic bondage, which can be compared to the role of nucleic acids in the bodies of living beings and the working of the memory of a computer. However, it should be pointed out that karma particles are extremely minute and cannot be subjected to any scientific experiments.

 

Quotations From Acharya Umaswati's TATTVAARTH SUTRA

… the karmas involved in the process of binding become imprints of the activities and states of passion of a worldly soul. Certain karmas are shed upon fruition during one's lifetime. The remaining ones carry the imprints of the present life to the next. This phenomenon can be compared to the informational role of the nucleic acids and to the functioning of the memory of a computer.

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An article presenting the Jain concept of rational perception (SAMYAK DARSHAN).

 

Rational Perception

Based on Studies In Jainism: Reader 2, Lesson 8

Rational perception is achieved through intuition or through acquisition of reasoned knowledge. It should be noted that reasoned knowledge entails logical thinking. In simple words, it means that when one gives up all preconceived ideas, studies the scriptures and other books, listens to discourses of learned people, involves in logical thinking and then accepts what seems to be reasonable according to one's own experience and observation, one attains rational perception.

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A gem from January 1989 issue:

This article, based on the quotations from writings of scholars of religion, shows that Jains belonging to different traditions believe in the same doctrine and that the differences between them are insignificant.

 

History of Jainism: Digambar - Shvetambar

Insignificant Differences

There have been many groups and subgroups within the [Jain] community. But when one comes to analyze the differences among them it is found that these relate to trifling matters of rituals, or to details of the mythological stories. Even the great division between the Digambars and the Shvetambars is in relation to such petty details.

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Religion & Society:

Maintaining proper family relations is an important aspect of our concept of minimizing mental and physical violence.

 

Family Relations, Dating, Marriage And Divorce

In The Light Of Jain Concepts

Does this mean that life is a bed of roses? Not at all. Roses grow among thorns. Our lives have many sweet moments mixed with many problems, disappointments and conflicts. This is reality. Jainism plays an important role in this respect. During moments of crises, a Jain is not supposed to run to God or any gods or goddesses for favor. A Jain is self-reliant (SHRAMAN). He/she accepts crises as realities of life and tries to resolve the problems with composure.

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A gem from October 1998 issue:

An insightful moral story from ancient times.

 

Supreme Worship
An Ancient Indian Tale

By Yashpal Jain

Shiva and Parvati asked Kartikeya and Ganesh to listen carefully. They explained that talking nicely with one's parents, explaining one's intentions, seeking their advice, fulfilling their dreams and thus keeping them happy is more important than worship, pilgrimage and charity. Kartikeya and Ganesh understood.

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Observations & Views:

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

 

Two Consonant Views of Meditation

Scientists have long found an association between relaxation and health. Now, there is new evidence that meditation and other spiritual practices have a beneficial and measurable effect on the brain.

An Ideal Hospital

It looks like any of India's high tech centers where rich Indians and medical tourists can get first-world care at third-world prices. The surgical error rate is as low here as any place in America.

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Article: (To be used in a course at San Francisco State University)

"Religion, Religious Rituals And Society," Author: Shri Babu Lal Jain Vakil,

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