Glimpses of the April-June 2009 Issue

Quotations from scriptures:

Selections from TATTVAARTH SUTRA

Acharya Umasvati, in the seventh chapter of TATTVAARTH SUTRA, brings out that by following the basic human qualities of nonviolence, truth, non-stealing, chastity and non-possessiveness, an individual obtains auspicious karmas, which may eventually lead to the supreme state of existence.

Quotations From Acharya Umaswati's TATTVAARTH SUTRA

According to the fundamental concepts of the Jain religion, rational perception and rational knowledge are essential for rational conduct. Rational perception implies that one needs to be open-minded, dispassionate, unbiased, impartial and logical. In such an instance, the knowledge possessed by the individual becomes rational knowledge. Evidently, this knowledge is not necessarily exact, accurate or absolutely true. Further, it continues to evolve as the level of study and understanding of the individual unfolds and develops.

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From Religious Books:

In this article, the scholar Justice T. K. Tukol explains that a properly attained peaceful death is not suicide. Indeed, it is a supreme religious practice.

Peaceful Death Is Not Suicide

By Justice T. K. Tukol

Peaceful death according to spiritual concepts is the victory of the soul over karma and consequential infirmities of mind and body, the necessary accompaniments of the worldly existence. It is an act of fulfillment and fitting culmination to a life of piety and religion.

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From Religious Books:

A visionary writer, Shri Surendra Bothara, points out that our practice of nonviolence entails insightful thinking and judicious action. Such an approach will lead to peace and harmony in society, and will help us protect our environment.

The Exploration

By Shri Surendra Bothara

The principle of nonviolence incorporates within itself this natural balance and harmony of coexistence. While acquiring anything, generally the first thing that comes to mind is its usefulness to the individual. But according to the principle of nonviolence, many long-term and short-term factors are involved. Almost all these factors are covered by the edict that minimum harm should be caused in anyway to others as well as self while exploring, acquiring and using a thing.

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From October 1988 Issue:

This article presents a rational view of the Jain teaching of nonviolence.

Culture of Nonviolence

By Duli Chandra Jain

At the time of Mahaveer, the religious establishment had been taken over to some extent by certain irrational and selfish elements. Some scholars and leaders were exploiting the masses for self-gratification. Their weapon was fear of the unknown, which they instilled in the common people by propagating mysticism. They claimed that life can be made free from pain and suffering by chanting certain mantras and performing some rituals that please gods. If a person fell sick, they would suggest a particular ritual to cure him/her; when a person started on a long journey, they prescribed another kind of ritual for his safety, and so on and so forth. They led the people to believe that through such activities, material possessions and means of physical pleasure can be obtained in the present life and in the future. They proclaimed that a person would attain heaven and would not go to hell if he/she had faith in their precepts.

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Meeting of Minds:

Enjoy an interesting exchange of ideas about nonviolence and modern society in the following article.

Culture Of Nonviolence: An Exchange Of Ideas

By Sean DeWitt and Duli Chandra Jain

Economic well-being is so strongly tied to other factors of well-being: health, nutrition, education, freedom, etc. The core question to me is: can an economic system be designed that is consistent with, and therefore rewards individuals and institutions that act in accordance with the core vows you outline as the foundation for the culture of nonviolence? It is these truths that I intend to dedicate my professional life. I cannot predict success in finding a solution, but I can vow to explore the question.

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Observations & Views:

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

Some Aspects of Nonviolence

Based on the PBS Program, Bill Moyers' journal, of March 13, 2009

Religion And The Problem Of Terrorism

According to the Jain concept of nonviolence, there are no just wars. Thus there is no justification for violence to deal with terrorism. Similar concepts were presented on the PBS Program, Bill Moyers' journal, of January 9, 2009. Among other things, Bill Moyers remarked, "But brute force can turn self-defense into state terrorism. It's what the U.S. did in Vietnam, with B-52s and napalm, and again in Iraq, with shock and awe. By killing indiscriminately - the elderly, kids, entire families by destroying schools and hospitals - Israel did exactly what terrorists do and exactly what Hamas wanted. It spilled the blood that turns the wheel of retribution.

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