Jain Study Circular
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Quotations from scriptures:

Selections from TATTVAARTH SUTRA

Acharya Umaswati's TATTVAARTH SUTRA is a systematic and comprehensive presentation of the principles of Jainism. The eminent acharyas have demonstrated a penetrating insight in systematizing these concepts of reality, as is evident from the exceptional nature of the logical structure and the level of sophistication of Jain metaphysics.

Quotations From Acharya Umaswati's TATTVAARTH SUTRA

Just as water flows into a reservoir by means of streams, similarly, karmic particles flow toward a worldly soul on account of vibrations of the iotas of the soul. This process is called karmic influx (AASHRAV).

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From Religious Books:

In the present article, the eminent acharya brings out some distinctive features of the Jain theory of karma.

Some Aspects Of The Jain Theory Of Karma

by Acharya Shri Atmaram

A worldly soul conquers karmas only when it realizes its full potentiality - when it has the realization that its worldly existence and sufferings are the consequences of its own irrationalism and delusion.

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From Religious Books:

Individuals, monks and scholars, indulge in tall talk, slogans, declarations and pledges, rather than taking constructive steps such as organizing common worships and other religious celebrations to achieve Jain unity. We should realize that the key to unity lies in educating Jains about the fundamentals of Jainism, which point to the facts that the Jain doctrine is one and the same and that the differences are academic. The rituals in Jainism are supposed to promote understanding of the basics and bring about good feelings. Instead, they are keeping us apart.

History of Jainism: Digambar - Shwetambar
Insignificant Differences

There have been many groups and subgroups within the (Jain) community. But when one comes to analyse 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 Shwetambars is in relation to such petty details.

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From Religious Books:

The Story Of Gommateshwar Bahubali reflects a variety of Jain beliefs and teachings. An English adaptation of the prayer composed by Acharya Nemi Chandra Siddhant Chakravarti presents similar concepts.

The Story Of Gommateshwar Bahubali
A Prayer To Gommateshwar Bahubali

Unhindered by temporal possessions,

imperturbable equanimity,

banishing false pride and avarice

he fasted for a year and more, conquering hunger;

so I bow in obeisance to Bhagwaan Gommateshwar.

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From Religious Books:

The facets of Indian religion and culture described by the celebrated scholarly writer, Shashi Tharoor, in his book ' India - From Midnight To The Millennium' are illuminating. His ideas about Hinduism are applicable to Jainism as well. Some of the concepts contained in this article are similar to those advanced in the article. 'India - Past and Present'.

Indian Culture, Heritage and Our Identity

by Shashi Tharoor

As a Hindu, I subscribe to a creed that is free of the restrictive dogmas of holy writ, that refuses to be shackled to the limitations of a single holy book.

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In this article, the eminent scholar, Pandit Sukh Lal Sanghvi, presents an illuminating account of his association with Pandit Nathu Ram Premi.

In The Mirror Of My Memories
(Life Of Pandit Nathu Ram Premi: Scholar And Social Reformer)

by Acharya Pandit Sukh Lal Sanghvi

Had Premiji not possessed a non-sectarian approach toward unveiling the truth, he would not have gained such a highly respected position among Jains as well as non-Jains. When I presented the results of my researches about TATTVAARTH SUTRA and Acharya Umaswati, Premiji supported my views with fearless viewpoint of a researcher and without any concern about the sectarian opposition.

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From past issues: January 1983

India: Past and Present

The Jain religion is an integral part of Indian culture. Thus, we Jains should know our heritage.

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Observations & Views:

It is hoped that our readers will enjoy the concepts presented in this column.

Jain Concepts and The Environment

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Present State of The Jain Society

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Global Wave of Fundamentalism And Terrorism

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