Glimpses of the January 2008 Issue

 

Quotations from scriptures:

Selections from TATTVAARTH SUTRA

Enjoy the logical and systematic presentation of the sophisticated features of the Jain concept of reality presented by Acharya Umaswati in TATTVAARTH SUTRA.


Selections From Acharya Umaswati's TATTVAARTH SUTRA

Function of living beings:

Worldly beings assist each other. The assistance is mutual. For example, a teacher helps his/her student by imparting knowledge. The student exhibits the feelings of gratitude and respect for the teacher. In turn, the teacher has the satisfaction of helping his/her students in becoming worthy members of society. This is the process of mutual obligation. Similar concepts apply in our interactions with animal and plant life as well. Men domesticate animals and cultivate plants. In turn, the animals serve them and plants yield food, fruits and flowers. These are not incidents of charity or compassion. No one is expected to have feelings of superiority/authority or inferiority/servitude. All worldly souls are equal and independent of each other.

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This article by Dr. Pradyumn Kumar Jain brings out the subtle distinction between the Jain concepts and modern psychology as far as attaining peace and happiness in life is concerned.


Foundations Of An Ideal State Of Mind
(Realization Of True Knowledge
In The Context Of Twelve Contemplations)

by Dr. Pradyumn Kumar Jain

Accurate knowledge of reality makes us realize that compulsion and despair originate in the inner swirls of complex feelings. Such feelings arise due to subdued mental states, which, in turn, result from passions of attachment, aversion, anger, pride, intrigue and greed. Passions emanate from delusion and injure the mind, which, in turn, leads to a variety of activities of body and speech. Our personality is influenced by these vibrations (activities) of body, speech and mind.

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Religion & Society:

The following true story by the insightful writer Mrs. Raj Kumari Begani presents views of some undesirable aspects of our religious practices.


In The Mirror Of Memories

by Mrs. Raj Kumari Begani

Roma's parents were poor. The left hand of her husband was shorter than his right hand. That is why Jayantilal and Mamata had accepted Roma for their youngest son. Roma was the most beautiful among the ladies of the family. She was also well versed in household work. She had a pleasant disposition and high ideals. Still she was neglected by other members of her husband's family. She thought that her status might improve by observing the eight-day fast. Practice of religion may help her cross the line from neglect to respect. Hence she had decided to perform that severe penance.

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Straight Talk:

This article presents a genuine religious system as opposed to antiquated, delusive and pretentious religion.


Facets Of True Religion

by Mahatma Bhagwan Din

Religion does not indulge in conflicts:

Any conflicts among religions indicate that they have fallen prey to ignorance and have departed from truth. Ignorance and deviation from truth leads a religion to indulge in trivial squabbling with others. Religion is like a bright light - pure and immaculate. Just as light does not clash with light, a real religion does not assail other religions. Two veritable religious (DHARMAATMA or EIMAANDAAR) persons never indulge in any dispute. If Hindus and Muslims had been religious (DHARMAATMA or EIMAANDAAR), they would not have fought amongst themselves. Guru Nanak and Sant Kabir, two of the great sages of India, have given a candid and sound advice to their followers in this respect. In fact, followers of all religions deserve such advice.

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Please enjoy a few parallels between the scientific approach and the system adopted by Jainism to unravel reality.


Jainism And Modern Science: A Comparative Study

by Duli Chandra Jain

The scientific process is similar to the three jewels of Jainism (RATNATRAYA). These are rational perception (SAMYAK DARSHAN), rational knowledge (SAMYAK JNAAN) and rational conduct (proper lifestyle, SAMYAK CHAARITRA). Rational perception involves observing and studying nature &endash; living and non-living, without any bias or preconceived notion. However, this does not preclude the study of religion, philosophy and science. After a careful observation and thought comes rational knowledge. This does not necessarily imply knowing and accepting what is written in the holy books or what is preached by a learned person. The third jewel in the life of a Jain is rational conduct &endash; adopting a proper lifestyle. This leads to the concept of nonviolence in Jainism, which involves living in harmony with fellow beings and with nature. It should be emphasized that rational conduct does not end with such religious activities as worship, prayers, chanting, attending sermons and study of scriptures. On the other hand, indulging in these religious activities is undesirable if it is done with intent of show, pride, desire of material comforts in this life or in the after-life. Rational conduct involves being at peace with oneself and with one's sentient and insentient environment. In fact, one of the purposes of various religious activities is to learn and adopt a proper lifestyle. Just as schooling is for career development, similarly, prayers, worships, religious discourses and study of scriptures are for adopting rational conduct.

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Observations & Views:

Please enjoy the articles presented in this column:


Vegetarianism On The Rise

Some Observations On Religion

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Readers' Comments


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