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CONTRIBUTIONS OF JAINA RELIGION TO INDIAN CULTURE / Prof. Hiralal Jain

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    mokshamargasya netaram bhettaram karmabhubhrtam jñataram vishvatattvanam vande tadgunalabdhaye Jaya Jinendra CONTRIBUTIONS OF JAINA RELIGION TO INDIAN CULTURE
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      mokshamargasya netaram bhettaram karmabhubhrtam
      jñataram vishvatattvanam vande tadgunalabdhaye

      Jaya Jinendra

      CONTRIBUTIONS OF JAINA RELIGION TO INDIAN CULTURE
      (English)
      By Prof. Hiralal Jain
      Eng. tr. by Nirmala Madan & Anuradha Mathur
      Shri Shvetambar Murtipujak Jain Boarding (Ahmedabad) Series 20
      2004 250 x 185 mm 348 pp
      Hardcover Rs. 400

      Jainism is an ancient and living religion of India. The highest principles
      of non-violence, non-possessiveness and a unique many-sided
      approach to peaceful co-existence are the cornerstones of this religion.
      Often inaccurately described as an offshoot of Hinduism, or as being
      influenced by Buddhism, Jainism is an ancient religion with an antiquity
      that goes well inot the pre-Vedic era. It is quite simply the oldest living
      religion in the world. And far from being influenced by Buddhism, it was
      Gautama Buddha, who was influenced by Mahavira and his illustrious
      predecessor Parshvanatha.

      Jainism has had a tremendous impact on India, on its spiritual and social
      life and on the way India perceives herself both historically and
      culturally. The oldest lapidiary inscriptions found in India are the Ashokan
      edicts, all written in Shauraseni Prakrit, the language adapted by the
      Jainas
      and written in the Brahmi script, first taught by Lord Adinatha, the first
      Jaina Tirthankara.

      India has been named Bharat, after Bharata Cakravarti, the firstborn son
      of Lord Adinatha. India's spiritual emphasis on non-violence is also deeply
      influenced by Jainism.

      In this book, Prof. Jain has chosen to write on the Jaina Religious
      Contribution to Indian Culture. In this endeavour Prof. Jain has been
      extremely cautious to adhere to a very objective methodology and this
      has resulted in this very illuminating and impartial study of the Jaina
      Contribution to Indian Culture. This book, in its first avatara in Hindi,
      was written at the behest of the Government of India and published by
      them. Credit should go to Dr. Jitendra Shah, who got the original work tr.
      into English and has now published it under the Shri Shvetambar Murtipujak
      Jain Boarding Series at a low price.

      Prof. Hiralal Jain belonged to the North Indian Digambara lay scholar
      tradition and commanded universal respect for his scholarship and his
      editing, along with Prof. A.N. Upadhye, of the Shatkhandagama
      (Scripture in Six Parts) in the early 20th century.

      The Chapter Scheme is as under:
      1. The Origin and Development of Jaina Religion (pp 1- 43)
      2. Jaina Literature (pp 44 - 200)
      3. Jaina Philosophy (pp 201 - 259)
      4. Jaina Art (pp 260 - 345)
      5. Conclusion (pp 346)

      This is a meticulosuly researched study. Worth reading again and again,
      esp. by those who would deny Jainism's independent status as a religion
      thus seeking to nullify the undeniable impact of Jainism on Indian
      consciousness and spiritualism.

      Earnestly recommended for all students of Jainism, Indian Cutlure and
      Indian Philosophy.

      || sarvatra shubhamastu ||
      Manish

      Web: www.hindibooks.8m.com
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