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04.01.2008Too busy - no editorial this week...JAINA Convention 2007Peace Through Dialog 2007 - Father Valles : Peace Through Friendship
Chesterton tells the story of a Catholic family that came to live in a Protestant neighborhood. The Protestant neighbors frowned when passing in front of their house and said under their breath, "God knows what they must be eating in there!" One morning a Protestant boy had to knock at their door to retrieve a ball that had strayed inside. He saw the family at the breakfast table eating, came out clutching the ball and shouting through the street, "They are eating porridge! They are eating porridge!" He was excited and happy that just like any other British family they too were eating porridge.....
http://www.herenow4u.de/Pages/eng/Sections/JAINA/Convention_2007/PeaceThroughDialog2007-Fa.htmPeace Through Dialog 2007 - Rajiv Jain : Vedic & Shraman Cultures Of India
Many western scholars claim that Jainism was founded by Bhagawan Mahavira in the 6th century BC. This is accurate from an organizational and reforming perspective. But from a philosophical perspective, the major tenets of Jainism trace back to a much older culture of India - the Shraman Tradition. The Shraman Tradition is likely Pre-Aryan in origin. That is, its origin is prior to the Aryan migration to India that took place around 1500BC. Shraman tradition is said to be Pre-Vedic meaning its philosophy being different from the Vedas (which were compiled between 1500-1 100BC). Therefore we had two principle currents prevalent in India during those times - Vedic and Shraman - with Jainism having it roots in Shraman Culture. The Shramanic philosophy was systematized by Jain Thirthankars starting from Rishabdev Bhagawan continuing to Mahavir......
http://www.herenow4u.de/Pages/eng/Sections/JAINA/Convention_2007/PeaceThroughDialog2007-Ra.htmPeace Through Dialog 2007 - Tim Helton : Thank You, And Please
As a Christian, I write to express both gratitude and anticipation to the Jain community. My gratitude stems from the contribution of Jaina practice and theology to Christian practice and theology, particularly the theology of Martin Luther King Jr., and the impact of that theology on the Civil Rights movement in the United States. Someone has cynically said that gratitude is the anticipation of favors yet to come, and in addition to expressing gratitude, I write in a spirit of anticipation. Jainism is a rich faith, and it is my hope that its trinity of values, ahimsa, aparigraha, and anekantvada will provide an important corrective to American Christianity's absolutism, tolerance of violence, and subservience to consumerism......
http://www.herenow4u.de/Pages/eng/Sections/JAINA/Convention_2007/PeaceThroughDialog2007-Ti.htmPeace Through Dialog 2007 - Sudhir M. Shah : Exhibition - A Great Media Of Communication And Dialogue
Sudhir M. Shah
Despite its formidable history, the Jain faith has less than 10 million members, the vast majority whom reside in India. Only 1 % of the world's population is even aware of Jainism. This poses a challenge for many of us active in the interfaith activities.
Today, an estimated ten thousand Jain families live in North America. Though many go often to the temple, and some regularly attend pathshala (Jain educational classes), few truly understand and apply the principles of Jainism in their day to day lives.
Why, a philosophy that has so much to offer is understood so little? This is because Jains, the followers of Jainism, have historically remained passive and complacent both in the practice as well as in active promotion of their great philosophy. "Understanding Jain Way of Life" a 72 penal JAINA exhibition, is our attempt to address this issue.......
Editors' India Tour 2007German Language Course At JVBI -  All At Once
Editor Karuna Jain
Friday evening before the weekend trip, there was suddenly a knock at my door. A breathless messenger stammered, Madame Vice-Chancellor calls you at her home - now. He gave me sign to follow him and headed towards VCs home. I knew that he did not speak one word of English language and asked myself how he had managed this difficult task. He was assistant to the VCs personal assistant, and was happy when I immediately did what he had asked me to. On my way, I noticed that I forgot to take my camera with me......
JVB UniversityJVBU - Pooja Sharma - Environmental Ethics And Its Relevance : An Analytical Study
JAIN VISHVA BHARATI UniversityStride of mankind from Ape Age to the present advance modern age is not a miracle, which took place in few seconds. Man being an extraordinary component of environment made this possible by implying his intellect, power and vigour. In his beautiful journey of development, nature proved to be the true companion right from the very beginning of his journey. It revealed itself gradually to the man while he was steeping towards manhood. Initially he was influenced by physical factors of climate, soil, water, air, place etc.
http://www.herenow4u.de/Pages/eng/Sections/JVB_University/JVBU-PoojaSharma-Environm.htmJVBU Invites : National Seminar And International Round-Table Session
It gives us immense pleasure to inform you that with the blessings and inspiration of His Holiness Acharya Shree Mahaprajna and under the guidance of the Honourable Vice Chancellor, Dept. of Jainology and Comparative Religion and Philosophy is going to organize a round-table session on the theme "The Role of Jainism in Evolving a New Paradigm of Philosophy" in the World Congress of Philosophy to be held on the subject of "Rethinking Philosophy Today", in Seoul, South Korea from July 30 to August 5, 2008.
Before the session a national seminar is being organized on the same theme at Ladnun from February 21st to 23rd, 2008.
http://www.herenow4u.de/Pages/eng/Sections/JVB_University/JVBUInvitesNationalSemina.htmJVBU - The Role of Jainism in Evolving a New Paradigm of Philosophy
At the present juncture of time humanity is passing through turmoil and facing a crisis, which is manifold and multi-dimensional. Humanity is stationed at a crossroad and is in a fix. On the one hand there are marvels of science and technology that are bewitching and bewildering, on the other, there are value-erosions, moral degeneration, and different types of deprivations leading to tensions, strife and sufferings. The ratiocinative human mind is faced with a dilemma as to how to respond to the present scenario. There is no doubt about the tremendous material progress but has it been able to usher in the aspired peace and the desired prosperity at the physical, mental and spiritual levels?......
http://www.herenow4u.de/Pages/eng/Sections/JVB_University/JVBU-TheRoleofJainisminEv.htmJVBsJVB London - Visiting Jain Society at the London School of Economics (LSE) 6.12.2007
Aadit S Virani
The Jain Society at the London School of Economics (LSE) was founded only ten weeks ago and already boasts 84 members. We aim to promote, practice, protect and preserve the Jain culture and identity at LSE. The society will act as a hub for all Jain students and those interested in Jainism, encouraging the discussion and exploration of Jain philosophy, spirituality and its practical importance to life, in an open and friendly environment.
On Thursday 6th December 2007 we were honoured to welcome respected Samani Prasanna Pragya and Samani Manan Pragya from Jain Vishwa Bharti London to share their knowledge and wisdom with our members. The program commenced with an hour-long PowerPoint presentation on the basic fundamentals of Jainism and discussed the history of the faith as well as many answering many questions. The presentation proved to be very informative and quite successful with our members.
JVB New Jersey - Newsletter Inner Reflections 2007-12
Inner Reflections -Volume V - Issue 5 - December 2007
Message from Acharya Shree Mahaprajna + Fifth convocation of JVBU + JVBNA Events In November: Jaap on Mahavir Nirvana Divas + Final Exams of Prekshameditation trainees + Samanijis visit to Drew University + JVBNA Events In December: Annual Function + Pain Relief Through PM + A Session Among + Cheerleaders + Samanijis Departure + JVBNA Regular Sessions
http://www.herenow4u.de/Pages/eng/Sections/JVB_NewJersey/JVBNewJersey-NewsletterIn-8.htmJVB London - Souvenir 2007JVBL - Souvenir 2007 International Ahimsa Day, October 2, 2007
The United Nations Organization has declared the birthday (2nd October) of Mahatma Gandhi to be celebrated as "International Ahimsa Day" every year. This is indeed a very important event. Through this declaration, the UNO has not only attracted the attention of the whole world to Ahimsa (non-violence) but also has presented a new alternative before the people of the world, who are reeling under the panic of violence and terrorism. This effort of furnishing a new orientation to thinking and vision is really commendable....
http://www.herenow4u.de/Pages/eng/Sections/JVB_London/JVBL-Souvenir2007_Interna.htmJVBL - Souvenir 2007 - Ahimsa, Non-Violence Messages
Non-violence is the need of the hour, the demand of the present era. It is even better to state that non-violence is human nature. Therefore, whenever man drifts away from his nature, problems emerge. To resolve these problems he needs to go back to his true nature i.e. non-violence. This means that from one's original nature to a distortion and from the distortion back to what is natural to him, man moves in cycles. If man could relate to and take a lesson from nature, he would be able to live within the parameters of non-violence - which is what comes naturally to him and a new culture could evolve......
http://www.herenow4u.de/Pages/eng/Sections/JVB_London/JVBL-Souvenir2007-AhimsaN.htmJVBL - Souvenir 2007 - Ahimsa, Non-Violence : Form & Nature
Indian culture is dominated by spirituality and the soul of spirituality is ahimsa (non-violence). It is the quintessence of all religions. The religion that is not connected to ahimsa cannot protect anyone. Bereft of ahimsa, religion is like a body without a soul. Despite its praise and adoration by all, we come across conflicting views as regards the form and nature of ahimsa. The circumference of its definitions is so vast and expansive that sometimes its centre disappears. From one point of view it is an extensive royal road but from another it is compared to a steep and narrow path hemmed in on either side by deep valleys. The path of ahimsa is narrower than the edge of sword. In a situation like this how can anyone dare to tread it?........
http://www.herenow4u.de/Pages/eng/Sections/JVB_London/JVBL-Souvenir2007-AhimsaN-2.htmView Point: New Dawn For The New Year
The scientists today are carrying out studies and research into Innumerable subjects. They are also publishing reports from time to time which provide us with an opportunity to understand ecology and environment and also bestow on us an in depth experience of human problems. These studies are, however, lacking in the investigation or survey of human development. We can thus conclude that in the global society there is a rat race for economic development, materialistic development and the development of the means of comfort but human development is being lost sight of. This one-sided view as well as the endeavor is creating a long list of problems. Solutions are also being investigated but they themselves are becoming problems on account of this lopsided approach. The truth is that any development that ignores human development cannot solve the problem. .......
http://www.herenow4u.de/Pages/eng/Sections/Press_Reviews/ViewPointNewDawnForTheNew.htmNew Year Message 2008
The scientists today are carrying out studies and research into innumerable subjects. They are also publishing reports from time to time, which provide us with an opportunity to understand ecology and environment and also bestow on us an in-depth experience of human problems. These studies are, however, lacking in the investigation or survey of human development. In the global society there is a race for economic development, materialistic development and the development of the means of comfort but human development is being lost sight of. This one-sided view as well as endeavours for same are creating a long list of problems. Solutions are also being investigated but they themselves are becoming problems on account of this lopsided approach. The truth is that any development that ignores human development cannot solve the problem. Let us not think of human development only on the basis of materialistic development. Human development is, in reality, the development of consciousness. It is the development of that consciousness on the basis of which one can dream of a truly happy life, free from physical and mental diseases, free from infatuation with material objects, free from tension, full of peace and tranquility.
http://www.herenow4u.de/Pages/eng/Sections/Press_Reviews/NewYearMessage2008.htmEagle's Eye: Perennial Truth & Age-Specific Truth
Unthinkingly everything can be called eternal, but can any material extension be ever eternal? We say, 'Religion is perennial.' After all what is religion as such?
Truth has been being discussed ever since the development of men's intellect. There are three schools in philosophy regarding truth - eternalism, non-eternalism and eternal-non-eternalism.
ConferencesJDICON 2008 - 4th Jain Doctors' International Conference
Dr. Ravindra Gandhi
National Jain Doctors' Federation [NJDF] is organising the 4th Jain Doctors' International Conference - JDICON 2008 - on Saturday-Sunday, 16 & 17 February 2008 at Shanmukhanand Auditorium, Sion, Mumbai.
http://www.herenow4u.de/Pages/eng/Articles/JDICON2008-4thJainDoctors.htmAnuvibha - VI International Conference On Peace And Nonviolent Action - Report
Dr. Sohan Lal Gandhi
The Voice of Ahimsa from Childrens Peace Palace Rajsamand (INDIA)
The two major events of the 6th ICPNA organized by ANUVIBHA on the eve of its Silver Jubilee i.e. International Dialogue on the Challenge of Violence, Hunger and Poverty and the First International Nonviolence Leadership Training Camp were a great success in that the purposes with which they were planned were accomplished. They were a part of a series of such endeavours we undertake from time to time to build a culture of peace and nonviolence in consonance with the spirit of the UN Decade of a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).........
25 BOOKS ONLINE
http://www.herenow4u.de/Struktur/eng/Menu_Links/05.Books_Online.htm3 more books in progress at the moment
new chapters this week:To keep in mind for the current day
http://www.herenow4u.deAbstract Thinking - by Acharya Mahaprajna
Lord Mahavira's Scripture Of Health - by Acharya Mahaprajna
Atoms In Jain Philosophy & Modern Science - by J. S. Zaveri & Muni Mahendra Kumar
HereNow4U : DEUTSCH [German]
Editors India Tour 2007Deutschkurs an der JVB Universität, Ladnun -  Alles auf einmal
Editor Karuna Jain
Am Freitagabend vor dem Wochenendausflug, wenige Tage vor dem Ende des Kurses, klopfte es plötzlich an meiner Tür. Ein atemloser Bote stotterte: Madame Vice-Chancellor calls you at her home - now. (Die Frau Rektorin möchte, dass du jetzt bei ihr vorbeischaust.) Er bedeutete mir mitzukommen und schob sein Fahrrad in Richtung des angegebenen Ziels. Gerührt fragte ich mich, wie lange er diesen Satz geübt hatte. Er arbeitet für den Sekretär der Rektorin und spricht nicht englisch. Als ich ihm folgte, strahlte er vor Zufriedenheit, diese schwierige Aufgabe gelöst zu haben. Ich nicht, denn ich merkte, dass ich meine Kamera nicht dabei hatte........
http://www.herenow4u.de/Pages/ger/Themen/2007_Ladnun/DeutschkursanderJVBUniver-14.htmB ü c h e r O n l i n e
- Die Philosophie von der Seele und der Materie - Gurudev Shree Chitrabhanu
- Zur Harmonie im Inneren - Acharya Mahaprajna
Geheimnisse des Geistes - Acharya MahaprajnaGeheimnisse des Geistes [20.3] Entwicklung der geistigen Kräfte und ihr Gebrauch (3)
Ramakrishna sprach zu Vivekananda: Du bist in Geldnot. Gehe zur Göttin Kali und bitte sie um Hilfe. Vivekananda ging in den Tempel der Göttin und meditierte dort einige Tage lang. Danach fragte ihn Ramakrishna: Hast du die Göttin um Hilfe in deinen Geldangelegenheiten gebeten? Doch das hatte Vivekananda nicht. Er sah seine Geldnöte als ein zu geringes Problem an, um vor der Göttin davon zu sprechen.
Spirituell orientierte Menschen sind nicht deshalb spirituell orientiert, weil sie sich davon Wunder erhoffen. Nur wer keine Selbstbeschränkung praktiziert und falsche Vorstellungen von Spiritualität hat, ist an Wundern interessiert. Wunder gefallen den Massen und beeindrucken sie. Manche interessiert an der spirituellen Praxis nur, was sie gewinnen und andere verlieren können. Ehrfürchtig werden sie wegen ihrer Fähigkeiten bewundert und um Rat gebeten. Doch sie führen kein glückliches Leben und geben nur mit ihrer Kunst an.........
for your visits & attentionFor 2008we wish yousmooth lift-offs from boundaries of any kindCarla & Christian Geerdes
(Karuna & Aparigraha Jain)