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HereNow4U Newsletter 08-07 (09.02. - 15.02.2008)

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      Editorial 2008-07
         Week 2008-06:
            + Vegan Lifestyle - Ahimsa in the West
            + The Jaina Doctrine Of Karma And The Science Of Genetics - Doctoral Thesis by Dr. Sohan Raj Tater
         Week 2008-07:
           + Why Meditate? by Acharya Mahaprajna - Book #29 going online
           + new ‘Notion Picture’ - ie a film that gets you thinking....
           + HN4U Office closed: 15.-17.02.2008

      Maryada Mahotsav 2008
      Maryada Mahotsav 2008 - Seva Kendra Announcements
      List of Saints for Seva Kendra Service 2008
      Maryada Mahotsav 2008 - Chaturmas Listing
      List of Saints for Chaturmas 2008

      JAINA Convention 2007
      Peace Through Dialog 2007 - Anop R. Vora : Arrogance
      Anop R. Vora
      Arrogance is a serious destructive human emotion like anger, deception, jealousy, and greed. It is also a means of communications and dialogue through body language. Encarta dictionary defines it as contemptuous pride- a strong feeling of self-importance that is expressed by treating others with contempt or disregard. Other equivalent words for arrogance are: conceit, egotism, superiority, false pride, overconfidence, superciliousness, self- importance, and condescension. Many world religions such as Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Taoism have described arrogance as a sin and condemned it in no uncertain terms....
      Peace Through Dialog 2007 - Mandakini Pokharna : Power Of Gratitude
      Mandakini Pokharna
      The important piece about gratitude is that when I give verbal or written gratitude to someone providing the other with specific information of what actions of theirs made a difference in our life, it becomes a feedback and may serve as a fuel for contributing to life moment by moment. This feedback gives us specifics for making life wonderful at all given times...
      Peace Through Dialog 2007 - Dr. Kumarpal Desai : A New World Order
      Dr. Kumarpal Desai
      Today man has created massive means of destruction, which would one day devour the entire human race. The star wars are staring at the world with greed. In the days to come, tanks, rockets and bombs would cease to have any power. Wars would then be fought with poison gas. The nature of weapons has changed, but the craze of man to kill is increasing and multiplying every day. That is why many today want to take shelter in the teachings of Tirthankar Mahavir...
      Peace Through Dialog 2007 - Vinod Daryapurkar : Making Jain Dharma Visible In The Digital Age
      Vinod Daryapurkar
      The 21 st Century is an opportune time in history for the ancient message of Jainism or 'Jina,' a teaching more relevant and more urgently needed than ever before. The Digital Age makes it possible to share our passion about 'Jina Vani' (the essence of Jainism), one of the oldest living religion, with a large number of human beings around the world. Thanks to new technologies in media and the Internet, the principles of Jainism, such as non-violence, tolerance, environmental concern, built-in respect, tenderness, and equality for all living beings, can now be widely explained while securing Jainism a valuable global identity and name recognition....
      Peace Through Dialog 2007 - Dr. Kokila P. Doshi : Global Peace Through Commerce Role Of Jain Values
      Dr. Kokila P. Doshi
      Traditionally, business has created a "world of goods" with a focus on profits. A new trend is emerging today where business is creating a "world of good" and becoming a partner in peace.
      Today 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty, despair, and deprivation. Another 3 billion people struggle for mere survival and livelihood. Globalization and technological advances bypassed masses of poor around the world. Until recently, businesses in general focused only on the remaining one-third of the world population. There are other global challenges as well. Our world is divided by religious extremism and inequalities based on race, gender, and wealth. We are losing our sense of community and finding more reasons for further subdivisions of humanity. Our environment is also eroded by our endless desires and lack of individual and collective responsibility....
      Peace Through Dialog 2007 - Nirmal Dosi : Bringing Jain Together
      Nirmal Dosi
      Jain Scholars committee has been in dialogue with Jain centers in North America for developing programs to strengthen Unity. Centers in turn are keeping open dialogues with all members to bring together all sects. Working towards Jain Unity is much easier in North America than any other place. The rituals are different but the objective is the same - uplifting spiritually. Young Jains of America and Young Jain Professionals are interested in learning and adopting unified Jain teachings and conducts. Almost all of our centers are conducting programs with similar aim in mind. We have to stress that underneath the waves, deep down in the ocean, our knowledge and Scriptures are the same...
      Peace Through Dialog 2007 - Samani Akshaya Pragya : New Dimension For Economic Development
      Samani Akshaya Pragya
      Economic development, growth and prosperity are the prime concerns of the present society. But the question arises, how it is possible to be ethical in business and what should be its process and its mechanism.
      While pondering over an economic development, the following points should be invariably considered....

      Press Review
      Vision Succeeds, Sight Fails
      Acharya Mahaprajna
      At dawn, it seems as if only a few hours earlier the sky looked like a canopy bedecked with a million shining stars. But now all of them have disappeared and the sun alone is shining bright. But is this the truth? In reality, the other planets and stars have not lost their existence; they have merely been overwhelmed by a more intense light....
      Watch Tower: Co-Existence & Coordination
      Acharya Mahaprajna
      There is no problem which cannot be resolved. With the development of the spirit of harmony, with the awakening of the consciousness of relativity, nothing is impossible.
      In recent times, the idea of co-existence has been mooted from the political front. Co-existence has been debated in an international forum like the U.N.O. But if we want to know who propounded first of all the doctrine of co-existence, the name of Lord Mahavira comes to the mind foremost. An extensive exposition of co-existence is to be found only in syadvada (the Jain doctrine of relativity), and anekantvada (the Jain doctrine of non-absolutism).
      The most desirable path is - to forbear, to synthesize and to develop the spirit of co-existence....
      Religion And Faith
      Acharya Mahaprajna
      Once a man walked up to the sea shore carrying a pitcher in his hand. Is the sea water accessible to the pitcher ? It will not be right to say that it is not accessible. But it will be not completely true to say that it is accessible. It is accessible as well as inaccessible. From the point of view of totality it is not accessible; from a partial or limited point of view it is accessible. A pitcher can also diminish the quantity of the sea water in proportion to its capacity. It is difficult to say that religion is accessible to the intellect. But it is also not easy to say that it is not accessible to the intellect...
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      Yuvadrishti Magazine, Edition 11/2007, Pages 58-60
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        2 more book in progress at the moment

      new chapters this week:

      Thought at Sunrise - by  Acharya Mahaprajna
      To keep in mind for the current day

      Atoms In Jain Philosophy & Modern Science
      - by  J. S. Zaveri & Muni Mahendra Kumar
      Microcosmology [3.0.1] A Critique - General Introcuction
      Science in the West was born around the 12th Century A.D. on the basis of inspiration it received from the Greek philosophers who had lived about 2500 years ago and who had given place to 'reasoning'. But the immediate impetus was provided by the quest of ‘truth’, which was enshrouded in and discouraged by teachings of the dominant church. The Copernican theory shook the most basic theological and philosophical canons of the day. It proved the intellectual spark for the tremendous acceleration of knowledge. Under the prodding of Galileo, Kepler, Newton and others, questions of nature were thrust directly into the combative public arena of empirical inquiry. Experiments became crucial and theories had to be supported by close observations. Thus, the scientific method stressing reasons and logic was born. So science started in the West by breaking away from the church teachings and since, in the ensuing battle, science proved the stronger of the two, it dominates the Western life today more than the Church...
      Microcosmology [3.0.2] A Critique - Problem Of Language
      The knowledge about matter, particularly at the subatomic level is not derived from sensory experience and therefore, ordinary language is not adequate to describe the observed phenomena. Like the meditator, the physicist deals with a non-sensory experience of Reality, and thus, modern physics becomes akin to philosophy. But the question of nature of language is a fundamental problem that underlies all discussions of knowledge, be it scientific or philosophical. Language is a useful tool for conveying information, but if one tries to communicate one's experiences through it, it simply does not work. All a language can do is to talk about an experience, but even the best description of an experience is not the experience, but a talk about it...
      Microcosmology [3.1.1] A Critique - Metaphysical View: Non-Absolutism - Law Of Anekanta - Introductory
      In the following discussion, we shall see that the Jain Theory of Non-absolutism (anekantavada) offers the best explanation of wave-particle paradox. Unfortunately, however, the eminent physicist could not contact the Jain scholars who could have shown to them the excellent merits of anekantavada. In the last fifteen years, a number of books on modern physics have revealed the most striking parallels between some schools of Eastern mysticism and scientific concepts of space and time, cause and effect, etc. In such books, we find the mention of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, etc., but hardly anything about Jain philosophy. Through the brief discussion in the following pages, we hope to convince the scientists in general, and the physicists in particular, that the study of Jain Philosophy deserves much more attention than it has received so far....
      Microcosmology [3.1.2] A Critique - Metaphysical View: Non-Absolutism - Law Of Anekanta - A) What Is Anekantavada?
      The law of anekanta affirms that there is no opposition between the unity of being and plurality of aspects. The identity of a real is not contradicted by the possession of varying attributes. No one can deny that light, for instance, produces multiple effects, viz., the expulsion of darkness, the illumination of the field of perception, radiation of heat and energy and so on. If a plurality of the energies can be possessed by a self-identical entity without offence to logic, why should the spectre of logical incompatibility be raised in the case of a permanent cause possessing diverse powers (i.e. producing diverse effects)? The law of anekanta affirms the possibility of diverse and even contradictory attributes in a unitary entity, i.e., a thing is neither an absolute unity nor a split-up into a irreconcilable plurality. A thing is one and many at the same time - a unity and a plurality rolled into one...
      Microcosmology [3.1.3] A Critique - Metaphysical View: Non-Absolutism - Law Of Anekanta - B) Experience Vs. Pure (A Priori) Logic
      The Jains who are noted for their firmness and sobriety of outlook, maintain that if the nature of reality is allowed to be determined by a priori logic, in defiance of experience, the results would be fatal. Certainly logic is not competent to tell us whether anything exists at all. It is only perception, which can assure us that anything exists....
      Microcosmology [3.1.4] A Critique - Metaphysical View: Non-Absolutism - Law Of Anekanta - C) Mutation (Parinama)
      Non-absolutism being the foundation of Jain Philosophy, mutation (change) is as much real as permanence. A substance is a substratum of infinite qualities. Nothing can exist without 'being in some determinate way' and the qualities of a substance mean its existence in a 'determinate mode of being'. Thus, assert Jains, the qualities (gunas) and modes (paryayas) cannot be absolutely different from the substance nor can they be absolutely identical with it....
      Microcosmology [3.1.5] A Critique - Metaphysical View: Non-Absolutism - Law Of Anekanta - D) Triple Characteristics Of Real
      Viewed from the Jaina standpoint, a real is a continuum through the infinite variation of its modes at every moment of its being. The continuum is a reality as much as the variation. Thus, there is unity as well as multiplicity in perfect harmony. The real viewed as identical with the changing modes is thus coming into being every moment and perishing every moment. That it comes to evolve a new mode implies that the previous mode has ceased to exist. So a real qua its modes is becoming into something new by ceasing to be its old self. The birth of the new is thus the logical concomitant of the death of the old. The affirmation of the three apparently incompatible elements as making up the constitution of a real is thus the result of a logical analysis of a real as it is. Either pure (absolute) negation or pure (absolute) affirmation are the only alternatives left for acceptance. The former is the position of the Buddhist Sunyavadin and the latter is that of Vedanta. Is the paradox greater in the Jain view than in the two other systems? Is the Sunyavadin who dismisses the whole world of experience as an unfounded illusion, less paradoxical? Is the Vedantic view, which endorses the Sunyavadin's repudiation of the whole world of pluralities, calculated to satisfy the abhorrence of paradox in a more satisfying manner? The paradox is only apparent as it alone provides a satisfactory experience and thought. The criterion should be whether or not it succeeds to explain the world, as we know it....

      New Book:
      Why Meditate ? - by  Acharya Mahaprajna
      Why Meditate? [00.01] Note - Forword - Contents
      Preksha Dhyan is a practice that can lend momentum to the progress towards spirituality. This has been proven with practice. In other words there is no need for any verification. The need is only to understand it in a holistic manner. Why should one meditate? I have written elaborately on this in my book called Sambodhi. A few verses from it would be in place here....
      This book is a compilation of ten lectures delivered at an International Preksha Dhyan camp. They are enough to get to the heart of Preksha Dhyan, and this is no exaggeration....
      Why Meditate? [01.02] What & Why (1)
      There are two levels of Consciousness: Sensory perception and Extra sensory perception.
      We usually live more on the level of sensory perception. To understand sensory perception, a little analysis is necessary. Our five senses are -sense of Touch, Taste, Smell, Sight and Hearing. All our communication with the external world is through the medium of these five senses. Our external world is sensory in that it can be touched/felt, tasted, smelt, heard and seen in all its colour and form. We have five senses and the external world can be characterized in these five ways...
      Why Meditate? [01.01] What & Why (2)
      The best principle for the solution of internal problems is to thoroughly employ the senses. If we wish to find an alternative definition of Preksha Dhyan, we can say it is: 'The art of seeing', 'The art of listening', 'The art of tasting', 'The art of smelling' and 'The art of feeling'. Preksha Dhyan is an art. Balanced management of the senses will result in Art. Sketching lines in proper style result in an artistic picture. What were mere lines turned into a picture. The lines individually did not seem attractive but the resultant picture possesses artful beauty. We, too, can transform our inner world into a very beautiful world....
      Why Meditate? [01.03] What & Why (3)
      Today, neurology has developed greatly. Many scientists today are also working on consciousness. According to neurology, there are three levels of consciousness:
         1. Conscious mind
         2. Unconscious mind
         3. Super (higher) conscious mind
      To think is the function of the conscious mind. On this level of mind, we think and imagine. It is the job of the waking state of consciousness, the waking mind. Those who live on this level consider thinking to be the highest activity. But thinking is not the highest function. Many ugly thoughts also arise from thinking. While thinking has its place, there is no extra value to thinking.
      Why Meditate? [02.01] Emotional Health & Preksha Meditation (1)
      Mind, speech and body are the executors of emotions. Emotions are primary, with the active elements being mind, speech and body. Mind is an active object of the outer world. Hence, it should be given importance but only after considering the emotional world. Our entire effort is not just for solving the problems of mind, but primarily for solving our emotional problems. Emotional well being will result in mental as well as physical well being. Contrarily, any disturbance in the emotional system will result in both mental as well as physical illness. This is a totally a new perspective of Preksha meditation, different from the conventional systems of meditation, which lay greater emphasis on the faculty of the mind. Preksha meditation is specifically developed on the basis of emotional well-being. The objective of Preksha meditation is to refine the emotional world....
      Why Meditate? [02.02] Emotional Health & Preksha Meditation (2)
      The development of pure emotions is the first step towards our destination. We cannot carry out this task on the levels of mind, body and speech. This transformation has to take place from within. We have to dive deep within, enter the world of emotions and refine them. Once this purification occurs, the stream of emotions will automatically change. The flow of impure feelings like violence, envy and thieving get transformed into non-violence, forgiveness, mercy and compassion. Until a practitioner of meditation, spirituality and religion strikes at the root cause, his meditation, practice and worship will not be right. It is very important to know exactly where to strike...
      Why Meditate? [02.03] Emotional Health & Preksha Meditation (3)
      The cause of illness does not lie only in the body but also in an unhealthy mind. Many diseases descend from the mind. They are not only physical ailments, but are psychosomatic. The cause of psychosomatic ailments is found in the internal world - the world of the psyche. Freud has used the word 'mind'. Jung did very subtle studies in the field of psychology. He explained that our consciousness has two levels: mind and psyche (consciousness). Psyche is beyond mind. Numerous ailments emerge from the psyche, the world of emotions. Both the terms 'healthy' and 'unhealthy' are related to the emotional world...

      HereNow4U : DEUTSCH [German]

      Gewaltlos leben
      Tierisch gut leben – ohne Fleisch
      Dr. Bettina Pabel
      „Fleisch ist ein Stück Lebenskraft, solange es lebt.“(Marie-Luise Holzer-Sprenger, Autorin)
      a2+b2 = c2 Mit diesem Satz wurde Pythagoras berühmt. Doch seine logische Denkweise brachte ihm noch eine weitere Erkenntnis ein: „Alles, was der Mensch den Tieren antut, kommt auf den Menschen wieder zurück.“ Die Achtung vor dem Leben ist nur einer der vielen Gründe für eine vegetarische Lebensweise. Studien über die Vor- und Nachteile führten zu dem einhelligen Ergebnis, dass Vegetarier gesünder leben.

      Das vegetarisch-vegane Manifest
      Helmut F. Kaplan
      In der Menschheitsgeschichte gibt es eine Entwicklung hin zu Zivilisation, Kultur und Moral: Ächtung von Selbstjustiz, Folter und Vergewaltigung, die Bestrebung, den Krieg als Konfliktlösungsmittel abzuschaffen usw.
      Ein wichtiger Motor dieser kulturellen Evolution ist der technische Fortschritt. So hat uns etwa erst die Vervielfachung der Zerstörungskraft unserer Waffen vollends verdeutlicht, daß Krieg etwas zu Überwindendes ist. "Im Grunde" war Kriegführen wahrscheinlich schon immer irgendwie "falsch" und "unreif", aber erst die technische Vervollkommnung unserer Waffen hat uns dies so richtig bewußt gemacht...

      B ü c h e r    O n l i n e

      • Geheimnisse des Geistes - Acharya Mahaprajna
      Geheimnisse des Geistes [24.2] Mentale Gesundheit (2)
      Die vorangegangenen Erörterungen gelten nicht nur für die mentale Gesundheit, sondern auch für die Fähigkeit, alle Ereignisse im eigenen Leben als gleichwertig zu akzeptieren. Diese Haltung kann nur entfalten, wer Toleranz aufbringen kann. Toleranz beruhigt den Geist und lässt uns dem Auf und Ab des Lebens mit Heiterkeit begegnen...
      Geheimnisse des Geistes [25.1] Preksha Meditation - Training für den Geist (1)
      Mit Preksha Meditation ist ein neues Kapitel philosophischen Denkens aufgeschlagen worden.
      Die Defizite der Philosophie wurden mir als Philosophiestudent bewusst. Ursprünglich basierte das philosophische Denken auf der direkten Wahrnehmung der subjektiven Realität. Gegenwärtig besteht es aus einer Aneinanderreihung von logischen Argumenten, die nichts mit der direkten Wahrnehmung der subjektiven Realität zu tun haben, sondern aus objektivierten Vorstellungen entstanden sind. Nicht die direkte, sondern die indirekte Erfahrung wird anerkannt....

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