Wide Implications of the Jain Doctrine of Anekānta

May, 2024 by Samani Dr. Shashi Prajñā

It is this human mind, which is responsible for anekāntic thought. It is the power of the mind to think both creatively and destructively. John Milton rightly said, ‘It is man’s mind, which can make hell of heaven and heaven of hell.’ The U.N. Charter rightly commented that 'War is first of all fought in the minds of men before it is actually fought on the battlefield.”

An experiment with Anekāntavāda

May, 2024 by Prof. Anekant Kumar Jain

The 24th Tirthankara of Jainism, Bhagwan Mahavira was a divine personality who left a lasting impact in the form of his teachings for the spiritual advancement of the individual, protection and preservation of all forms of life, peaceful and secular social order. His teachings are as relevant and useful today as they were 2600 years ago. He put forward the doctrine of Anekāntavāda, where he always advised his disciples to discover the truth after taking into account all aspects and giving them due weight. This broadens one's outlook and trains the mind to accommodate the feelings and the way of life of other faiths and communities.

Factors Affecting the Application of Anekānta Principles in Business Practices in India

May, 2024 by Dr. Sanjay Sanghvi

In the last two decades, there has been an enormous churn brought about by faster economic growth, globalization, and technology. What are the parameters encouraging entrepreneurs to reflect on their business footprint, evaluating both successes and areas for improvement? How can business play a direct role in transforming Indian society, are Jain businesses socially responsible and accountable?

The Application of AnekĀntavĀda in Modern Thought

May, 2024 by Dr. Reshma Devendra

Introduction: A̅gamas are the source of all philosophical thought in Jainism. Incidentally, the term Aneka̅nta finds no mention in the A̅gamas. It was coined during the post-agamic literary development and “probably Siddhasena Divakar was the first to use it.”[1] The word aneka̅nta-va̅da is a compound word made up of three terms, anek, anta, and va̅da. Anek means many, anta means aspects or attributes and va̅da means doctrine. It is a doctrine of multiplicity and a philosophy of pluralism. Prof. S. N. Dasgupta calls it “relative Pluralism” against the absolutism of the Vedic tradition.

Solution of various problems through applications of Anekāntavāda

May, 2024 by Ms. Palak Lavish Kothari

"In the garden of thoughts, where perspectives bloom, 'Anekāntavāda' whispers, dispelling gloom. Truth's kaleidoscope, in colors arrayed. In diversity's embrace, wisdom is laid. In the tapestry of life, where stories intertwine, Anekāntavāda wisdom, Oh, so divine. Each thread is a truth, each hue a view, In unity and diversity, our souls renew. In the dance of dialogues, let's sway. 'Anekāntavāda’s ' melody, every day. For in the symphony of voices, we find, The harmony of truths, in every mind. So, let's embrace diversity, with open hearts, Anekantvad's essence, a work of art. For the acceptance of multiple views, Lies the key to understanding and breaking news."

Sahstravdhan
Hard to Believe – Even After You Experience it!

May, 2024 by Dilip V. Shah ( Philadelphia )

On May 1st, 2024, a historic event unfolded in Mumbai at the NSCI stadium in the presence of 8,000 spectators, including 250 Sadhus and Sadhwis and tens of thousands more watching live worldwide on YouTube and other platforms. Pujya Ganivarya Dr. Ajitchandrasagaji Muniji performed Sahasravdhan (1000 Avdhans). This remarkable feat was attempted by Munishri in the presence of his Guru, Acharya Shri Pujya Nayachandrasagarji.  After what Acharya Shri Munisunderji (Author of ADHYATMA KALPADRUM and SANTIKARAM STOTRA) was able to demonstrate some 650 years ago.

Navapad Oli: Ayambil Oli

April, 2024 by Kishor B. Shah

Ayambil Oli is considered very auspicious, efficacious, and as one of the most important festivals in Jainism. The festival is also considered to be ‘shashwathi’ – meaning the festival is eternal, existing in all time cycles of past, present & future. Ayambil is one of the external or Bahya Tap falling within Rasparityag – giving up attachment for taste. Jains consider the austerity of Ayambil as a way to purify the body and mind, encourage spiritual growth and practice self-restraint. By observing Ayambil, one can experience various health benefits and live in harmony with the environment.

Is Prakrit Relevant Today?

April, 2024 by Sejal Zaveri

There are around 6000 languages that are prevalent in world today whereas In India alone there are around 450 languages as per Ethnolouge. Few of these languages are spoken by millions of people whereas few others are not so popular. It is believed that at the root of many of these Indian languages, including many foreign languages is either Sanskrit or Prakrit.

Round Earth “Theory” is Western Propaganda, According to This Indian Flat Earther

April, 2024 by Sushmita Sundaram

“In school, I too believed the Round Earth Theory like everyone else,” laughs 35-year-old Gaurav Jain over the phone from Delhi, India. “Because I had to pass exams!” A chartered accountant by trade, Jain comes off as your average working professional—he spends his spare time organising vegan potlucks and working with local NGOs to rehabilitate injured animals.

Prekshadhyan: A Scientific Approach

April, 2024 by Dr. Kavita Jain

The concept of preksha dhyan can be considered as one of the major breakthroughs of this century in the field of biomedical sciences. The world of today is full of tensions and people are facing various health issues, both physical and mental. The scope and application of preksha dhyan for treatment of a large number of diseases and disorders is undoubtedly great and already significant achievements have been in this direction.

Lifestyle Medicine: The initial approach to prevent, treat, and even reverse disease.

April, 2024 by Asha Gala

The relationship between nutrition and health is frequently misunderstood and ignored until either we ourselves experience health issues or we see a loved one experience health issues. We often believe that we are experts on food choices and that we are immune to lifestyle diseases. I, too, was completely ignorant regarding the importance of nutrition. That changed when my daughter started facing severe food and environmental allergies, eczema, and asthma soon after her birth.

Jain community in US launches ‘digital detox’ movement

April, 2024 by

Over the next few months, community activist Ajay Jain Bhutoria and his team plan to reach out to Congressmen and lawmakers at the State level, along with policy makers, non-profit bodies, academics and think tanks with its action plan to seek their support for the 'digital detox' movement.