This book is the first comprehensive study of Jainism to be published in the West. It is written by a practicing Jain, drawing on his rich experience of Jainism in all its aspects. It is to be published in two volumes. Volume 1 covers the antiquity of Jainism; its history, popular support and spread in India; Jain migration abroad; schisms within Jainist ranks; the teachings of Mahavira, detailing the path of purification, austerities and meditation; spiritual development within the Jain philosophy; Jain community, the Jain rituals and animal welfare, environmental concerns and vegetarianism. Volume 2 introduces Sacred Literature, Jain philosophy and the system of Jain logic within a theory of knowledge, including omniscience and the concept of soul; and Jainist theories of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Medical Science, Astronomy and Mathematics. It includes sections on Art and Architecture, temples and places of pilgrimage. Both volumes are written in a very accessible style: "Let me introduce you to Jainism by greeting you in a Jain way, Jai Jinendra. The greeting has a special meaning. It means honour to the person who has conquered himself. It also means honour to the conqueror of inner evils, who has shown the path of self-conquest and happiness to all living beings ... Life is dear to us all, to happy individuals but also to the unhappy. But questions arise in our mind. Who has given us such life? Who takes it away when we die? Why are there injustices in life? . . . Since the beginning of time humans have sought answers to these questions and have attempted to unravel the great mysteries of creation and the cosmos through religious and metaphysical speculation . .. In Indiamany different solutions have been put forward ... Among them is Jainism, one of the oldest religions in the world".
|Book Name||Jainism: The World Of Conquerors (Volume 2)|
|Publisher||Sussex Academic Press (Oct 1998)|