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Jain Yoga and Dhyāna – From Contemplative Introspection to Blissful Meditation

Jain Yoga and Dhyāna – From Contemplative Introspection to Blissful Meditation 01/07/2024

By Parveen Jain
Yoga is an essential spiritual practice in all dharmic traditions. Although the faith-based yoga practices like Jain Yoga, Vedic Yoga and Buddhist Yoga may seem to vary in their specific implementations, the underlying principles are fairly standard.
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The History and Meaning of the Namokar Mantra: A Brief Summary of the Research of Gustav Roth

The History and Meaning of the Namokar Mantra: A Brief Summary of the Research of Gustav Roth 06/14/2023

By Professor Christopher Miller, PhD
Two questions I often receive from students are: Where does the Namokar Mantra come from? What does it mean?
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LORD MAHĀVĪRA’S INCREDIBLE JOURNEY TO KEVALA-JÑĀNA

LORD MAHĀVĪRA’S INCREDIBLE JOURNEY TO KEVALA-JÑĀNA 05/25/2023

By Parveen Jain
Lord Mahāvīra attained kevala-jñāna – the ultimate, unabridged, all-encompassing, uninhibited, and absolute wisdom, and had the revelation of tattva – the fundamental truth, in the thirteenth year of his ascetic life of extreme penance near the village of Jrambhika.
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Ahiṃsā and The Social Reforms Inspired by Lord Mahāvīra

Ahiṃsā and The Social Reforms Inspired by Lord Mahāvīra 05/24/2023

By Parveen Jain
The name of Lord Mahāvīra [1], the last jina [2] of this era, immediately invokes the thought of ahiṃsā (nonviolence) – perhaps the most valuable gift ever granted to humanity. There is no one in the history of mankind who promoted the value of nonviolence more robustly than him, and no one is more effective, thoughtful and kindhearted champion of comprehensive nonviolence.
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Understanding the Menace of Social Intolerance

Understanding the Menace of Social Intolerance 05/23/2023

By Parveen Jain
If all of us share universal values such as love, friendship, compassion, mutual respect, and other meritorious qualities, why is social intolerance on the rise, especially when we are all experiencing the havoc unleashed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic?
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Navpada Āyambila Oli The Penance for Self-Cultivation

Navpada Āyambila Oli The Penance for Self-Cultivation 05/22/2023

By Parveen Jain
The followers of the Jain tradition observe Navpada Āyambila Oli, also called Navpada Oli in short, two times every year. Each observation lasts for nine days. The dates are based on the Jain lunisolar calendar, called Vīra Nirvāṇa Saṁvat calendar.
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The Relevance of The Paryuṣaṇa Parva

The Relevance of The Paryuṣaṇa Parva 05/21/2023

By Parveen Jain
The Paryuṣaṇa Parva (festival) is the most auspicious festival for Jains. The festival has immense benefits for personal development, and thus, immeasurable value for the betterment of society. That is why it is called the king of all Jain festivals
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