"This volume evaluates the major dimensons of Jainism and highlights the relevance
of Jain princples in life in the 21st century. It discusses the role of `samyak-darshan'
(enlightened world-view) in life, `anekant' (multifacetedness of reality) in thought,
`ahimsa' (non-violence) in conduct and voluntary limitation of wants and possessions
(aparigraha) in society.
The book evaluates the significance of the jaina concepts of `jiva' and `paryaya'
(modifications) of substance, which is characterized by both permanence and change. It
goes on to highlight the significant contributions of Acharya Kundakunda and describes the
views of Shvetambara scholars, particularly Dalsukh Malvania, M. A. Dhaky and the
Terapanthi sect on Kundakunda. It also describes the similarities and differences between
Acharya Kundakunda and Vedantin Shankracharya and shows how the latter was indebted to the
The study examines the various criteria of good or morality, particularly the Western
concept of utilitarianism and the relationship between morality and spirituality. The work
compares Jain ethical values with the principles of Islam and deals with the art and
science of forgiveness. The work also describes the concept of ultimate reality in Jainism
and the objectivity and subjectivity in science and spirituality.
This book will be useful to scholars and students of Indian philosophy and religion,
Glossary of Jaina Technical Terms
1. Jainism in the 21st Century
2. Relevance of Jain Principles in Modern Context
3. Jaina Concept of Jiva and Modern Science
4. The Concept of `Paryaya' in Jainism
5. Malvania's Assessment of Contributions of Kundakunda
6. Shvetambara Scholars on Kundakunda : An Appraisal
7. Kundakunda and Shankaracharya
8. Pandit Todarmal on Kanjipanthi as `Nishchayabhasi Mithyadarshti'
9. Criteria of Good or Morality
10. Jain Ethical Values and Islam
11. Objectivity and Subjectivity in Science and Spirituality
12. Ultimate Reality in Jainism