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This blog is for scholarly articles and essays on Jainology; i.e. Jainism, Jain History, Jain Philosophy, Prakrit and Sanskrit Languages, Jain Sociology, Archaeology and related subjects. Renowned scholars are writing in this blog, you too can submit your article/essay for publishing here.

The Early Centuries of Jainism

Jainism is one of the oldest religions in the world, so old that we cannot with certainty date its beginnings. Jain tradition tells that Mahavira twenty-forth and last of the Tirthankara or Prophets of the current cycle of the time. Some of the stories about them are truly amazing and non- Jains are rarely convinced. They are credited with enormous...
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Jainism Enters The Modern Age

As has been mentioned, Jains declined in numbers after the medieval period. In some ways this strengthened Jainism for it produced tight-knit communities of Jains with common interests and a devotion to the faith reinforced by their closeness within the group. In the early nineteenth century we must speak of communities, rather than of a single Jai...
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Doctrines of Jainism Part 2

The Science of Religion (ii) The Jain scriptures and the writings of Jain scholars over many centuries right up to the present day have examined the puzzling question of the nature of the universe. Modern science has taught us a lot about the solar system and the great systems of stars beyond. At the other extreme, scientists have investigated the ...
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Doctrines of Jainism Part 1

The Science of Religion (i) Let us start with karma. (Do not be put off by the fact that some of these terms are not familiar in plain everyday English: every science has its own technical words, and the science of religion is no exception.) Karma just means actions, or deeds. When we talk about the 'law of karma' all we mean is that a person's phy...
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Jainism: What Is The Difference?

Priya: Ma, Jainism teaches us nonviolence and vegetarianism. It teaches us to speak the truth. It tells us that anger, pride, deception and greed are violence of self. Such behavior also leads to violence of others. Is there any religion that does not agree with these ideas? Ma: Priya, you are right. Teachings of all religions are similar to the Ja...
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