Ahimsa: The Right Path (Stories on Non-Violence)

Ahimsa: The Right Path (Stories on Non-Violence)

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Item Code: NAG606
Author: Dr. Tanu Jain
Publisher: Allied Publishers Pvt. Limited
Language: English
Edition: 2011
ISBN: 9788184246667
Pages: 160 (56 B/W Illustrations)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 210 gm

Preface

 

This book of stories has been born out of the need to familiarize people especially children and the youth with Jainism. Jainism has always been considered to be a very strict and austere religion. The discipline that it requires from its followers is harsh and the life that devout Jains live is simple and austere. This is one reason why Jainism has never become widely popular.

 

Why then, one may ask, have I chosen to write about Jainism. The answer is simple. I have tried to write about the teachings and concepts of Jainism because I feel these have become extremely relevant today. Our fear-ridden world where terrorism and bloodshed has become an everyday and accepted occurrence needs the calmness that nonviolence and adherence to ahimsa can bring. And we need to start with the parents of young children and teenagers, to inculcate these doctrines so that they bring about a change in their inner self and in the outside world.

 

In our modern fast-paced world, it is not easy to explain these religious concepts to the young especially the segment which lives in big cities and towns and attend public schools and English medium schools. Their main language is English and it is difficult to find suitable books or literature which can explain these concepts.

 

The teachings of Jainism are extremely simple and easy to follow but what is needed is an awareness about them. With a little effort the teachings can be incorporated and interwoven in the fabric of our daily life to make our life richer and fuller.

 

Through this book I have endeavoured to explain some basic concepts of Jainism along with commonly used Jain terms. As a parent I too often found it difficult to explain these basic concepts in everyday language to children. I searched through our Hindi shastras and read them in order to explain the basic concepts and the logic and reasoning behind them.

 

The book tries to answer questions such as:

 

“What are the basic principles of Jainism?”

 

“What is the correct method of praying in a temple and the logic behind it?”

 

“What are the common vows that Jains undertake and the reasons behind them?”

 

These concepts are illustrated through stories that leave a lasting impression upon children. The stories are old and have been compiled from various books and other sources. It is a book that will be enjoyed by children as well as grownups.

 

 

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