An introduction to Jainism

An introduction to Jainism by Varun Soni , dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California on the Oprah Winfrey Network


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Prakrit

Our article, published in The Speaking Tree (of Times of India)! In contemporary popular culture, Sanskrit is sometimes understood to be the mother of all languages and a major…


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Chaturmukha Basadi

...the Portuguese conferred her with the title “Rainha de Pimenta” – The Pepper Queen. The queen also patronised Jainism and supported building temples of Jain Tirthankaras, and…


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Palitana

In 1656 CE, Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's son Murad Baksh (the then Governor of Gujarat) granted Palitana villages to the prominent Jain merchant Shantidas Jhaveri, a Svetambara…


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Fundamental rights of Birds

All jivas are formally different but essentially similar. Birds have the fundamental right to "live with dignity" and fly in the sky without being kept in cages or subjected to…


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Aamir Khan on Jainism

"I have realized that Jainism is having a deep impact on me. It has some amazing thoughts — forgiveness, non-violence, only use what you really need and anekantvad. It means if…


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The Jain perspective

An amazing article on The Atlantic, with a large inclusion of the Jain perspective: Jains make up less than 1 percent of India’s population. ... There is evidence that the Jains…


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Section 377

Today is a historic day for India. A diversity of sexual expression is no longer considered criminal, as it formerly was due to an archaic law inherited from the British Empire.…


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Samanars of Tamil Nadu

Inscriptions in Tamil Brahmi at Perumalmalai and a Jain idol carving near Samanarmalai, Tamil Nadu. These writings, idols and the caves are attributed to the Jain monks who lived…


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Featured by LSE!

We got published in the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) South Asia blog! The article below is an account of the Mahamasthakabhisheka of the Gomateshvara…


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