20 December 2009

A holistic view of life essential for survival :- HH. ACHARYA MAHAPRAGYA JI

The comprehensive way to meditation and penance is experience, not intellectualisation. Intellectuals might argue against this, for the nature of the intellect is to argue. Those who practice meditation and restraint do not use only logic and intellect as the touchstone. Their path is paved with experience. The one who has tasted the sweetness of experience will know there can be no other viable route.

This is an optimistic perspective. It is possible that one who prefers going the intellect way might find this perspective pessimistic. Logic has its own path, which can become complicated but the path of experience is less complicated.

A head clerk told the other clerks, “During office hours you go for a shave and that takes a long time. Do not shave during office hours.” One clerk replied, “When hair can grow during office hours, why can’t they be cut also at that time. If you find a way of stopping hair growth during office hours, we will also not cut it during office hours.” This is the language of logic.

Those who live within the limits of the intellect and logic speak this language. There are three limits. One is that set by the consciousness of the senses. The other is set by the consciousness of the mind. The third is set by the consciousness of the intellect.

We have experienced the limits of all these three. Till experience does not enter the limits of the conscious, everything seems as above. One who has not experienced meditation cannot enter the field of experience.

Those who have sat down for meditation for the first time say this after 10 days – which they could never have imagined such an experience was possible. When there was no question of imagination, how could they have imagined?

How can a man sitting on the shores of an ocean estimate its depth? Only the one who has dived into the ocean can describe its depths. Many spend their lives knowing just their outer self. They never get an opportunity to go within. Are they able to see all that is within? They do not know what lies within. Many of those who see the body get scared on seeing its vibrations. Where have they come from? Are they something new? They are not new.

They were all within. They are constantly working. The energy of the body is also working. But as we concentrate we get to know of them and get scared. We are faced with a new world. The vibrations were on even earlier but we were not aware of them. As soon as the mind gets more stabilised, the inner self emerges clearer.

We need to engage more with the inner world. We should be less obsessed with what others do and pay more attention to our selves. Only then will there be opportunities for major changes in our consciousness that will enhance our personality. If the transformation were to continue, then there is the further possibility that we could reach the final point.

Our perspective should become more and gentler and the perspective of anekanta should always be with us. We need to work towards promoting a balanced and mutually connected individual, local and global perspective with equanimity, taking into account every possible view. That is, giving equal consideration to all things, howsoever small or big.


Put together by Lalit Garg.

The Jaina Doctrine of Karma and The Science of Genetics :- Dr Sohan Raj Tater

Contents

The Science of Karma | What is karma? | Theory of karma in Indian philosophies | Metaphysical base of theory of karma --
Life in the Science of Karma | Characteristic of living substance | Birth of life in Jainism | Jaina view of paryap¯ tiand pran¯ ?a -- Classification of Karma | Main Types (mul¯aprakr?ti) of karma in Jainism | Auspicious and Inauspicious Karma | Darvya and BhaV¯ a Karma | Sub Groups (Uttaraprakr?ti) of eight main karmas-- Bondage of Karma | Causes of Bondage | Components of bondage process | Pun?ya and pap¯ a | Relation with bondage and les´ya --
Fruition of Karma | Process of energy during rise of karma | Pun?ya and pap¯ a | 42 Types fruits of auspicious karma 80 Types fruits of inauspicious karma -- Eradication of Karma |
Sanvara | Nirjara ¯| Caritra | MahaV¯ ratas | Anuvratas | Triple Jewels—the pathway to emancipation -- Science of Genetics | An introduction to the science of Genetics | Characteristics of genes | Characteristic of Genome -- Life in the Science of Genetics | Characteristics of living being | Organization of the cell | Characteristics of chromosomes - - Genetic Codes in DNA and RNA | DNA | RNA | RNA—The Process of Transcription | Genetic Codes | Classification of Genes -- Gene Mutation | Factors causing mutations | Genes and diseases | Role of faulty genes in
chromosomes -- Genetic Engineering | Genetic Engineering and its application | Impact of Genetic Engineering | Preventive and social measures --
Comparative Study of Karma and the Science of the Genetics | Corelation between karma and genes | Effect of karma over genes | Spirituality (combination of spirit and karma s´arir¯a) and genes | Life and genes | Classification of karma and genes | Function of genes on all 24 chromosomes | Role of genes in behavioural responses/personality | Karma and Genes | arma and genetic engineering.


06 December 2009

Nominated as “Vice President” of Akhil Bhartiya Darshan Parishad

JAI JINENDRA,


Prof. (Dr.) Sohan Raj Tater Former Vice Chancellor, Singhani Universityis Nominated as “Vice President” of Akhil Bhartiya Darshan ParishadIt is a matter of pleasure to convey. Prof. Tater Ji received following prestigious Awards:


(1) “Indira Gandhi Rastriya Akta Award” on 19 November 2009 at New Delhi .

(2) “Jain Gyan Vigyan Manishi” given by Jain Digamber Samaj on 23 November at Udaipur (Raj.).

(3)“Gem of Yoga” given by University of Lucknow on 29 November at Lucknow(U.P.).