The Scientific Foundations of Jainism

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Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1990 - Religion - 121 pages
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Page 93 - But science can only be created by those who are thoroughly imbued with the aspiration towards truth and understanding. This source of feeling, however, springs from the sphere of religion. To this there also belongs the faith in the possibility that the regulations valid for the world of existence are rational, that is, comprehensible to reason. I cannot conceive of a genuine scientist without that profound faith. The situation may be expressed by an image: Science without religion is lame, religion...
Page vi - ... a person who is religiously enlightened appears to me to be one who has, to the best of his ability, liberated himself from the fetters of his selfish desires and is preoccupied with thoughts, feelings, and aspirations to which he clings because of their super-personal value.
Page ii - General Editor PROF. DAYANAND BHARGAVA Editorial Board PANDIT DALSUKH BHAI MALVANIA PROF. ERNEST BENDER PROF. KIYAOKI OKUDA SHRI KC LALWANI DR. NATHMAL TATIA PROF. KLAUS BRUHN DR. PADMANABH S. JAINI SHRI NP JAIN PROF. TG KALGHATGI SHRI SHANTI LAL JAIN PROF. COLETTE CAILLAT Vahuvali Gommatesvara DRAVYA-SAMGRAHA » OF NEMICHANDRA SIDDHANTA-CHAKRAVARTTi [ English Translation with Prakrit Gathas (Text) and Sanskrit Chhayas (renderings) and Padapatha ] Si o/o/ A on T^L. Co, /Cr...
Page 16 - Know that the world is uncreated, as time itself is, without beginning and end. And...
Page 85 - the doctrine that the world is made up of objects whose existence is independent of human consciousness turns out to be in conflict with quantum mechanics and with facts established by experiment.
Page 30 - •'The existence oi dynamic medium as a secondary space is proved to the Jain's satisfaction from the fact of motion; this must be caused by something; it cannot be due to time or the atoms, since they have no spatial extension, and that which is spaceless cannot give rise to movement in space; it cannot be due to the soul, since souls do not fill the whole universe, but motion is possible everywhere; it cannot be due to space, for space extends even beyond the universe, and if space was the basis...
Page 30 - ... they have no spatial extension, and that which is spaceless cannot give rise to movement in space; it cannot be due to the soul, since souls do not fill the whole universe, but motion is possible everywhere; it cannot be due to space, for space extends even beyond the universe, and if space was the basis of motion the bounds of the universe would fluctuate, which they do not; therefore motion must be caused by some other substance which does not extend beyond the universe, but pervades the whole...
Page 52 - Such creatures (nigodas) are said to («especially prevalent in substances where fermentation or sweetness is present; hence the consumption of liquor or honey brings untold millions of these organisms to an untimely and violent end. The tissues of certain plants, especially those of a sweet, fleshy, or seed-filled nature, are also thought to serve as hosts for nigoda: plants of this type are termed sädhärana, 'those which share their bodies.
Page 24 - At the very bottom of this scale hence comprising the lowest form of life, are the so-called nigoda. These creatures are sub-microscopic and possess only one sense, that of touch. They are so tiny and undifferentiated that they lack even individual bodies...
Page 36 - ¿arira are also said to generate two subtle bodies underlying the manifest physical one. These are the taijasa-sarira. heat body, which maintains the vital temperature of the organism, and the kärmana-Sarira, the karmic body, constituting the sum total of karmic material present in the soul at a given time.

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