Ācārya Samantabhadra’s Aptamimamsa (Devāgamastotra): Deep Reflection On The Omniscient Lord

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Vikalp Printers, Jan 1, 2016 - Religion - 224 pages

Aptamimamsa by Ācārya Samantabhadra (2nd century CE) starts with a discussion, in a philosophical-cum-logical manner, on the Jaina concept of omniscience and the attributes of the Omniscient. The Ācārya questions the validity of the attributes that are traditionally associated with a praiseworthy deity and goes on to establish the logic of accepting the Omniscient as the most trustworthy and praiseworthy Supreme Being. Employing the doctrine of conditional predications (syādvāda) – the logical expression of reality in light of the foundational principle of non-absolutism (anekāntavāda) – he faults certain conceptions based on absolutism. He finally elucidates correct perspectives on issues including fate and human-effort, and bondage of meritorious (punya) or demeritorious (pāpa) karmas.á


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The book provides authentic explanation of Anekantavada and Syadvada. The book finally settles the debate as to which is more important - fate or human effort.

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The finest and well-researched book on Jaina nyaya and logic. The book explains beautifully the Jaina concepts of anekantavada and syadvada.

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Having had his schooling from Mhow and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, Vijay K. Jain (b. 1951) did his graduation in Electronics Engineering from Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, and Post-Graduation in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Mr. Jain had been associated, as a visiting faculty teaching marketing management and entrepreneurship, with several institutions including National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), and University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee). He is an Ex-President of Dehradun Management Association.

He has written/edited several books:

Marketing Management for Small Units (1988), Management Publishing Co., Dehradun.

Jain Dharma – Mangal Paricaya (1994), Management Publishing Co., Dehradun.

From IIM-Ahmedabad to Happiness (2006), Vikalp Printers, Dehradun.

Āchārya Umāsvāmi’s Tattvārthsūtra – with Hindi and English Translation (2011), Vikalp Printers, Dehradun.

Āchārya Kundkund’s Samayasāra – with Hindi and English Translation (2012), Vikalp Printers, Dehradun.

Shri Amritchandra Suri’s Puru╚ārthasiddhyupāya – with Hindi and English Translation (2012), Vikalp Printers, Dehradun.

Ācārya Nemichandra’s Dravyasa╔graha – with Authentic Explanatory Notes (2013), Vikalp Printers, Dehradun.

Ācārya Pūjyapāda’s Istopadeśa – The Golden Discourse (2014), Vikalp Printers, Dehradun.

Ācārya Samantabhadra’s Svayambhūstotra – Adoration of the Twenty-four Tīrtha˘kara (2015), Vikalp Printers, Dehradun.

Ācārya Samantabhadra’s Aptamimamsa – Deep Reflection on the Omniscient Lord (2016), Vikalp Printers, Dehradun.

Mr. Jain is the proprietor of Vikalp Printers, a high-end printing and publishing firm, based in Dehradun, India.á

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