Publisher's Note The present title ' Applied Philosophy of Jainism' is a compilation of the three important articles authored by Prof. Sagarmal Jain. It mainly deals with the three major tenets of Jainism, i.e. Non-violence (ahirtisa), Non-absolutism (Anekanta) and Non-possession (Aparigraha). These three doctrines are the back-bone of the Jaina Ethics. Applying these three doctrines in day-to-day life and translating it into action, all the problems the individual and the world is facing today, can be saved in a better way.
Prof. Jain has covered these three major doctrines under the umbrella of 'Applied Philosophy' and accordingly has titled this work 'Applied Philosophy of Janism'. Applied philosophy represents the claim that it is possible to build a bridge between the theory and practice. Apart from being a cluster of theories, philosophy can play a vital role in public debate also. Applied philosophy is concerned with the practical aspect of the philosophy or how the philosophy can be applied in one's day-to-day life. Accordingly, 'Applied Philosophy of Jainism' is concerned with applying these major Jaina doctrines in practice to benefit the individual and society as well.
Prof. Sagarmal Ji Jain is a great scholar of Jainism. In fact he has virtually applied Jaina philosophy in his life. Since long he is engaged in writing article, books and monographs on Jainism.
We are very thankful to Prof. Sagarmal Jain for entrusting this work to us for publication. We are also thankful to Dr. Shriprakash Pandey, Joint Director, Parshwanath Vidyapeeth for Editing this work meticulously. Our thanks are also due to Dr. 0. P. Singh who managed its publication through the press. We are also thankful to Sh. Pravin Sharma, Shajapur and Mahavir Press, Varanasi for type-setting and printing this tide respectively.
Hope this book will be very expedient to all class of Jainism as it talks about the core principles of Jainism and its application.
Prof. Sagarmal Jain is a great scholar of jainism. Very noble, polite and a man of integrity by nature. Prof. Sagarmal Jain has got depth and insight into Joints Philosophy. Like Pt. Dalsukh Malvania. he is open for modem interpretation of the traditional Jaina Philosophy. Prof. Jain was born at Shajapur (M.P.) on 22' February. 1932. He did his M.A. in Philosophy from Christian College. Indore in 1961 and completed Ph.D. in 1969 on 'jaint: Bauddha aura Geeta he Achara Darshano ka Tulanatmaka . Adhyayana'. In 1979, after recommendation of Pt. Dalsukh Malvania he joined Parshwanath Vidyapeeth (then P V Research Institute) as a Director.
As a Director at Parshwanath Vidyapeeth, he made all-round tremendous progress in academic as well as administrative field. He created a vast Jaina literature by his authorship. translation editing and dedication towards study of Jainism. He authored more than 34 books and booklets, wrote 'Introduction' for 17 Rooks, edited 30.000 pages of 78 books and authored many more articles and Monographs. He boosted the speed of publication at Vidyapeeth and guided more than 50 students for their Ph.D. Many Sadhu-Sadhvis studied under his supervision at Parshwanath Vidyapeeth. As a Director of Parshwanath Vidyapeeth, he visited several foreign countries. He visited U.S.A. (1985), Chicago (1993) on invitation of Parliament of World Religion. JAFNA (1996) and many more countries like Raleigh. Washington. Finland. San Francisco and Los Angeles to deliver lectures on Jainism. He was General Secretary at Managing the Committee of Parshwanath Vidyapeeth from 2001-2009.
He has been recipient of many awards. On his work on Ph. D. he was awarded Pradeep Kumar Rampuria Award in 1987. He was awarded flash Smriti Puraskara by Samyag-jnana-pracharak-mandal, Jaipur in 1994. Recently he has been awarded most prestigious Award from the President of India. for the year 2017 for his contribution to Prakrit Studies.
Presently Prof Sagarmal Jain is the Founder Director of Prachya Vidyapeeth, Shajapur (M.P.). More than 16 Sadhu-Sadhvis did their Ph. D. under his supervision from Jaina Vishwa Bharati, Ladnun and Vikram University. Ujjain which approve him us a Ph. D. Guide.
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