Shri Bharatvarshiya Digamber Jain Teerth Sanrakshini
Mahasabha, New Delhi is reprinting the book 'The Early Faith of Asoka'
written by Edward Thomas, published in 1876. The book establishes the
fact that Buddhism was an offshoot of Jainism. The book is a historical
find and of great importance to the Jains because it brings to light the
forgotten inscriptions at Gimar, the final resting place of Moksha
(Nirvan) in Gujarat. The rock inscription at Gimar, (2nd Cover) and
edicts of Asoka (3rd & 4th Cover) confirm beyond doubt Lord
Neminath's teachings of Jains. Gimar inscription also confirms that
Girnar belonged to Jains from time in memory.
Jains have always practised and believed that Digamber Jains
have an age old tradition of worshipping the footprints (Charans) of their
Gods (Tirthankaras) from time in memory and this tradition is unique to
Digamber Jains. In no other religion the footprints of Gods are carved in
marble stones and worshipped. In Hindu and Buddhist temples and
shrines there is no tradition of carving of footprints of Gods or
worshipping the footprints. Digamber Jains have shrines all over India
prominently at Shikharjee Parasnath (Bihar) and at Pawapuri
(Mahavira) Footprints) and have been worshipping them for thousands
of years and even from pre-Christian times.
Footprints of 22" Tirthankara at Gimar are clear and no amount
of camouflaging can hide them. The truth has a uncanny habit of
unfolding itself. The footprints of Neminath have been established
beyond doubt. This is in continuation of Dig amber Jains age old tradition
and no amount of denial can disprove this truth.
Lord Krishna of Hindu Avtar, was son of Vasudeva and Devki.
Samudra Vijay was the elder brother of Vasudeva. Lord Neminath (22"
Tirthankara of Jains) was the son of Samudra Vijay. Jains cannonical
literature (Harvansh Purana) establishes this beyond doubt and this fact
is established and accepted historically as well by Hindus. Thus it is a
undeniable fact that Lord Neminath is a historical personality dating in the
times of Lord Krishna. Hindus accept the fact that Lord Krishna is more
than 2 thousand years earlier to Christian era. We are giving a Replica of
Girnar inscription on the rock of Girnarji as found by National Museum,
New Delhi as per their Archives record. This book is being reproduced
without any addition and deletion as was printed in 1876 by Edward
Thomas except the Preface and Note regarding the book. We are also
adding the photographs of Charans of Lord Neminath at Gimar.
We are thankful to Prof. M. L. Jain, retired Professor of Delhi
University for writing a precious Note of this book. He advises us in
Teerth Sanrakshini Mahasabha and Digamber Jain Mahasabha
publications. We are also thankful to Ms. Neetu Jain for designing the
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