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Kanti V. Mardia and Aidan D. Rankin
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28 Jun 2013
Living Jainism explores a system of thought that unites ethics with rational thought, in which each individual is his or her own guru and social conscience extends beyond human society to animals, plants and the whole of the natural world. The Jain Dharma is a humane and scientific spiritual pathway that has universal significance. With the re-emergence of India as a world power, Jain wisdom deserves to be better known so that it can play a creative role in global affairs. Living Jainism reveals the relevance of Jain teachings to scientific research and human society, as well as our journey towards understanding ourselves and our place in the universe.

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  • Paperback: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Mantra Books (28 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780999127
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780999128
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 562,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A remarkably comprehensive explanation of the Jain philosophy of the interconnectedness of being and its significance for our approach to the environment drawing on the principles of interdependence and reverence for life. Truth is presented as not only one- but also many-sided, opening up interfaith dialogue and an attitude of non-violence relevant to the modern human predicament. The book encourages us to develop relationships based on co-operation, compassion and trust. Jainism is presented as a philosophy to rein in the materialistic and exploitative trends of modern life and overcome our sense of separation from Nature and each other. The book is also hopeful of human possibilities and presents an expanded view of perception and logic. Essential reading for anyone interested in the philosophy and implications of Jainism for our time. --David Lorimer

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Kanti Mardia is Senior Research Professor in Statistics at Leeds University, where he has held a chair since 1973. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Wilks Medal from the American Statistical Association. Aidan Rankin is a London based writer and researcher on spiritual and esoteric matters. He has a PhD and MSc degrees from the London School of Economics and an MA in Modern History from Oxford University.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 15 Feb 2014
This books presents the principles of Jainism clearly, comprehensively, and accurately, thus making a complex and complicated subject accessible to Jains and non-Jains alike. The authors' approach, of explaining the ideas of this ancient and remarkable philosophy through the terminology and metaphors of modern science, is both innovative and helpful. I would recommend this book for everyone who wishes to further their understanding of Jainism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 12 Jan 2014
This book presents the ancient and timeless Jain philosophy, in an accessible and scientific way. This is a very difficult task as the original scriptures have been written in ancient Indian languages like Prakrit and Sanskrit. It presents very complex ideas, like that of Karma, in an understandable way and uses an axiomatic approach. Both Professor Mardia and Dr. Rankin are very talented scholars of Jain philosophy and have written a number of books on this subject. I strongly recommend it.
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Many complex theories explained in simplest possible language still preserving the originality. Loved the book.
Please write on exclusively on Jain cosmology
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a great start 8 Nov 2013
By LSmith
I have only read 2 chapters in but I have become tiresome of the constant referencing and phrase translating.

From the preview and descriptions etc I got the impression that this was going to be more about the way of life and how you can practice it and use it in your life, very much along the lines of 'The Power of Now', which I love.

However it's not, it's more referencing the history, names, translating and the science side of it which has lost me out of the book now.

Very sorry but wasn't what I personally was looking for.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful and smart 28 Feb 2014
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An excellent read for anyone interested in Jain culture and philosophy. Very straightforward and all encompassing. The terminology used is easy to understand for english speakers.
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