Living Jainism: An Ethical Science Paperback – 28 Jun 2013
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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
About the Author
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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I love the story of the 6 blind men and the elephant and the principle of manysideness, the compassionate principles of living (ahimsa), the interconnectedness with the natural world, the notion of multiple cyclic connections rather than linear relationships and many other ideas and concepts. The authors make a credible case for the validity of the views and why the Jain schema are so little appreciated despite their credibility.
They made heavy usage of analogies with physics and sub-atomic particles in discussions of karma. I found this constant change between literal and allegorical description to be less effective than it might have been, but probably need several re-readings to absorb much of the detail.
The book is an excellent pragmatic conjoiner of ethics, western science and the Jain worldview and should appeal to any compassionate, sentient philosopher.
Please write on exclusively on Jain cosmology
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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