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The World of Conquerors

The author, Dr Natubhai Shah, a medical graduate, has a Ph.D. in Jain
Religion. He is Chairman of the Jain Academy and Founder President of Jain Samaj Europe. He represents Jainism at the highest level.

In two volumes

Let me introduce you to Jainism by greeting you in a Jain way, Jai Jinendra. The greeting has a special meaning. It means honour to the person who has conquered himself. It also means honour to the conqueror of inner evils, who has shown the path of self-conquest and
happiness to all living beings . . . Life is dear to us all, to happy individuals but also to the unhappy. But questions arise in our mind. Who has given us such life? Who takes it away when we die? Why are there injustices in life? . . . Since the beginning of time humans have sought answers to these questions and have attempted to unravel the great mysteries of creation and the cosmos through religious and metaphysical speculation . . . In India many different solutions have been put forward . . . Among them is Jainism, one of the oldest religions in the world.

Hardback ISBN: Vol 1: 978-1-898723-30-1
Hardback ISBN: Vol 2: 978-1-898723-31-8
Hardback Price: £45.00 / $65.00
Release Date: September 1998
Paperback ISBN: Vol. 1: 978-1-898723-96-7
Paperback Price: £25.00 / $39.95
Release Date: September 2014
Page Extent / Format: 334 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: Yes


Preface and Acknowledgements
Transliteration and Pronunciation

1 Introduction
The Meaning of Life
The Antiquity of Jainism

2 History
The Origins of Jainism and the First Tirthankara—Risabhadeva
The Later Tirthankaras
Vardhamana Mahavira
The Jain Sangha, Monks and Nuns, Yatis and Bhattarakas
Prominent Aacaaryas
Royal Patronage
Popular Support
Decline and Revival
The Schisms
Jain Migration Abroad
Jains in the Twentieth Century

3 Teachings of Mahavira
The Path of Purification
Jain Ethics
Ahimsaa, Aparigraha, Anekaantavaada
Jain Yoga and Meditation

4 The Jain Community

The Fourfold Order
Monks and Nuns, and their Daily Duties
Laypeople and their Daily Duties
Jain Society as Depicted in the Narrative Literature
Jain Society in the Contemporary World
The Future—Jains and Jainism

5 Popular Jainism
Regular Practices and Rituals
Svetambara Rituals
Penitential Retreat
Digambara Rituals and Rituals of Other Sects
Social Rituals
Jain Sacred Days and Festivals

6 Jainism in the Modern World
Human Attitudes and Jain Ethics
Animal Welfare
Environmental Concerns
Jain Food Habits

7 Current Trends and Conclusions
The Current State of Jainism

I Major Events in the Chronological History of Jains
II Nutritional Values of Vegetarian Food
III Quick Calorie Reckoner for Common Indian Vegetarian Food

Bibliography for Sources and References in English
Bibliography for Sources and References in Indian Languages

These two volumes provide an intimate vantage view of what the author calls ‘the world of conquerors’ – a world of inner and outer space waiting to be conquered not by warlike weapons unleashed by greed, malice, domination, violence and exploitation but by peaceful conquerors following principles and practice of Right Knowledge, Right Faith, and Right Austerities, based on reverence for life, compassion, non-violence, equanimity and a sense of mutual interdependence.
From the Foreword by His Excellency Dr L. M. Singhvi, formerly High Commissioner for India

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