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Non Voilence & World Peace

Jain Books

Preface

The present articles in this work have already been addressed to the First and Second International Conference on Peace and Non-violent Action held from 5th December to 7th December 1988 at Ladnun and from 17th February to 21st February 1991 at Rajsamand, where a number of delegates from various countries like Russia, USA, Bangladesh, Australia, Japan, Canada, Great Britain, Sweden, Thailand and Holland participated.

Non-violence is the eternal religion and an inevitable part of our life. One should be taught about it from his childhood in any society. This booklet contains the scientific explanation of the necessity of non-violence in educational system. Training in non-violence is not only a necessity, but a reality. Practical and behavioural training along with the training of the mind will help to end the fundamentalism, the materialistic attitude and cruelty of human relations from the society and it will be a basis for moral values of the mankind. This could be a sure success in the path of 'faith and follow' in non-violence.

Ganadhipati Sri Tulsi, a preceptor and a practitioner monk of non-violence, briefing his motto of life and its course said that the faith in non-violence is unshakeable and the world of mankind should embrace this implicitly. Having his heart filled with the desire for world peace, Sri Tulsi, explicated Anuvrat saying that it is a unique effort and movement to build a non-violent society.

The foundation of non-violence training needs to explore the causes and origin of violence and to seed the plant of non-violence. Acharya Mahaprajna, a Jain preceptor, prescribes the application of Jain yoga as an important formula for the development of mind towards non-violence and describes the antidotes for human vices leading to violent action. Anekanta (non-absolutism), a novel contribution of Jain philosophy has a necessary role (of application) in non-violence. It tends to the ideas of relativity and co-existence which create an awareness of reconciliation, a positive aspect of non-violence and conflict-free society. It is high time to make efforts to change the heart, the attitude, the life style and the social systems in order to realise a non-violent society and to ensure the existence of human race.

The benedictory address by Sri Tulsi at the initiation of the International Training Camp in Non-violence is also included. The appendix consists of the declarations of both First and Second International Conference on Peace and Non-violent Action.

This work is the result of the vision of Gurudev Tulsi and the inspiration of Acharya Shree Mahaprajna, Mahasramana Muditji, Muni Shree Dulharajji and Muni Shree Mahendra Kumarji. Sri Girija Prasad Mahapatra of Anekanta Sodh Peeth, J.V.B. assisted to get this work in a book form. This could be helpful and useful for the readers who love peace.

--Muni Dharmesh