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Pankaj Jain, Ph.D.

Entries by Pankaj Jain, Ph.D.

The Environmental Sustainability of Indian Spirituality

(35) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 1:18 PM

I had arrived at New York's JFK Airport on Nov. 19, 1996 and was immediately struck by the hundreds of cars all around the airport plying on various "spaghetti" flyovers and highways. Born in a small sleepy town of Pali in Rajasthan and having lived most of my life in...

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Jain Dharma Goes Beyond Religion

(9) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 11:22 AM

What is religion?

Religion is derived from Latin word religio meaning reverence or conscientiousness. It also means Res (With regard to) + legere (to gather) and Re (again) + lego (read). Hence, etymologically "religion" is meant to gather a community to read the Holy Book and to have reverence...

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Buddhism: Origin, Spread and Decline

(24) Comments | Posted September 1, 2011 | 4:40 PM

1. Contemporary Indian Society and Buddhism's origin

A keen observer of the world history may notice a pendulous motion. At one end of the pendulum's swing is the society immersed in crass materialism, Pravritti (literally, action) and at the other end is the society engrossed itself in spirituality, Nivritti...

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Hinduism and Modernity

(47) Comments | Posted August 1, 2011 | 2:00 PM

We are living in a modern society today. At least, we prefer to believe that we are! We shun anything non-modern or so called orthodox. We would like to stay in touch with the contemporary rather than the traditional, be it home furniture or our way of thinking or our...

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The Caste System of Hindu Society

(126) Comments | Posted June 20, 2011 | 10:13 AM

Varna vyavastha (literally, the class system) remains one of the most interesting and debatable topics in the study of Vedic culture. Since the Vedas remain an unraveled mystery even today due to the archaic Sanskrit in which they were composed, much of the ancient social history is derived from the...

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The Dharmic Method to Save the Planet

(29) Comments | Posted May 12, 2011 | 11:27 AM

An eminent scholar recently came to our university campus and spoke about the role of diverse religious communities of the world and their attitudes toward the environment. He showed examples from several indigenous communities from the North America, South America, Africa and Asia. However, when he referred to the traditions...

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10 Hindu Environmental Teachings

(148) Comments | Posted April 10, 2011 | 6:15 PM

Hinduism contains numerous references to the worship of the divine in nature in its Vedas,
Upanishads, Puranas, Sutras and its other sacred texts. Millions of Hindus recite Sanskrit mantras daily to revere their rivers, mountains, trees, animals and the earth. Although the Chipko (tree-hugging) Movement is the most...

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