Course Eligibility : General education and basic knowledge of Internet
Course Duration : Minimum six months
Begins On : Self Paced
As the name suggests, Balbodh is meant for beginners. It is based on three parts of Balbodh pathmala, first one written by Pandit Ratan Chand Bharill and the other two written by Dr. Hukam Chand Bharill, These are very popular in various examinations at primary level. The basic topics such as Namokar Mantra, four mangals, tirthankar bhagwan, dev darshan , living and non-living, daily time table. sins, passions, good conduct, phase of life, substances and others are primarily focused in the course it also includes stories of Adinath Bhagwan, Bhagwan Neminath and Bhagwan Mahaveer, This also comprises of some prayers. On these are written in a very simple language so that anyone without the prior knowledge of Jainism can follow without any difficulty. This is recommended for children. It may also useful for those interested in knowing very basics of Jain conduct.
Unit - 1
The Four Mangals
Unit - 2
Phases of Life
Unit - 3
Five Supreme Holy Beings (Parmesties)
Eight Fundamentals of the Householders
Unit - 4
Substances, Attributes and Modifications
The program does not specify any restrictions in terms of age and qualifications for taking up a given course. The objective is to make these courses available to anyone with an interest in Jain Philosophy.
Those who have no exposure to Jain Principles should start with Balbodh or Vitrag Vigyan and later on take Tatavagyan depending on individual aptitude. It is advisable to look at the syllabus before making up the choice. However, some might have primary understanding of Jain Principles can take opt for Jain Siddhant Prashnottarmala to sharpen existing ability. To continue to have interest in Jain Principles requires maturity and prior exposure to these concepts.
If an individual has interest in studying simple Jain text it is advised that one can select Chhahdhala which contains many Jain Principles and describes the path to Moksha in lucid manner. This text is also known as mini – Samaysar. In case you have not read any Jain text, It is better to start with this one. If an aspiring student has already gone through Chhahdhala, one can take Tattvaarthsutra to know more about Jain Principles in a very systematic manner. Those who have exposure to either of these two text, then it is advisable to opt for Samaysar. In absence of knowledge of basic Jain Principles and the terms used in Jain Philosophy, it may be difficult to follow Samaysar. It is our sincere wish that everyone should study Samaysar at some stage so that one can really learn about their own soul and the real path to Moksha.