Course Eligibility : General education and basic knowledge of Internet
Course Duration : Minimum six months
Begins On : Self Paced
Chaa Dhaalaa is a famous text written by Pandit Daulatram ji. It discusses phases of souls’ existence, and misery of life associated with each of the phases. The reasons for misery lie in false faith, false knowledge and false conduct. Right faith develops with interest in the soul and with the knowledge of principles and true nature of Dev, Guru, Shastra. Right knowledge helps in making distinction between the self and the other substances after acquiring right knowledge; one follows the path of right conduct. The code of conduct for the householder involves observance of partial vows and contemplations. Jain monks follow observance of complete vows, engross themselves in the nature of pure soul, become omniscient and attain the state of liberation. Thus, this text narrates in brief the path to Moksha in the simplest possible menu.
Types of Transmigration of Souls-Miseries of Animal life, Human life, Heavenly life and Hell
Reasons for Transmigration-false belief in seven fundamentals, dev guru and dharma, false knowledge and false conduct
Right Faith - Characteristics of right faith, Right Knowledge and Right Conduct, Type of Souls-Extrovert, Introvert and Supreme Soul, Attributes of non-soul Substances. Twenty Five faults of Right faith. Essence of Transmigration and Need for Right faith - Eight Components of right faith, Importance of Right faith, Supreme Happiness, No Right Knowledge and Right Conduct without Right Faith.
Samyak Gyan - Characteristics of right faith and knowledge, differences between them, tyes of right knowledge importance of right knowledge, rarity of it in human life. reasons for right knowledge. Negation of activities of punya and pap deeeds
Desh Charitra - different types of conduct and benefits of observing vows.
Twelve Bhavana - fruits of bhavanas, contemplation on transitory, helplessness, transmigratory, Solitariness, separateness, impurity, influx of karma, stoppage of karmas, of shedding of karmas, nature of the Universe, rarity of true knowledge and true path of dharma
Essential Characteristics of Muni Dharma - great vows of non violence, non-stealing, truthfulness, non possession and celibacy, five samities and three gupties, other virtues
Shuddhopayay - Description of self absorption conduct, pure consciousness of serenity, absence of distinctions of various kinds, Nature of Arihat stage, and description of liberated souls - state of Moksha.
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.