Course Eligibility : General education and basic knowledge of Internet
Course Duration : Minimum six months
Begins On : Self Paced
This Course is based on Veetrag Vigyan Pathmala Part-1, 2 and 3 which are written and edited by Dr. Hukum Chand Bharill. Those who do not have background of Jainism but find Balbodh very easy can select this course. It has prayers relating to arhant, siddhas and homage to the gods, scriptures and monks. Important basic concepts such as type of soul, seven fundamentals, six essentials, karma, twelve wishful reflections, the three worlds (Loks), seven addictions, who am i, the path to liberation, real and conventional perspective are discussed. For promoting better understanding scripture and jain practices, classification of the jain scriptures the course includes subject such as errors in understanding the seven fundamentals, non-violence and method of worship and benefit. Information on jain festivals such as the great ashtanika, the great festival of ten virtues, Raksha-Bandhan are furnished herein. Great stories of bhagwan parshwanath, Balbhadra Ram and Jambu Swami are part of the course.
Soul and the Supreme Soul
The Six Essentials
Twelve wishful Reflections
The God, the Scripture and the Monk
Errors in Understanding the Seven fundamentals
A classification of the Jain Scriptures
The three Worlds (Loks)
Non-Violence: A commentary
The Great Ashtanika festival
Worship, Method and Benefit
Adopted and Inherited Wrong faiths
Who Am I?
Twelve Conduct Rules of a Spiritually Minded householder
The path to liberation
Real and Conventional perspective
The Great Festival of Ten Virtues
Summary of Homage to the Samaysar
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.