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   Fundamental Features of Jainism.

Extract from the book ‘A peep into Jainism'        By Shri Khub Chand Jain B.A.

                                    Scientific knowledge in Jainism

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The world of today has become so fastidious that it will not credit anything unless it confirms reason. Nothing will be acceptable; the truth of it cannot be verified by means of an experiment; a telescope or a microscope. A true religion, if it is to be sincerely believed, must be scientific.

                The Jain point of view regarding the universe, as expounded by its great teachers, is wholly scientific. It does not believe that anything outside being, however mighty, created the universe out of nothing and will at some remote time annihilate it to nothingness. This is impossible, this view is unscientific, for nothing can be created nor anything that exists, can never be completely destroyed. What we see in our daily life is simply the change in form and matter which remains as it is. A wax  candle when it is unused in solid form with some definite color, form and occupying a certain space but when burnt out nothing appears to be left .This is a wrong idea, matter is there, simply it has taken a different form and names. The candle is now turned into Hydrogen and carbon.  The furniture in your house was sometime existed in the form of tree. In the scientific parlance this principle is known as “Law of Indestructability of matter”   or conservation of energy. Also what Sir J.C.Bose proved through some very delicate and sensitive apparatus such as an optical liner, Resonant Recorder and Magnetic Cresco graph which made visible the growth of plants, the pulse of their hearts, the twitching of their tissues, the process of their digestion and also that plants are more sensitive that even human beings; that than animals do; that they suffer convulsion of pain when they react to a passing cloud, or a whisper of breeze more readily than animals do, that they suffer convulsion of pain when wounded have their own movements of fatigue languidness and death was declared by Jain Apostles several thousand years before the Cristian era, any even before the Vedas and punished were conceived. The Jain teachers joined this knowledge through intuition. They  even went further and declared that atomic or invisible beings like the smallest particles of the elements of the earth and  the fire, the water and the air has life. (प्रथविकायिक. अग्निकयिक जलकायिक तथा वायुकायिक ) The above  is quite in agreement with Bose’s researches who proved that “inert and living bodies have much in common; even metals suffer from fatigue and can be poisoned’  This theory however, it should be understood is quite different from the animistic belief of the existence of sprits in stones, trees brooks, etc according to which these objects have to be propitiated with bloody sacrifices .  The Jain belief is that life or soul, in whatever form it may be, is everywhere, is sacred and as it is moving towards the same goals,  it is not to be disturbed or disintegrated by any kind of violence.

                Now the question is, can fire have life? If so what sort of life or soul it has? Well, having hitherto failed to realize our own soul we can hardly know what sort of souls, water, fire and air have. According to Jainism it is only the Omniscient Lords who can perceive them. One thing, however appears very probable that life or soul can exist under all conditions. This becomes at least vaguely certain when we remember that plants can exist in hot environments.

Water Has Life click on the link:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ecl4qRly3X4

Water has Memory click on the link:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILSyt_Hhbjg

Water Memory and Structured Water

Click on the link:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwaNfNcurvQ

The Effects of Human Thoughts, and Words on WATER... WOW!

Click on the link:- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIOx7i7MkY8

Is fire alive? It moves, it fees on oxygen,but it does not think or know where it is moving

for answers click on the link :-http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=360

                The Hindstan Times of 22nd Feb1961 reads:-

Plants grow in hot water: A rare plant believed to be the only one of its kind in the world known as ‘fer medium’ was found to be growing in the hot water stream in a temperature of 800 C in the Bhim  bund near Monghyr. Botanists who came across in course of excursion in the forest last week, said the  plant had a  luxuriant growth despite the high temperature of water.

Dr.Pat Clarke, of University College London, once said, “Some extra ordinary bacteria have been found living in hot springs in an American desert in temperature of 920   C-almost hot enough to boil an egg.                                                                                             (Hindustan Times 29-1-1967)

Not following the other system of thought but leaving its own ideas on several problems; the Jain account of sound is a  physical concept, while all other system of thoughts spoke of sound as a quality of space, Jainism explains sound in relation with material particles. To prove this scientific thesis, the Jain thinkers employed arguments which are now generally found in the text books of Physics.

The laymen who are skeptical about the physical nature of sound or noise are referred to news dated 29-11-1959 in Hindustan Times which reads:-

Light from Noise:-The invention of a device, which is said to make electricity from noise, was announced by the Head of a small electronic firm at a press conference in florida.

Mr. Eugene Russell, President Of Electronic Development Company of Thampa , said that the firms new invention could replace the generator in motor car.

Mr. Eugene Russell, said that the device called a ‘phono-power’ element could convert car noises to furnish enough power to handle lights, air conditioning---everything your car uses except the power to start it.

Explaining ‘phono-power’ He said “we have always known that noise had energy. Such things as a singer’s voice shattering a wine glass across the room showed that. But we never had ways to measure the energy.

Seeing Sound: - The crow, it has been grudgingly conceded doth sing as sweetly as the lyric when neither is attended. The time may come very soon when the crow will be thought to sing of either the crow or the lark will change.

 Here's how you can see sound waves!

Click on the following link:-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93DFanOXzL8

The reason will be a possible change in our mode of appreciation. Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Frederick  Judd an electronic engineer of South Wood Ford, London, shakes of sound may soon be commonly filmed in colors. Music will not only be  heard but seen also. We may be in position to know with a measure of certainty how much sweeter precisely are unheard melodies than heard.

                                                                                (Hindustan Times 9-3-1961)

The above is about the noisy sounds, silent sound can work more wonders. It can perform surgery, locate oil deposits and cut diamonds according to an article in a recent issue of the Baltimore Institute of Radio Engineering’s magazine Baltimore Maryland Oct. 14 1962 Reuter.

Sound pitched too high for the human ear to detect, known as ultra sound can also give beer just the right amount of foam wash the dinner dishes and make nylon stockings which are warm in winter and cool in summer. Silent sound has been used to homogenize milk and age whisky in minutes. It can break up tough meat and vegetable fibers without changing its colors and taste of the foods.

Electricity from bacteria: A biological fuel cell which can supply  low cost power has been devised in the USA. The cell can supply electricity to keep the raded  going for many years  (etc..)

The question is: How can music shatter a wine glass? Or noise produces electricity or sound may not only be heard but also be seen or filmed or how can a bacteria without being something physical in nature.

What about Energy? Energy unlike matter has no mass and volume but it has been shown by the scientists that matter and energy is inter changeable. The relationship  of matter and energy as given by the following equation , was practiced by Albert  Einstein in 1905

E=mc2      where E represents energy, M is the  volume of the matter and c is the velocity of light (c=3x10 10    Km /sec)  Note that if energy appears some matter disappears. If some energy disappears then some matter must appear in its place. This was demonstrated by the explosion of Atomic & Hydrogen bombs.

A student of science if he reads the Jain treatment of water will be surprised to find away corresponding ideals- the indestructibility of matter, the conception of atoms and molecules and matter and the view that heat light sound etc are just modifications of matter notions that are common in Jainism and modern science. Most probably the development of mercury vapour’s turbines in the description of America is the outcome of mercury. Vapour engines occurring in ancient Jain works like samarangan sutradher. Not only in America but also in Germany an attempt was made to replace petrol engines by mercury vapour  engines in the aeroplanes. The translation of  Surya Pragapati a standard Jain work on Astronomy into German language has elicited high admiration in the west.

Gomatsaar (गोमट सार) mentions the shape of a parmanu a hexagonal. A free parmanu can travel with a maximum velocity of 14 rajjus per samay, the unit of time. It can shoot from one corner of the universe to the other in one Samay, provided it does not suffer any collision. This is the maximum velocity possible in nature. Just as according to Einstein the velocity of light is limit. At each successive collision of the velocity is reduced. The maximum age of a star is given as a little more than one palya ( =4.13x1046 years) showing that in the life cycle of star there are stages of infancy, puberty, old age and death corresponding to the modern idea of the evolution of stare . The modern view is thatit starts it career in the form of cold cosmic dust, gradually and steadily contracts and heats upto a very high temperature; flares up as a noval or a super noval giving out enormously bright light, leaves a residue called a white dwarf star which is dark and thus disappears. From view.

                The theory of infinite numbers as it is dealt in LOK PRAKASA, which corresponds with the modern mathematical theories and the theory of Indentity of time and space are the problems, which are most discussed by the scientists owing to the Einstein Theory, are already solved or  for solution prepared in Jain Meta physics. Many more such ideas will be found dispersed in Jain literature in general. Sometimes these ideas do not agree with those of modern science, but this is immaterial; for, the modern scientific ideas are not absolute, they are ever-changing and who knows that may at last agree with Jain ideas. It is in this connection well to remember the words of Dr Schubring of Hamburg University, Germany, Which he spoke on the 13th January, 1928 during the course of lecture delivered at Delhi.

He, who has a through knowledge of structure of the world, cannot but admire the inward logic and harmony of Jain ideas. Hands in hand with the refined cosmographical idea goes a high standard of Astronomy and Mathematics. A history of Indian Astronomy is not conceivable without the famous Surya Pragyapati.

Existence of microscopic organism is also known to Jain thinkers who technical them Suksham Ek indrya jivas or minute organisms with a sense of touch alone.

The Jain views on soul transmigration and clairvoyance have fully been vindicated through experimental researches by the physical Research Societys as quoted elsewhere in this book under the head ‘soul’.

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