Publishd during Bhagavan Mahavira's 2600th birthday celebrations.
Bharati Pushp :149
THE BASIC THOUGHT
Dr. JAY K U MAR
A L A.J
Translated from the original in Hindi
G. F. Burhanpurkar
PRAKRIT BHARATI ACADEMY
Dr. Jay Kumar Jalaj:
Born at Lalitpur, U. P. on 2nd Oct.
educated and taught at
University. Taught at Satna, Reva,
Sehore, under the aegis of higher education, Madhya Pradesh.
Taught in the Govt. Post-Graduate College, Ratlam, as head of
Deptt for 10 years and then as Principal, for 12 years. Authored:
Suraj si Astha (poems, 1958), Sanskrit Natya Shastra: Ek
Punarvichar (Research and review 1962), Dhwani Aur Dhawnigranm
Shastra (Linguistics, 1962), Aitihasik Bhasha Vigyan (1972, 2001),
Sanskrit aur Hindi Natak : Rachna Evarn Rang-karma (Research and
review 1985, 2000), and many others. Awarded: By M. P.
Government's Kamta Prasad Guru, Vishwanath and Bhoj awards.
Honored recipient of Sahitya Saraswat title of Hindi
Sahitya Sammelan, 1998.
Mailing address: 30, Indira Nagar, Ratlam - 457001-M.
Bhagavan Mahavira had an unflinching and
thorough faith in thing/matter and its manifoldness as well as
expansive, independent, and self- sufficient nature of living and
non-living beings. This faith is the culmination of his lofty and
sublime thoughts. For comprehending such a faith,
micro-classifications into endless types and subtypes may only be
a primal need. Some time they may shift the original facial of
Mahavira's thought out of the focus of our vision. So, the need is
to go beyond the classifications and shape our behavioural pattern
according to Mahavira's basic and non-bookish thinking.
Mahavira's path, for
comprehending the nature of thing, is simply natural and for
treading the same he only favours our natural steps. Even for
virtue he disfavours a throbbing attraction in us. He believes in
non-imposition. For him it is only the purity of emotion and not
its goodness or evil that may free the soul from all bondage to
karma and possibility
of rebirth, which is
moksha or complete
Stray ideas about Mahavira's
vision-n-thought lingered ever in my mind. But to concretize them
in a comprehensive sequence ever got postponed. Had the M. P.
State Committee, formed to celebrate Mahavira's 2600th birthday,
its President Honourable C. M. Mr. Digvijay Singh and
Vice-President Honourable Commerce Minister, Mr. Narendra Nahta
not strictly restricted the size, to write a, concise book on
Mahavira, perhaps, I couldn't have grasped the integrated
Mahavira. For this, I am thankful
to all of them, and for publishing the book and its editions to
the M. P. Sahitya Parishad.
I thank Slm G. F. Burhanpurkar for the
English translation, Dr. Padam Ghate and Er. Nikhil
Jain for their help in preparing computer copy and email
communications. My thanks also to Shri Surendra Bothara for his
valuable suggestions. In the end I express my gratitude for Shri
D. R. Mehta and Prakrit Bharati Academy, Jaipur for publication of
not only the first edition but this second edition also.
Ratlam (M. P.) India
Jay Kumar Jalaj
11th Sept. 2003.
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