Jainism - The Super Science


By Dr. Sudhir Shah, Neurologist, Ahmedabad


Jain philosophy is the oldest of all philosophies, older than Vedanta and Buddhism. It is a complete philosophy. It offers perfect knowledge, way of life and ethics, precise steps of liberation. It has a classic karmic theory and its own philosophic theory of relativity. It has looked upon ecology balance and by following the Jain doctrine world peace can be achieved.

Science is just one part of Jain religion. If we take science, then right from mathematics to astronomy, from atomic science to biological sciences, from atomic science to biological sciences, from laws of motion to speed of particles, from psychology to detailed division of living beings, we will find everything depicted in Jain religion and philosophy. The height is that the language is of a religion but the knowledge is of pure science. Science applied for the liberation of a human being. For example, all the principles of atomic physics are discussed including the formation of matter, concept of universal matter, atomic fusion, integration and disintegration of matter, constancy and transformability of objects, the concept of subatomic particles, were all depicted in the texts of Jain religion.

Surprising, the most basic and vital theories of modern science, physics in particular are depicted in Jain philosophy in short verses. The principles of reality, constancy of mass, laws of entropy, law of motion and inertia, quantum theory, relativity theory, laws of energy, telepathy, teleporting, properties of sound, power of mind all are wonderfully discussed in an eloquent manner with applications of them for the upliftment of mankind and finally sublimation of the soul.

We as doctors are concerned with health.

Health : 
The rituals of Jain religion, particularly the vows of a shravak, shravika, sadhu and sadhviji
The six avashyak kriyas (mandatory rituals)
The laws of food and eating habits the penance of Jain religion
The Bhavanas-attitudes laid down in philosophy, are all promoting positive health, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
Let us all re-learn what has been given to us an invaluable inheritance, let us be proud of it, but, more than that, let us do further research and apply it for human and animal welfare, world peace and self-liberation.
There are so many things written in the Jain texts, which cannot be well interpreted with the present knowledge of science. Jainism gives direction for new research in the field of energy, karmic bonds, velocity, psychology, food, health etc. Let us concentrate our research on these and give the world the best of our religion.



Article Courtesy : Ms. Raksha Shah, E-Mail : shahraksha99@yahoo.com


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