GREAT MEN'S VIEW ON JAINISM
|"I say with conviction that the doctrine
for which the name of Lord Mahaveer is glorified nowadays is the doctrine of
Ahimsa. If anyone has practiced to the fullest extent and has propagated most
the doctrine of Ahimsa, it was Lord Mahaveer."
- Mahatma Gandhi
in India that religion is a reality and not a mere social
convention. It is really true that salvation can not be had by
merely observing external ceremonies. Religion cannot make any
difference between man and man."
- Dr. Rabindranath Tagore
"We learn from scriptures (Sashtras) and
commentaries that Jainism is existing from beginning less time. This fact is
indisputable and free from difference of opinion. There is much historical
evidence on this point."
"I adore so greatly
the principles of the Jain religion, that I would like to be
reborn in a Jain community."
- George Bernard Shaw
Albert Einstein remarked that the
eternal mystery of the world is its intelligibility. True religion fastens
to this element of intelligibility and creates a system of thought and
action which leads to true harmony and bliss. And it is indeed so with
- Albert Einstein
"In conclusion let
me assert my conviction that Jainism is an original system, quite
distinct and independent from all others; and that therefore it
is of great importance for the study of philosophical thoughts
and religious life in ancient India."
- Dr. Herman Jacobi
"What would be the condition of the
Indian Sanskrit literature if the contribution of the Jains were removed?The
more I study Jain literature the more happy and wonder struck I am."
"Jainism is of a
very high order.Its important teachings are based upon science.The
more the scientific knowledge advances the more that Jain
teachings will be proven."
- L. P. Tessetori, Italy
"Lofty ideas and high ascetic practices
are found in Jainism. It is impossible to know the beginning of Jainism."
- Major General Forlong
contributed to the world the sublime doctrine of Ahimsa. No other
religion has emphasized the importance of Ahimsa and carried its
practice to the extent that Jainism has done. Jainism deserves to
become the universal religion because of its Ahimsa
- Justice Ranglekar, Bombay High Court
"The Jain Sadhu leads a life which is
praised by all. He practices the vratas and rites strictly and shows to the
world the way one has to go in order to realize the atma (soul). Even the
life of a Jain householder is so faultless that India should be proud of
- Dr. Satischandra Vidhya Bhushan
"The right of
welcoming the delegates of the universal peace organization
belongs to the Jains only. Because Ahimsa alone contributes to the
establishment of universal peace. Tirthankara, the profounder of
Jainism, preached to the world the Ahimsa doctrine. Therefore, who
else except the followers of Bhagavan Parsvanath and Mahaveer can
preach universal peace?"
- Dr. Radha Vinodpal
"There is nothing wonderful in my saying that Jainism was in existence long before the Vedas were composed."
"Truly speaking, Jainism is an independent and original religion, for it is neither Hinduism nor Vedic religion, but of course it is an aspect of Indian life, culture, and philosophy."