Ācārya Samantabhadra’s Aptamimamsa (Devāgamastotra): Deep Reflection On The Omniscient Lord
Aptamimamsa by Ācārya Samantabhadra (2nd century CE) starts with a discussion, in a philosophical-cum-logical manner, on the Jaina concept of omniscience and the attributes of the Omniscient. The Ācārya questions the validity of the attributes that are traditionally associated with a praiseworthy deity and goes on to establish the logic of accepting the Omniscient as the most trustworthy and praiseworthy Supreme Being. Employing the doctrine of conditional predications (syādvāda) – the logical expression of reality in light of the foundational principle of non-absolutism (anekāntavāda) – he faults certain conceptions based on absolutism. He finally elucidates correct perspectives on issues including fate and human-effort, and bondage of meritorious (punya) or demeritorious (pāpa) karmas.á
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The book provides authentic explanation of Anekantavada and Syadvada. The book finally settles the debate as to which is more important - fate or human effort.
The finest and well-researched book on Jaina nyaya and logic. The book explains beautifully the Jaina concepts of anekantavada and syadvada.