Acarya Pujyapada's Istopadesa – The Golden Discourse आचार्य पूज्यपाद विरचित "इष्टोपदेश"

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Vikalp Printers, Mar 26, 2014 - Religion - 168 pages

Istopadesa by Acarya Pujyapada is a concise work of 51 didactic verses leading the reader from the empirical to the transcendental, from the mundane to the sublime, through an experiential process of self-realization, rather than through a metaphysical study of the soul-nature.†

Concise but deep in import, Istopadesa unambiguously establishes the glory of the Self. It is an essential reading for the ascetic. The householder too who ventures to study it stands to benefit much as the work establishes the futility of the worldly objects and pursuits, and strengthens right faith, the basis for all that is good and virtuous.


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The Golden Discourse is a timeless set of verses which have been told and retold over generations. Everyday, every minute of our lives is filled with myriads of choices but purifying our soul is the foremost idea. This Shastra aptly sums up the answers to What, Why, When, How, Who, Where and comforts our souls. This book is an opportunity for all of us to combat fear that engulfs us about life and soul, at some point or the other. Mr. Jain has paved the way for rejuvenating young minds. The more I read this book the more I smile. This book is indeed a contribution towards Jainism.  

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About the author (2014)

Having had his schooling from Mhow and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, Vijay K. Jain (b. 1951) did his graduation in Electronics Engineering from Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, and Post-Graduation in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Mr. Jain had been associated, as a visiting faculty teaching marketing management and entrepreneurship, with several institutions including National Institute for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), and University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee). He is an Ex-President of Dehradun Management Association.

He has written/edited several books:

Marketing Management for Small Units, Management Publishing Co. (1988).

Jain Dharma: Mangal Parichaya, Management Publishing Co., (1994).

From IIM-Ahmedabad to Happiness, Vikalp Printers, Dehradun, (2006).

Acharya Umasvami’s Tattvarthsutra – with Hindi and English Translation, Vikalp Printers, Dehradun, (2011).

Acharya Kundkund’s Samayasara – with Hindi and English Translation, Vikalp Printers, Dehradun, (2012).

Shri Amritchandra Suri’s Purusharthasiddhyupaya – with Hindi and English Translation, Vikalp Printers, Dehradun, (2012).

Acarya Nemichandra’s Dravyasamgraha – with Authentic Explanatory Notes, Vikalp Printers, Dehradun, (2013).

Mr. Jain is the proprietor of Vikalp Printers, a high-end printing and publishing firm, based in Dehradun.

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