Acarya Samantabhadra’s Svayambhustotra: Adoration of The Twenty-four Tirthankara

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Vikalp Printers, Jan 1, 2015 - Religion - 244 pages

Acarya Samantabhadra’s Svayambhustotra (2nd century CE) is a fine composition in Sanskrit dedicated to the adoration of the Twenty-four TÓrthankara, the Most Worshipful Supreme Beings. Acarya Samantabhadra was one of the most impelling proponents of the Jaina doctrine of anekantavada, a philosophical system which maintains that reality has multifarious aspects and that a complete apprehension of it must necessarily take into account all these aspects. Non-appreciation of this jewel of Jainism has caused the other philosophical systems fall into the trap of one-sided, incomplete, and unsustainable dogmas that fail to explain the Truth. Through its 143 verses Svayambhustotra not only enriches reader’s devotion, knowledge, and conduct but also frees his mind from blind faith and superstitions. Rid of ignorance and established firmly in right faith, the reader’s mind experiences ineffable tranquility and equanimity.

As proclaimed by Acarya 108 Vidyanand Muni, Svayambhustotra is an essential reading for all – ascetics and laymen.

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The book is finest adoration of the Twenty-four Tirthankara by His Holiness Acarya Samantabhadra. Vijay K. Jain has also provided in the book two appendices which elaborate the concept of empirical time as mentioned in the Jain literature, and the brief life history of the Twenty-four Tirthankara. Well produced book; worth reading for every Jain follower. 

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About the author (2015)

†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).

Acarya Pujyapada’s Istopadesa – The Golden Discourse, Vikalp Printers, Dehradun, (2014).

Acarya Samantabhadra’s Svayambhustotra – Adoration of The Twenty-four Tirthankara

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