Conferences, Fourth International Conference "SCIENCE AND SCIENTIST – 2016"

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Concept of Living Beings, Consciousness and Soul-Matter Interactions in Jain Philosophy
Surendra Singh Pokharna, Ph.D., Narendra Bhandari, Ph.D., Narayan Lal Kachhara, Ph.D., Samani Chaitanya Pragya, Ph.D.

Date: 2016-08-27 05:30 PM – 06:00 PM
Last modified: 2016-08-17


The Jain philosophy has been developed around the core concept of atmavad, i.e. existence of soul, which is eternal, ever existing, omniscient, all powerful and omnipotent. The universe is an interplay between soul and matter and the other four constituents (i.e., space, dharmastikaya, adharmastikaya and) of the universe are facilitators for these interactions. The salient features of Jain time philosophy, which defines Moksha as the ultimate goal of all souls, are described. The procedures for purification of soul, which has to evolve through 14 stages of spiritual evolution are described. There is much emphasis on Jnan, meditation, penances and self discipline. Some of these features are compared with modern scientific models of quantum theory, solid state physics etc. and the model given by Penrose and Hameroff.

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