Jain Study Guide: - Method of Study, Sequence of Study, What to Study & Why?


The ultimate purpose of studying Jain Texts is to achieve nirvana (moksh) by self-experience (sva-anubhuti).

This guide is to enable the beginner to understand:

With this understanding, self-experience becomes possible.

Method of studying Jain Books

1. Notes on Study guide

2. Sequence to study books, What books & Why?

In the following sections:
  • the Sequence of Study,
  • What to Study &
  • Why to Study these books
is given

2.1. For Jain Terminology:

So that one can understand Jain Terminology - Jain Siddhant Praveshika should be studied once, twice or thrice. The purpose is not to memorise the words and definitions but to understand their meanings so that one can begin to understand other Jain Shastras. Jain Siddhant Praveshika contains definitions of many words like: This book should be considered essential for all beginners and and as a Jain Dictionary. All Beginners should either study this with others or by themselves. By studying this one will be able to understand Jain terminology and thus be able to understand the meanings of many other shastras.

Note that a shorter book compiled from this shastra is also available in English called Lagghu Jain Siddhant Praveshika. However the reader should always endevour to read Jain Siddhant Praveshika (Gujarati or Hindi version) as this has been written by a Gnaani (self-experienced soul).

2.2. General Knowledge

To make one capable of studying other Jain shastras one should read Moksh Marg Prakashak. Why? Because it will: The 7th Chapter is also very useful - Pujya Shree Kanji Swami lectured on this chapter - the audio lectures are available in MP3 from AtmaDharma.com online and in word-to-word text format in Moksh No Svatantra Marg - in PDF book format also on AtmaDharma. Some audio lectures on chapter 1 & 4 are also available.

2.3. Detailed knowledge on specific topics:

To obtain a greater understanding of some of the main topics/terminology, read other small books such as:

2.4. In-Depth Knowledge:

As your ability to read and understand the meanings grows the following main Jain texts should be studied: One should also watch/listen to Lalchandbhai's Audio & Video lectures recorded in India (not just the London lectures) - these go into the deepest concepts in an easy to grasp manner and are specifically focused on understanding the soul & how to achieve self-experience.

Lastly do R E M E M B E R