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Life Force : The World of Jainism Paperback – May 1, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0875730806 ISBN-10: 0875730809

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Jain Publishing Company (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0875730809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0875730806
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tobias, formerly a professor of ecology and the humanities and currently a writer-director-producer of television films (including Ahisma: Non-Violence ), provides an excellent introduction to Jain religion and philosophy as experienced by a Westerner. Tobias is profoundly moved by Jain ecology (harmonious living with nature) in accord with its central principle and practice of ahisma (nonviolence or nonharming), which necessitates strict vegetarianism. Throughout, Tobias's sense that Jainism has something to teach the world at large helps the reader relate to Jainism as currently practiced. Recommended for most libraries.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I am very happy to see this book being re-published by a new publisher.
U. 1 Marks
This is my second time reading the book and I highly recomend it to anyone who has an interest in the history of religions, or the philosophies of life.
Bill Schaeffer
I havent finished reading this book yet. but from what I have read so far, it is a great book.
"sr_shah"

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By U. 1 Marks on June 12, 2008
Format: Paperback
I am very happy to see this book being re-published by a new publisher. BUT....It pained me to read some of the reviews here, I think these are misguided, and even though I believe in Anekantavad of Jainism, I offer the following thoughts, mine, on this book as a counter balance.

This is a composite edited shortened transcript of several talks I gave to Young Jains on this earth across continents. Hence the original copyright is mine and sometimes of the Newsletters of the Jain Temples that sponsored the seminars. So I ask all concerned to please respect that.

I quote my own words, " Michael Tobias has written an exemplary book on Jainism. I recommend this book highly to Jains and Non-Jains alike, to those who want to KNOW the IDEALS of Jainism, to use them in their own lives. This book is not for those who merely want to collect facts. For fact junkies who only live in their heads, there are numerous books. Fact junkies beware! this book touch your heart.

Reading this book in summer of 1996, on a rock by the banks of the Hudson river, in Nyack NY, I could not put it down. I had a long way to drive to get home, but somehow I could not get off that rock. I had gone antiquing. Instead of antique objects, I had found this new book about a very very old religion in a friendly little shop by the river. I am a Jain by birth, by some life rules set by my parents, by stories told to us by Grandma and by morals particularly of Social Ahimsa imbibed from facts about Gandhiji. I also have a lot of didactic learning about facts, history and rules of Jainism, in books from Indian Jain authors and some non Jain Europeans. These books had filled my head, but never managed to touch my heart.

It is Mr.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Prashant M. Shah on June 11, 2003
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This is the best book on Jainism. Michael Tobias has described non-violance(ahimsa) in great details. Everyone knows Gandhi but many don't know driving force behind Gandhi's Ahimsa. Gandhi's spiritual leader, Shrimad Rajchandra(or Raichandbhai in Gandhi's autobiography)was Jain.
He has also tried to depict differences between Jainism and Baudhdhism, where applicable. By birth, I'm Jain(and trying to be Jain by act)and I appreciate many historical perspective on Jainism.
Also, as mentioned in the book, Jainism is scientific religion - covering Physics, Math and other subjects. This is great book not only for spiritual reading but also for environmental understanding.
I got this book from the library. I'm going to buy few copies and going to give them to my spiritual friends.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By D. Lynn Castillo on March 17, 2009
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I've studied most religions over the years but could never embrace any of them because, after becoming a Vegan 3 years ago, didn't find them very loving towards all Sentient Beings or gave me the feeling that they knew worshiping leads to a form of slavery until i came back to Jainism. I ended up here again because of a stressful relationship i'm in now with someone who is my Polar, my Ying/Yang. And i don't have contact with my now very religious Xtian family anymore because i don't follow their Lord, their superstitions. My family today are mostly non-human beings, animals, plants, etc.. and a few good friends. This book fed my soul, for the author explained to me exactly what i've been looking for since i began my soul searching expedition years ago. I so thank you Michael Tobias for writing this very lovely, easy to read book!! I'm a Techno-Hippie that's now practicing Jainism, one who has always care about our Ecology and also loves Technology!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "sr_shah" on November 5, 2001
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I havent finished reading this book yet. but from what I have read so far, it is a great book. I am a Jain and knew that Jainism is one of very few religions based on science and ecology but didnt really knew how. This book provides that information.
A very good reading on the subject from someone who is not a Jain.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bill Schaeffer on November 13, 2012
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A beautifully written book that reads as much like poetry as it does like history, or philosophy. The author Michael Tobias has a phenomenal command of the written word and has crafted a text where almost every sentence is a subtle work of art. Perhaps it is fitting that a gentle and idealistic philosophy such as Jainism would merit such an memorable exposition.

This is my second time reading the book and I highly recomend it to anyone who has an interest in the history of religions, or the philosophies of life. I am constantly moved by his beautiful descriptions of the basic nature of Jainism and the manner in which he reveals these ideas.

The author presents a scholarly and heart moving portrayal of the human condition of life on Earth. He has numerous anecdotes and references that make this description all the more deep and relevant. It is interesting to note that despite the great antiquity of the roots of the religion and the wide influence of its morality, I had never even heard of it, except in footnotes to other subjects.

Jainism itself seems to be a rare jewel of a philosophy that mertis much thought and consideration. Honest, compassionate, and idealistic to the greatest degree, Jainism is at the same time the most practical and down to earth code of behavior imaginable. Serving as an inspiration to both the Buddha and Gandhi, it seems amazing that the fundamental ideas do not get greater dissemination in our modern intellectual discussions.

I highly recommend buying and reading this book and then telling your friends about it. Reading the text is like a breath of fresh air that revitalizes the intellect and cleanses the spirit.
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