JDP (Jain Dharma Pravesh) is a movement conceived and aimed at the younger generation of Sthanakwaasi Jains who are born in Jain families but are unaware of Jainism for various reasons. It is observed that the youngsters are avoiding or shying away from our Jain religion mainly due to the fear of being compelled to engage in some or the other religious rituals or activities to which the are unknown or unware of like doing samayik or attending/listening to vyakhyaan etc.
Although these form an integral part of our Jainism, a gradual and well informed approach to these youngsters by first introducing them to the basic principles of Jainism is essential. Once this is achieved, other things would follow easily.
Hence we have started this movement of Jain Dharma Pravesh, wherein it is our endeavor to approach the young generation in a friendly and acceptable manner and provide them with an understanding of the basic principles and philosophy of Jainism. We DO NOT ask them to do any rituals of Jainism but only want them to join us and attend the gatherings where we impart basic understanding and knowledge about what Jainism is and how it can be embedded into our lives with minimal changes in our lifestyle.
We are quite sure that once our youngsters understand these all these concepts and principles as well as the underlying logic and reasoning behind it, it will be rather easier for themselves to engage in any rituals of Jainism and that too in its purest and authentic form.
We therefore appeal to the young generation of sthanakwaasi Jains who have been away from Jainism for some reasons or the other, enroll themselves in JDP and see & experience how JDP changes our life and outlook towards life and Jainism.
"Mahaveer proclaimed in India that religion is a reality and not a mere social convention. It is really true that salvation can not be had by merely observing external ceremonies. Religion cannot make any difference between man and man."
-Dr. Rabindranath Tagore
"There is nothing wonderful in my saying that Jainism was in existence long before the Vedas were composed."
-Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, Vice President, India
- "I say with conviction that the doctrine for which the name of Lord Mahaveer is glorified nowadays is the doctrine of Ahimsa. If anyone has practiced to the fullest extent and has propagated most the doctrine of Ahimsa, it was Lord Mahaveer." -Mahatma Gandhi
"Jainism has contributed to the world the sublime doctrine of Ahimsa. No other religion has emphasized the importance of Ahimsa and carried its practice to the extent that Jainism has done. Jainism deserves to become the universal religion because of its Ahimsa doctrine."
-Justice Ranglekar, Bombay High Court
- "We learn from scriptures (Sashtras) and commentaries that Jainism is existing from beginning less time. This fact is indisputable and free from difference of opinion. There is much historical evidence on this point." -Bala Gangadhar Tilak Lokamanya