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.
- "I adore so greatly the principles of the Jain religion, that I would like to be reborn in a Jain community." -George Bernard Shaw
"The eternal mystery of the world is its intelligibility. True religion fastens to this element of intelligibility and creates a system of thought and action which leads to true harmony and bliss. And it is indeed so with Jainism."
"In conclusion let me assert my conviction that Jainism is an original system, quite distinct and independent from all others; and that therefore it is of great importance for the study of philosophical thoughts and religious life in ancient India."
-Dr. Herman Jacobi
"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
"The Jain Sadhu leads a life which is praised by all. He practices the vratas and rites strictly and shows to the world the way one has to go in order to realize the atma (soul). Even the life of a Jain householder is so faultless that India should be proud of him."
-Dr. Satischandra Vidhya Bhushan
"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