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.
"What would be the condition of the Indian Sanskrit literature if the contribution of the Jains were removed?The more I study Jain literature the more happy and wonder struck I am."
"The Jains have written great masterpieces only for the benefit of the world."
-Dr. Hertel, Germany
"Lofty ideas and high ascetic practices are found in Jainism. It is impossible to know the beginning of Jainism."
-Major General Forlong
"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
"There is nothing wonderful in my saying that Jainism was in existence long before the Vedas were composed."
-Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, Vice President, India
"Jainism is of a very high order.Its important teachings are based upon science.The more the scientific knowledge advances the more that Jain teachings will be proven."
-L. P. Tessetori, Italy