About the Book Kasaya-pahuda is the first pro-canonical Digambara text of early stages of Prakrta having its origin from the chapter (prabhrta) named Preya-dvesa of tenth section of the fifth pre-canon known as Jana-pravdda (Discourse on Knowledge).
It is a text on Karma theory, specially related with one of the most powerful Karma & Deluding Karma (Mohaniya Karma), though names of other Kaunas are mentioned as and where necessary. The text prominently deals with deluding Karma and four major classes of passion and their 16 sub-classes along with their synonyms, four-foldness, four-fold bondage, transition, maturation and pre-maturation and means of subsidence and destruction. These passions attract karmic particles polluting the mundane soul.
The karmic pollution leads to four-fold karmic bondage through many processes. The object of life is to debond one-self from Karmas where processes of (i) transition, (ii) attenuation, (iii) augmentation, (iv) inte-nsity, reduction or karmic leaning, (v) subsi-dence and (vi) destruction do occur. The processes of horse-ear-like destruction and that destruction approaching towards omnisciental emanation are also involved here.
Born in Chhatarpur district of M.P. (India) and educated at Kodarma and Varanasi upto Shastri and Acharya in Jainism and M.Sc. in Chemistry, Dr. N.L. Jain did his Ph.D. in U.K. and post-doctoral training in U.S.A. He served as Lecturer and Professor in M.P. State Service retiring in 1988. He has since been project investigator, U.G.C. and National Science Academy, Delhi based at Rewa, M.P.
'Religion and Science' has been his most interesting subjects. He has presented large number of papers in national and international seminars with about four scores of published papers and books. He hold 'Lal' and 'Children Literature' awards for his literary activities. He attended Assembly of World Religions (1989), Parliament of World Religions (1993), International History of Science Congress in Germany & Spain and International Anti-vivi-section Conference in London. He has lectured in Jaina Centres of U.S.A. and U.K. Currently, he is involved in translating some Jaina pro-canons in English like Sarvartha-siddhi, Tattvartha -rajavartika, etc. Besides, he is actively associated with Theosophical Society and Jaina Kendra, Rewa (M.P.)
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