To capture the imagination of the Western mind set - we will have a blond, blue-eyed American host visiting Palitana who discovers for himself/herself: "Who Are Jains, What is Jain Dharma and Why Ahimsa, Anekant and Aparagraph are the three major principles and the essence of Jain scientific philosophy - factors that are so important for the world today ...
After filmimg beautiful sunrise film footage ... the American host visitor stands spell-bound on the hill below Palitana trying to explain: "All sacred religious sites in the world - churches, mosques, gurdwaras and temples celebrate a theme, a form, a story, a legend, an episode of life through the beauty of design, forms, sculptures and archecture. The grace of Jain temples is so unique that it is compellingly complex ... Aesthetically speaking, Jain temples are perfection in designs and archectures ... They are a part of world heritage."... Few sacred places can match the grace, the setting, the rapture of elegance, of Jain sculptures ... offering a personal experience, at once inspiring and uplifting in search of the Divine ...
Every pilgrimage is the sense of the sacred. Every pilgrimage brings that which is sublime and noble in human nature.
This Jain pilgrimage is like no other ... It is rooted in a wise understanding and the affirmation of nature. And that is why it is an invitation to transcend ..
They reflect the sense of exquisite beauty ... Of cultural refinement. Palitana is a majestic saga of "that which is truly poetic" in glorifying aesthetic style --
2. RELIGION OF THE FUTURE: Jainism is one of the least understood and propagated religion/philosophy because belongs to TODAY. Yes, it would lie on top of the Maslow's pyramid amongst other religions/systems and it also means that it is highly individualistic. "you are your only savior" is the underline ... There is no external sang, guru or miracle would save you ... Now this is a teaching for tomorrow, as the world is heading for highly INDIVIDUALISTIC society.
3. THINKING IS BEING: You become what you think repeatedly. Jains' mantra NAMO SIDDHANAM ... salutes all the human and beings with a soul who have attained siddhi. It simply means that by repeatedly thinking of great souls, you become like them. This is also reflected in Chaandogya Upanishad. I would name it as World's simplest principle of achieving greatness.
4. SIMPLICITY & SUSTAINABILITY: Jain values of vegetarianism, simple living, non-violence have a deep 'Systems thinking' towards universe. The great SUSTAINABILITY debate that western countries have started, is built to the very foundation in Jainism. There is a need to reinterpret this live-and-let live-thinking from Jainism and modernism perspective.
5. SECRET of WEALTH: Why are Jains successful businessmen around the world ? This alone is a message for the World. How do they get the intellect and drive to be on top of the most fields they have chosen as careers ? It does connect to fundamental value systems which by now would have brought about genetic changes.
Hope these realities will help in further understanding Jain Dharma.
From the moment I started this film project, I was told you are working on a great project.
There is a need to bring Jainism in modern perspective and rationale of the 21st millennium - which has been missing from the ritualistic and ancient articulation the gurus have been preaching. Let me know what help would you need from me, I would be happy to associate on this project.