Bhagawan Mahavira International Research Centre (BMIRC) was established on 2nd October 2014. It is an endeavour to facilitate scholars to undertake research projects and carry out innovative studies in social sciences with an aim of establishing the theoretical truths of the Jain doctrines and developing them further to present before the humanity at large the practical applications of these concepts and benefits of various spiritual practices.
These are not only relevant in the modern age but also have the potential of making substantial contribution in resolving the burning global problems such as:
- Violence, threatening peace and harmony in life at all levels—inter-personal, inter-communal and inter-national. It has resulted in unprecedented bloodshed and loss of life around the world. Meticulous practice of Non-violence, which is the cornerstone of Jainism, offers a panacea to many global maladies.
- The current affluent lifestyle with a goal to amass wealth and consumerism, have resulted in disastrous damage to the ecosystem and is not sustainable. Global Economics based on the Jain ethical principle of Aparigraha and Iccha-parimana (non-acquisitiveness and limited desires) can provide a sustainable development model.
- Destructive human emotions and intolerant behaviour have torn the moral and social fibre of humankind, and have led to many serious problems such as mental disorders and conflict at personal, family and social levels. The spiritual practices of meditation, contemplation, auto-suggestion, colour-visualization and the like prescribed in the ancient Jain canonical texts require a thorough scientific research to prove their efficacy in bringing about the transformation of human consciousness in terms of neuroscientific phenomena and thus can provide solution to these problems.
Besides these issues, there are a number of daily life problems which can be resolved through effective Jain practices such as:
- Tolerance and Forgiveness
- Dietary control and self-discipline
- Application of Anekant & Relativistic perspective, i.e., appreciation of all possible view points of any issue to resolve any conflict
- Peaceful co-existence and Religious Harmony
- Austerities and Penances
- Compassion and Friendliness
- Brahmacharya—Self-discipline to curb the sensual desires
- Value-education—Inculcation of spiritual, moral and human values from the very childhood or even in pre-natal state.