Virachand Raghavji Gandhi (25th August 1864 – 7th August 1901) was a Jain scholar who represented Jainism at the first World Parliament of Religions in 1893. A barrister by profession, he worked to defend the rights of Jainas. He wrote and lectured extensively on Jainism, other religions, and philosophy on the global platforms.
Late Dr L. M. Singhvi (9th November 1931 – 6th October 2007), M.P., Eminent Jurist, great Philosopher and Ex-High Commissioner to the UK was the First President of WJC. He was a Founder Member and the Trustee of WJC.
Dr Singhvi wrote several books in both English and Hindi including A Tale of three cities, Jain Temples and Bharat aur Hamara Samay (India and our times). As a writer, he had a substantial output, and his numerous books are written in a style that can best be termed simple. They are a mix of general information on specific topics (Jain temples) and of his views on various issues in books with a very general scope (India and our times). Singhvi had a lifelong interest in Jain history and culture, and was quite knowledgeable on the subject, especially with regard to the art and architecture of Jain temples. He also served as president of the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi.
Bhaktamar Stotra in Sanskrit language was written by Acharya Mantungasuri in 7th Century in praise of 23rd Teerthankar Parshwanath. This prayer is popularly known in Jainism.
WJC is engaged in following activities:
Mostly many Universities is teaching Jainisim and engaged in Research Work. Few are mentioned here: Banaras Hindu University, Sampoornanand Sanskrit University, Jain Vishwa Bharati University (Ladnun), Gujarat Vidyapeeth (Ahmedabad), Gujarat University (Ahmedabad), Punjabi University (Patiala), Rohtak University (Rohtak), Madras University (Chennai), Mumbai University (Mumbai, Somnath Sanskrit University (Somnath) etc, Mangalayatan Jain School (Bihar), Research Foundation For Jainology, Chennai,
Loyola Marymount University, Claremont Lincoln University, University of California,
Germany, America, England, France, Japan,
In Jainism, aparigraha (Sanskrit: अपरिग्रह) is the virtue of non-possessiveness, non-grasping or non-greediness. Aparigrah is the opposite of parigrah, and refers to keeping the desire for possessions to what is necessary or important, depending on one's life stage and context. The precept of aparigraha is a self-restraint (temperance) from the type of greed and avarice where one's own material gain or happiness comes by hurting, killing or destroying other human beings, life forms or nature.
Shri Mahavir Jain Aradhana Kendra (Koba, Gandhinagar), L. D. Institute of Indology (Ahmedabad), Saraswati Bhawan (Varanasi), B. L. Institute of Indology (Delhi), M. S. University of Baroda, Oriental Research Institute, Pune, National Museum (New Delhi), Asiatic Society (Kolkata), Asiatic Society (Mumbai).