He was awarded Doctor of Laws (LLD) by Kuvempu University, Shimoga, Karnataka, on March 27th 2004, for his lifetime contribution in legal and academic fields. Presently he is a Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha).
Released in India (Bombay), England (London) and America (New York) by Shri R. Venkataraman, former President of India, Chairman of the Kanchi Mahaswami Centenary Committee, and a great guide and patron of the Bhavan, the volume has already gone into two editions and a third edition is on the anvil.
We now prayfully offer "Dharma: The Global Ethic" by Justice Rama Jois as a possible companion volume to the Mahaswami's "Hindu Dharma: The Universal Way of Life."
Justice Sri M. Rama Jois, a former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana, has had not only a distinguished judicial career but has a well-deserved reputation as a writer on the ancient and modern legal, judicial and constitutional systems. His stupendous two-volume "Legal and Constitutional History of India" is locus classicus on the subject. Justice Jois has also other legal writings to his credit.
This is a scholarly monograph on the concept of Dharma, the basic note-aadhaarashruti - of our religion. The concepts of Dharma, Karma and Brahma constitute the tripod of Sanatana Dharma which is anaadi (beginingless), ananta (endless ) and therefore sanaatana (eternal,everlasting).
"All Dharmas are merged in Rajdharma ", Says the Mahabharatha. Yatha Raja Tatha Praja - "just as the ruler so are the people." The code of conduct prescribed by Manu for rulers and elaborated in this work deserves to be studied and practised by every elected representative of the people at all levels and, more so, by those in power.
Dharma views the whole world as One Family-Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam- living in peace and harmony. Global awareness of Dharma alone can bring global peace and harmony. Dharmorakshati rakshitah- `Dharma protects one who protects Dharma.' Dharma helps to intergrate different values in one's life; only well intentioned individuals can promote national integration and actualise the ideal of One World envisioned by the saints and sages of India from time immemorial.
We hope and pray that the Satpurushas the world over will welcome this ripe fruit of the Satkriya of a Satpurusha-Justice Rama Jois.
This book is intended to remind us about the Ancient Indian Wisdom in the form of "DHARMA" formulated and evolved as the panacea for all human problems, and acknowledged as such by great modern thinkers of the West. The Global Ethic recently formulated by the Parliament of World Religions held at Chicago during August-September 1993, after relating the woes of the World, is similar to Dharma. Before the night falls, before it is too late, humanity should realise what is happening and retrace its steps and proceed in the right direction. Let us begin a new chapter from at least the 21st Century for a happy and harmonious living.
1st & 2nd edition of this book was published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan. This special edition 2010 is being published on the eve of world Samskrit Book fair by `Vijnaneshwara Research and Training Centre in Polity Martur, Gulbarga'.
I express my sincere thanks to Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, & Sri H.R. Ananth of Bangalore Press, the printer of this book.
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