Champat Rai Jain

Champat Rai Jain
Born (1867-08-06)6 August 1867
Died 2 June 1942(1942-06-02) (aged 74)
Pen name C.R. Jain
Occupation Barrister
Language English, Hindi, Urdu
Subject Jainism, Comparative religion
Notable works "The Key of Knowledge", "The Practical Dharma", "Jainism Christianity and Science"
Notable awards Jain Darshan Diwakar

Champat Rai Jain (1867-1942) was an influential Jain writer and comparative religion scholar of the 20th century. He visited various European countries to give lectures on Jainism and comparative religion. He was conferred with the title Vidhya-Varidhi (lit. Ocean of Wisdom) by Bharata Dharma Mahamandal (The India-Religious Association).


Champat Rai Jain was born on 6 August 1867 in Delhi, India.[1] He was married at the age of 13.[1] In 1892, he went to England to study law.[2] He was the founder of the Jaina mission in London.[3] He died on 2nd June, 1942. He was an able barrister-at-law, effective orator, influential writer, great reformist and philosopher.[4][5][6][3]



Champat Rai Jain wrote in three main languages of his time: English, Hindi, Urdu.[11]


Essays and Addresses



Key of Knowledge

Book cover of "The Key of Knowledge"

"Key of Knowledge", a book authored by Champat Rai Jain, was published in 1915. It was widely acclaimed among the scholars.[15]

The Pioneer (on March 12, 1916) wrote: "Mr. Rai's book is singularly lucid and readable and not a word in it could give umbrage to the most sensitive votaries of the creeds discussed."

"The author's learning and breadth of outlook entitle him to patient hearing......"- The East and West—March (1916)

Vijay K. Jain, a modern Jainism scholar in the Preface of his book From IIM-Ahmedabad To Happines wrote:[5]

Many illuminated works and teachings of great thinkers and sages of the past have repeatedly told us that we need to be able to distinguish between valuable gems and valueless stones, both of which are scattered along our way. One such valuable gem that I could lay my hands on, about a decade ago, was that amazingly comprehensive yet precise treatise The Key of Knowledge, by Champat Rai Jain. The book, first published in 1915, true to its title, has timeless pearls of wisdom in each of its 900-plus pages; one has only to have patience, and develop appreciation and understanding to pick them up. No other work that I know of treats of the great issues that confront humanity with the same simplicity, charm, ease, authority and freedom. As could be expected from a Barrister-at-Law of that era, he was a brilliant grammarian and logician; but more than that, he was a great philosopher.

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  1. 1 2 Kumar 1996, p. 98.
  2. Kumar 1996, p. 205.
  3. 1 2 3 Jaini 2000, p. 33.
  4. Indian Book Industry. 1976. p. 8.
  5. 1 2 Jain, Vijay K (2006). From IIM-Ahmedabad to Happiness. p. xi. ISBN 9788190363907.
  6. Farhadian, Charles E. (2015). Introducing World Religions: A Christian Engagement. Baker Academic. ISBN 9781441246509. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  7. Jain 1928, p. 27.
  8. Jain 1928, p. 35.
  9. Jain 1928, p. 46.
  10. Bregman 2010, p. 203.
  11. Pruthi 2004, p. 123.
  12. Jain, Champat Rai (1919). The Key Of Knowledge. Internet Archive (Second ed.). Allahabad: The Central Jaina Publishing House. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  13. Jain, Champat Rai (1917). "The Ratna Karanda Sravakachara". Internet Archive. The Central Jaina Publishing House.
  14. Jain, Champat Rai (1929), The Practical Dharma, Allahabad: The Indian Press Ltd., archived from the original on 2015
  15. 1 2 Jain 1921.
    • Jain, Champat Rai (1926), The Jaina Law, Devendra printing & publishing Company, Limited
  16. Jain, Champat Rai (1916). "Nyaya- The Science Of Thought". Internet Archive. The Central Jaina Publishing House. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  17. "The Lifting Of The Vell or The Gems Of Islam". Internet Archive. Archived from the original on 2015.
  18. Champat Rai Jain (1935). Risabha Deva - The Founder of Jainism. Internet Archive. The Jain Mitra Mandal.


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