A soul that cannot attain the proper insight necessary for salvation – and therefore salvation itself – because it does not have the quality of bhavyatva.
Fourth Jina of the present age. His symbolic colour is gold and his emblem the monkey. There is no historical evidence of his existence.
Anointing ceremony for a king, a Jina, a Jina image or any other holy image, with water or milk. Part of daily or special worship.
First book of the Śvetāmbara canon.
Preceptor, teacher. A title given to a Jain religious teacher, usually one who is a head monk.
Originally from a brahmin family, Achalbhrata was a disciple of Mahāvīra and member of his ganadhara.
The Hindi phrase for 'Two and A Half Continents' describes the only part of the universe where human beings live in the Middle World of Jain cosmology. It is made up of the central continent, Jambū-dvīpa, the second continent, Dhātakīkhaṇḍa, and Lavaṇa-samudra, the circular ocean that separates them. Kālodadhi is the ring of ocean around Dhātakīkhaṇḍa, dividing it from the 'half' continent, which is the inner part of the Puṣkara continent.
Rest – one of the five non-material substances that is non-sentient in Jain belief. These five substances make up the universe along with the sentient substance, called jīvastikaya.
The infernal region of the universe. This is the lowest of the three worlds in Jain cosmology and is the home of hellish beings.
Lecture, lesson, chapter. This term is mainly used for scriptures.
The oldest school of Hindu philosophy found today. Usually translated as 'non-dualism', Advaita Vedānta emphasises the scriptures of the Upaniṣads as ways of understanding the relationship between Ātman – the pure self or soul – and Brāhman – pure, unchanging reality. To followers, these are identical but ignorance and errors of judgement cause deluded souls to believe in the world of physical and mental forms they experience, which is māyā. Knowledge frees the soul of these errors and allows liberation from the cycle of rebirth.
Authoritative scriptures. The holy texts that are considered authoritative depend on the group and the period.
Non-destructive karmans. These karmans are attached to the soul but determine key aspects of the body and are either auspicious or neutral in their effect. There are four:
A disciple of Mahāvīra, the 24th Jina, and a member of his ganadhara, he came from a brahmin family.
City in modern-day Uttar Pradesh. One of the capitals of the Mughal Empire, Agra contains many fine examples of Mughal architecture, including the Red Fort and the Taj Mahal.
Type of nourishment or intake of karmic molecules that is absorbed for the formation of different types of bodies.
Also one of the 14 'gateways' or categories of investigation of mārgaṇā or 'soul-quest'.
The principle of non-violence that is one of the five chief vows of Jainism.
Beginning in 2007, the United Nations declared that the International Day of Non-Violence would take place on 2nd October. This annual event highlights the the principle of non-violence and the worldwide desire for peace, and is held on the birthday of Mohandas Gandhi. It is often known as Ahimsa Day because the Jain concept of ahiṃsā influenced Gandhi's non-violent approach to gaining Indian independence. Since 2002 Jains in the UK have marked Ahimsa Day.