Glossary

Aṇu-vrata
Type of termDefinition
TermAṇu-vrata
Alternative TermsFive Lesser Vows, Five Minor Vows, lesser vow, lesser vows, minor vow, minor vows, lay vows, lay vow
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The 'Five Lesser Vows' that householder Jains take. These are not as strict as the 'Five Greater Vows' that ascetics observe but are more practical in daily life. Few Jains take these non-compulsory vows these days. The vows are to:

  • do no harm
  • always tell the truth
  • take only what is given
  • be sexually restrained
  • not be attached to material things, which includes emotions and states of mind.
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