Principles

Notions of time and the universe, the concept of soul, the workings of karma and the cycle of rebirth are tied together in Jain tradition. Progressing spiritually means understanding these ideas and how to live them. Practised differently by various sects, Jain beliefs are found in scriptures and symbols, with fine examples highlighted in JAINpedia manuscripts.

  • Karma-prakr̥ti

    Known by two titles in the tradition, this rare text is a highlight of JAINpedia

  • Devarddhi-gaṇi

    In the tradition he finalised the Śvetāmbara scriptures at Valabhī

  • Aṇuvrat Movement

    All faiths and backgrounds join this non-religious ethical movement

  • Scales of Perfection

    The guṇa-sthāna and the pratimā map the route to liberation in clear stages

  • Digambara

    This sect's name means 'sky-clad', from the nudity of their monks

  • Liberation

    Jainism aims to help the soul regain perfection and be liberated

  • Tattvārtha-sūtra

    All Jains accept this text as the only scripture containing the essential truths

  • Jain Mahābhāratas

    This epic poem includes key figures in Jain Universal History

  • Eight auspicious symbols

    The aṣṭa-mangala are found in art, temples, worship and everyday life

  • Pūrvas

    Written by Mahāvīra’s disciples, these scriptures have been lost for centuries

  • Jainism and scientific thought

    Traditional Jain principles are valuable in modern science

  • Śvetāmbara Stānaka-vāsīn

    This sect rejects the worship of images as a religious practice

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