Three principle categories of existence:
=Things that possess a soul (jiva)and sentience
=Things that do not possess a soul
=Thing that have neither a soul nor a material form (space, rest, time..)
Jains teach a dualistic worldview:
= view the soul’s freedom from the effects of karma and attachment to material things as the
ultimate state of perfection
There is no heaven, no union with Absolute Reality, just freedom from matter.
=Jain practive devotion to the Tirthankaras, other Jinas deities, and teachers.
=look similar to Hindu rituals but are different.
----Do not expect a blessing. Puja is an act of renunciation.
----Jain images are simply icons to focus meditation.
-the Jain Sangha(community) is comprised of 4 components
Pull out the hair, or shave the hair.
Becoming a renouncer requires initiation:
=pulling out one’s hair
=Adopting a robe--Shvetmbara or abandoning clothes--digambara
=Receiving a fly-whisk to brush away insects. A new name
Renounces also commit themselves to the five great vows(mahavrats)
1.Ahimsa: follow the path of non violence and non injury for all living beings
2.satya: to always speak the