RLGA01H3 Chapter Notes -Digambara, Dravya, Nonviolence

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Jainism teaches restraint: happiness lies in detaching oneself from the world. Jina: victors" or conquerors"; the 24 ascetic-prophets: most recent = mahavira. Jainism expresses itself through the respect and emulation of the. Jinas; these ppl also known as tirthankaras, builders of bridges across the ocean of birth and death, or samsara: the jina conquers the world by turning his back on it. Jainism expressed as:"ahimsa paramo dharma": nonviolence is the supreme path": nonviolence refers to the total renunciation of worldly activities. All life forms possess jiva, an eternal soul: harm to even the tiniest life forms earns karma, even unintentional harm earns some bad karma. Correct intuition" into the workings of the world; this is the starting pt of jainism: liberation can only be attained as a human. One path to liberation: the path of self-discipline and non-harm: yet, many different interpretations and practices. 2 jaina sects: digambara naked or sky-clad", svetambara (white-clad)

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