Anekant: Reflections And Clarifications: What Is Syādvāda ?

Published: 21.12.2009

Anekānta took birth on the basis of inter-dependence of substantial and modal view-points. Syādvāda expresses that very inter­dependence. Anekānta has two aspects: permanent and temporary, existence and non-existence, general and particular, one and many, expressible and inexpressible. What unites these aspects is proved through syādvāda. Gautama is reported to ask; Is the ratnaprabhā earth permanent or temporary? Mahavira answered; it is partly permanent and partly temporary, syādvāda accepts both the thesis and the antithesis. How could the contradictory attributes of permanence and transitoriness co-exist together? The question is answered by Mahāvīra; Ratnaprabhā earth is permanent from substantial point of view, temporary from modal point of view. Naya, anekānta and syādvāda—all these three are useful in the field of metaphysics.


Jain Vishva Bharati Institute (Deemed University)
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  1. Anekānta
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