Posted: 07.08.2012
 
Bhavnas in Jainism described about the nature of soul. It tells that the ultimate aim of life is to attain Nirvana or Moksha. Bhavnas in Jainism relates to the true nature of life. It describes about the soul that remains detached from all worldly attachments and even from the body. Thus, all humans need to follow the path of truth to attain Moksha or Nirvana. Jain religion puts a significant stress on the...
Posted: 01.08.2012
 
Mahavira was probably a senior contemporary of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. The Buddhist texts mention Mahavira as an enlightened being. However some scholars believe that probably they belonged to different periods and had no contact with each other. According to one version, Mahavira spent some time in the company of Gosala, the founder of Ajivika sect and the Buddha, the founder of Buddhism,...
Posted: 30.07.2012
 
The life and teachings of Bhagwan Mahavira is a glorious chapter of infinite compassion as the he promoted universal welfare. He was the benefactor, unequaled guide to mankind for leading right path of life and to establish universal peace and solidarity. There are twenty four Tirthankaras, also known as Jinas, meaning Self Conquerors in Jainism. Among them the first Bhagwan Rishabha is universally regarded as...
Posted: 27.07.2012
 
Monks of the Digambara sect In the Digambara asceticism the monks are known as Muni or Muni Maharaj. They are organized in two different sanghas or groups which are known after the master of the group or Acharya. The one who wants to renounce the world on religious grounds, begins to qualify successively for the 11 basic vows. He starts to control his behavior, to abstain from violence, to practice truth, to...
Posted: 26.07.2012
By Manish Modi
|| ॐ श्री पार्श्वनाथाय नमः || Aum Shri Parshvanathaya Namah Summarized Life of Jina Parshvanatha Based on Acarya Gunabhadra’s Uttarapurana Lord Parshvanatha is the 23rd Tirthankara in the Jain tradition. He was born to King Vishvasena and Queen Vasundhara, the rulers of Varanasi. He was born on the 11th day of Pausha. His birth was celebrated with great joy and pomp by...
Posted: 26.07.2012
 
Monks and Nuns of the Shvetambara sect The Shvetambara sect is divided into a number of sub-divisions, called gaccha , which is a community of monks. The various communities are known after their Acharya, the master. Such an order of monks and nuns is called sangha and is again divided into various parivars , i.e. families. The head of each such family is a senior monk or nun. It is advised that the monks and...
Posted: 25.07.2012
By Dr. H.A. Parshwanath
There are seen five phases in the Jaina ascetism. These include Brahmacharya, Kshullakha, Ailaka, Digambara and Aryika. These ascetics were traveling continuously from one place to another. Hence they did not require mutt, the residential place to stay permanently in a single place. In the later days a sect of ascetics called Bhattaraka (or Bhattarakha) Swami evolved to take cognizance of Shravakas to lead them...
Posted: 12.07.2012
 
Jainism evolved in the eastern part of India around 550 BCE. More or less at the same time, maybe a little bit later, Buddhism, with almost similar thoughts, was developing in the same part of India. The founder of Jainism, Lord Mahavira was a contemporary of Lord Buddha, the founder of Buddhism and even the Buddhist texts called Lord Mahavira 'an enlightened being'. In the sixth century BCE and the preceding...
Posted: 11.07.2012
 
Jainism and other Indian religious traditions The four ancient Indian religious traditions of Jainism, Ajivikism, Buddhism and Hinduism developed in South Asia over a period of more than a thousand years. Whilst Hinduism and Jainism continued to flourish, Ajivikism died out and Buddhism disappeared from most parts of India in the medieval period. However, despite its decline in India, Buddhism spread throughout...
Posted: 10.07.2012
 
Religious festivals play an important part in the Jain community. They provide a focus for communal celebration and an opportunity to show devotion and gain merit. Participation in these festivals is optional, not obligatory. The principal festivals in the Jain calendar are: Mahamastakabhisheka festival (held every 12 years) The Mahamastakabhisheka festival is held every twelve years to honour Lord Bahubali...

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