The Jaina Path of Purification

Published: 27.04.2015

The religious tradition of the Jainas, unique in many respects, presents a fascinating array of doctrinal and social structures that stem from the anti-vedic movements of ancient times. Drawing extensively on primary sources, Professor Jaini provides a comprehensive introduction to the Jaina experience. Beginning with the Life of Mahavira the author elucidates the essentials of Jaina cosmology and philosophy as well as of the "path of purification" through which the soul may escape from its Karmic defilements and attain eternal salvation. This path constitutes the integral element within the broader frame-work of Jaina literature, lay ritual and the socio-historical factors, which enabled Jainism to survive and prosper to the present day. In particular, the author has examined the cardinal doctrine of ahimsa (non-harming), both in its impact upon Jaina religious consciousness and as a standard in applying its sacred principles to the conduct of every day life.

A review:

For those of you, especially the "Jains" who have been asked to follow the religion blindly or rebel against it, this book provides a good insight into the religion. From personal experience, I can say that after reading the book I have started respecting the religion and its practices.
The most appealing part of the book is that you can look at the religion from a third person perspective without any bias. The author has done a thorough job of studying the religion and not advocating it. As an engineer with a scientific mind, this book is exactly the kind of insight I was hoping for into the religion. Thank you Dr. Jaini!


Padmanabh S. Jaini

Paperback: 374 pages
1st Edition: 1979

Motilal Banarsidass (November 4, 2014)

Language: English
ISBN-10: 8120815785
ISBN-13: 978-8120815780
Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds 


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