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Published: 05.05.2011
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Sutra Kritang, Sutrakritanga Sutra, Sūtrakṛtaṅga

The Sūtrakṛtāṅga is the 2nd Aṅga ("limb") of the Jaina Canon (Āgama).

According to the Svetambara tradition it was written by Gandhara Sudharmasvami in Ardhamagadhi Prakrit. It is written using techniques including narration and questions and answers, and the chapters start with Sudharmasvami explaining the various doctrines to his chief disciple Jambusvami and answering his questions.

This agama describes nonviolence, Jain metaphysics, and the refutation of other religious theories such as Kriyavada, Akriyavada, Ajnanavada, and Vinayavada. Sanskrit commentary ihas been done by Silanka lived in the second half of the ninth century A.D. The agama is divided into two parts consisting of 16 lectures and 7 lectures respectively. Following are the diverse topics covered:

  • Jain doctrine - Causes of bondage, description of hells, destruction of karmas etc.
  • Conduct of Monks - Injunctions and prohibitions, difficulties faced, avoiding temptation of women etc.
  • Heretical Doctrines and Errors - Materialists, Buddhists, Vedics, Fatalists and other wrong beliefs.
English translations
  • Sutrakritanga, The Jaina Sutras, Hermann Jacobi (1894)



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