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Chapter 07 – Going To The Temple – Shvetämbar Tradition

Chapter 07 – Going To The Temple – Shvetämbar Tradition

Chapter 07 – Going To The Temple – Shvetämbar Tradition One can pray at anytime, anywhere.   But a special sacred place,  set-aside just for prayer, is the temple.   Because it is a  sacred place, there are special rules one should follow while in the temple.   First of all, before you…

Chapter 06 – Guru Gautam-Swämi

Chapter 06 – Guru Gautam-Swämi

Chapter 06 – Guru Gautam-Swämi In 607 B.C., in the village of Gobar of India, a Brahmin couple called Vasubhuti and Prithvi Gautam (family name) had a son named Indrabhuti.   He was tall and handsome.   He had two younger brothers named Agnibhuti and Väyubhuti.  All three were well versed in…

Chapter 05 – Jain Laity or Householders (Shrävakas and Shrävikäs)

Chapter 05 – Jain Laity or Householders (Shrävakas and Shrävikäs) Monks and nuns are very keen about the uplift of their souls and hence they sacrifice all worldly enjoyments and family relationships, and adopt the five great vows (Mahä-vratas). For those who want to remain in family life, the complete…

Chapter 03 – Lord Mahävir and His Teachings

Chapter 03 – Lord Mahävir and His Teachings

Chapter 03 – Lord Mahävir and His Teachings Lord Mahävir is the twenty-fourth and last Tirthankar of the religion of this era.  According to Jain philosophy, all Tirthankars were human beings but they attained a state of perfect enlightenment through meditation and self-realization.  They are faultless human model. They are…

Chapter 02 – Tirthankars (Jain Philosophy)

Chapter 02 – Tirthankars (Jain Philosophy)

Chapter 02 – Tirthankars Time rolls along in eternal cycles of rise and decline.   Utsarpini  is a “rising” era in, which human morale and natural conditions improve over time.   At the end of Utsarpini, begins Avasarpini, a “declining” era of the same length, in, which human morale and virtues deteriorate.…

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