JAINISM – THE CREED FOR ALL TIMES
THE CREED FOR ALL TIME
MAHĀVĪRA and jainism
This section – MAHĀVĪRA AND JAINISM –introduces, in a historical perspective, Mahāvīra, the last Prophet–propounder of the creed, called Jainism and comprised of Non–violence (Ahiṁsā), Restraint (Saṁyama) and Penance (Tapa) as the giver of the auspicious to its followers. After stating the three–fold nature of reality (Sat) according to the Jaina thought, it proceeds to state the Jaina view on the nature of the soul (Ātmā) and the karma and the concept of the beginningless association and that of liberation. While doing so it also dwells on the issue of theism versus atheism and whether Jainism is theist or atheist. In view of the paramount importance of Ahiṁsā or non–violence in the Jaina way of life, it has been dealt with in an entire chapter.