Understanding Jainism: South Asian Religious World. Remember the South Asian Religious World. Legend of NattaputtaVardhamana. Mahavira (“Great Hero”) NattaputtaVardhamana Last in a long line of founders (like Buddha) Truth: discovered, fades, lost, recovered Truth finders= TIRTHANKARAS
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Everything has jiva
Humans, plants, animals, insects, atoms, etc
How do we know we have jiva?
For Jains, thought or awareness (which is all that we can be sure of) is explained as the function of the soul. It is what makes us aware, intelligible and conscious
Interruption– or harm– in another jiva’s spiritual progress increases karma, and attachment to this world
Ahimsa= non violent respect for all life
So—a Reform of present day, urban, sinful, material society