Name of a class of sacred texts dealing with the lives of Tirthankaras.
A group of fourteen Jaina canonical texts, now extinct.
Name of a dweep. Only half of it is used for living.
Desire. Passion. Attachment.
Geographical term. The universe is divided into 14 Rajloks, consisting of hells, dweeps, heavens, etc.
A male who has given up the family life, wealth and worldly comforts for seeking liberation. He learns scriptures religiously.
A female who has given up the family life, wealth and worldly comforts for seeking liberation. She learns scriptures religiously. Sadhvi Shilapiji is the only Jain sadhvi to ever study outside of India. She is currently pursuing her PhD at Oxford, in England.
Voluntary and controlled fasting to death. This is a very misunderstood and controversial concept in Jainism. It is believed that in 420 BCE, Mahavir engaged in salekhana.
State of calmness and sinlessness of mind and speech. Usually 48 minutes for householders and a lifetime for sadhus and sadhvis.
Five areas of caution: walking, speaking, taking food, handling materials and discarding excretion.
Awakening of the soul to the right path. Once a soul has samkeet, he gets liberated within a few incarnations.
A small human-like life, of bacterial size, residing inside our human bodies. It can be born spontaneously, by itself.
Holy assembly of the Jina.
Intentional, premeditated violence.
Cycle of transmigration for all non-liberated souls.
Stoppage of the influx of karmas. One of the nine tattvas.
Fourfold society, as founded by a Tirthankara, consisting of male and female sadhus and householders who follow the principles of Jainism. Establishing a sangh is what distinguishes a regular kevali from a tirthankar (a kevali who establishes a sangh).
Peaceful, voluntary and planned religious death.