RLG100 - Lecture 37 - Ahimsa Anekantavada(Many-sidedness...

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Ahimsa Anekantavada (Many-sidedness) Syadvada (Non-absolutism) Jain Ethics Sallekhana Doctrines: View of karma /sansar/moksa: Karma is viewed as an actual material substance - not the case for Buddhism/Hinduism - is visualized as a fine powder-like substance like dust - has quality just as in other traditions: quality determined by intentions -ie Yashatilaka - tale of prince who sacrifices a rooster made of dough - intent was to kill it - and so much harm befalls the prince all of us as individuals have a soul/spirit - - Jiva - a soul or a spirit - that doesnt change from one life to next. Visualized as a luminous thing that enables us to see - but karma like fine dust settles on top of the Jiva (the lightbulb that is Jiva) - and over centuries this is a lot of dust/light - and so it constrains us - our ability to see is obsured. So we want to get rid of karma to allow the jiva to emerge forward (luminous + transceded). The major goal is to get rid of karma - its not so easy to do this. In jainic understanding you generate karma with your actions all the time, but it doesn’t stick to your
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