RLG100 - Lecture 37

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

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Unformatted text preview: 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 soul unless it’s the product of desire- desire is like the glue on top of the jiva/lightbulb - and so attracts...
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This note was uploaded on 08/09/2011 for the course RLG 100 taught by Professor Pearly during the Spring '08 term at University of Toronto.

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