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Jain Beliefs

Jainism has historical roots in Hinduism, but there are many differences between the two Indian religions today. Central to Jian belief is the material and the spiritual realm. It is believed that both realities are eternal and that human beings can, and do, engage in both, which affects not only this life, but the next one as well. Jains also have distinct beliefs about karma.

  • Human Nature in Jainism

    In Jainism, the soul is uncreated, eternal and has infinite power and knowledge. It therefore has the inherent potential of divinity (that is, perfectly omnipotent, omniscient and free; not a god)... full article →
  • Jain Cosmology

    Jains believe that the universe and everything in it is eternal. Nothing that exists now was ever created, nor will it be destroyed. The universe consists of three realms: the heavens, the earthly realm and the hells... full article →
  • Jain theism

    The Jain understanding of an uncreated and eternal universe leaves little room for an Almighty Creator God. Jains do, however, believe in a "perfect universal presence," as well as multiple deities who dwell in the heavens... full article →
  • Jivas

    In Jainism, jivas are all the living beings that can be found in the earthly realm. This is a central concept because the fundamental Jain principle of ahimsa (nonviolence) extends to all jivas... full article →
  • afterlife (Jainism)

    Depending on one's karma and level of spiritual development, death may mean being reborn in another physical appearance in the earthly realm, suffering punishment in one of eight hells or joining other liberated souls in the highest level of heaven... full article →
  • karma (Jainism)

    In Indian philosophy, karma is the natural moral law of the universe in which every good and bad action has a corresponding effect on the doer... full article →
  • meaning of life (Jainism)

    For Jains, the purpose of life is to attain moksa, or release, from the cycle of rebirth. There are five levels on the path of human development: - Sadhus (monks) and sadhvis (nuns) - Upadhyayas (teachers of the Jain scriptures) - Acharyas (spiritual leaders) - Siddhas (liberated souls) - Arihantas (liberated souls who have attained salvation; both Ordinary and Tirthankar) Ordinary laypersons are householders... full article →