Friday, December 7, 2007

Jainism As Sramana Tradition

Jainism As Sramana Tradition Cover In the Ancient World, the Jain tradition was known as the Sramana tradition. The sramanas were ascetics, who led pure and austere lives, without possessions, wandering from place to place and subjecting themselves to rigorous austerities and self-discipline. They focused on renouncing the causes of sin and suffering to achieve liberation from pain and the cycle of births and deaths. Through the teachings of Parsvanatha and Mahavira, the last two of the 24 tirthankaras, the tradition grew into an organized religion, attracting a sizeable following in various parts of the Indian subcontinent. To those who are familiar with Hinduism, the beliefs and concepts of Jainism sound familiar, making one wonder whether there was any connection between the two in some remote past. There is an argument that Jainism was a popular ascetic tradition of India with its roots in prehistoric times, whose beliefs regarding soul, nature of existence, liberation, austerities, time, karma and incarnation of souls found their way into Hinduism directly or indirectly and enriched it greatly with a strong spiritual and Philosophical base. In this article we will discuss some of the important concepts and core beliefs of Jainism, by knowing which we will gain a fair Understanding of how it differs from Hinduism.

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