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Jain metaphysics is based on seven (sometimes nine, with subcategories) truths or fundamental principles also known as tattva or navatattva, which are an attempt to explain the nature and solution to the human predicament. The first two are the two ontological categories of the soul jva and the non-soul ajva, namely the axiom that they exist. The third truth is that through the interaction, called yoga, between the two substances, soul and non-soul, karmic matter flows into the soul (srava), clings to it, becomes converted into karma and the fourth truth acts as a factor of bondage (bandha), restricting the manifestation of the consciousness intrinsic to it. The fifth truth states that a stoppage (savara) of new karma is possible through asceticism through practice of right conduct, faith and knowledge. An intensification of asceticism burns up the existing karma this sixth truth is expressed by the word nirjar. The final truth is that when the soul is freed from the influence of karma, it reaches the goal of Jaina teaching, which is liberation or moka.[1] Some authors add two additional categories: the meritorious and demeritorious acts related to karma (puya and ppa). These nine categories of cardinal truth, called navatattva, form the basis of entire Jain metaphysics. The knowledge of these reals is essential for the liberation of the soul.

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Jainism believes that the souls (jva) exist as a reality, having a separate existence from the body that houses it. Jva is characterised by cetana (consciousness) and upayoga (knowledge and perception).[2] Though the soul experiences both birth and death, it is neither really destroyed nor created. Decay and origin refer respectively to the disappearing of one state of soul and appearance of another state, these being merely the modes of the soul.[3]

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Ajva are the five non-living substances that make up the universe along with the jva. They are: Pudgala (Matter) Matter is classified as solid, liquid, gaseous, energy, fine Karmic materials and extra-fine matter or ultimate particles.[4] Paramnu or ultimate particles are considered the basic building block of all matter. One of the qualities of the Paramnu and Pudgala is that of permanence and indestructibility. It combines and changes its modes but its basic qualities remain the same. According to Jainism, it cannot be created nor destroyed. Dharma-tattva (Medium of Motion) and Adharma-tattva (Medium of rest) They are also known as Dharmstikya and Adharmstikya. They are unique to Jain thought depicting the principles of motion and rest. They are said to pervade the entire universe. Dharma-tattva and adharma-tattva are by themselves not motion or rest but mediate motion and rest in other bodies. Without dharmstikya motion is not possible and without adharmstikya rest is not possible in the universe. ka (Space) Space is a substance that accommodates souls, matter, the principle of motion, the principle of rest, and time. It is all-pervading, infinite and made of infinite space-points. Kla (Time) Time is a real entity according to Jainism and all activities, changes or modifications can be achieved only through time. In Jainism, the time is likened to a wheel with twelve spokes divided into descending and ascending halves with six stages, each of immense duration estimated at billions of sagaropama or ocean years.[5] According to Jains, sorrow increases at each progressive descending stage and happiness and bliss increase in each progressive ascending stage.

The srava is the influx of karmas. It occurs when the karmic particles are attracted to the soul on account of vibrations created by activities of mind, speech and body.[6] Tattvrthastra, 6:12 states:[7] "The activities of body, speech and mind is called yoga. This three-fold action results in srava or influx of karma." [8]

The karmas have effect only when they are bound to the consciousness. This binding of the karma to the consciousness is called bandha. However, the yoga or the activities alone do not produce bondage. Out of the many causes of bondage, passion is considered as the main cause of bondage. The karmas are literally bound on account of the stickiness of the soul due to existence of various passions or mental dispositions.[6]

In many texts punya or spiritual merit and papa or spiritual demerit are counted among the fundamental reals. But in Tattvrthastra the number of tattvas is seven because both punya and papa are included in srava or bandha. Both punya and papa are of two types dravya type (physical type) and a bhava type (mental type).[9]

Main article: Samvara Savara is stoppage of karma. The first step to emancipation or the realization of the self is to see that all channels through which karma has been flowing into the soul have been stopped, so that no additional karma can accumulate. This is referred to as the stoppage of the inflow of karma (savara).[10] There are two kinds of savara: that which is concerned with mental life (bhava-savara), and that which refers to the removal of karmic particles (dravya- savara). This stoppage is possible by self-control and freedom from

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attachment. The practice of vows, carefulness, self-control, observance of ten kinds of dharma, meditation, and the removal of the various obstacles, such as hunger, thirst, and passion stops the inflow of karma and protect the soul from the impurities of fresh karma.

Main article: Nirjara Nirjar is the shedding or destruction of karmas that has already accumulated. Nirjar is of two types: the psychic aspect of the removal of karma (bhva-nirjar) and destruction of the particles of karma (dravyanirjar).[10] Karma may exhaust itself in its natural course when its fruits are completely exhausted. In this, no effort is required. The remaining karma has to be removed by means of penance (avipaka-nirjar). The soul is like a mirror which looks dim when the dust of karma is deposited on its surface. When karma is removed by destruction, the soul shines in its pure and transcendent form. It then attains the goal of moka.

Moka means liberation, salvation or emancipation of soul. It is a blissful state of existence of a soul,
completely free from the karmic bondage, free from samsara, the cycle of birth and death. A liberated soul is said to have attained its true and pristine nature of infinite bliss, infinite knowledge and infinite perception. Such a soul is called siddha or paramatman and considered as supreme soul or God. In Jainism, it is the highest and the noblest objective that a soul should strive to achieve. It fact, it is the only objective that a person should have; other objectives are contrary to the true nature of soul. With right faith, knowledge and efforts all souls can attain this state. That is why, Jainism is also known as mokamrga or the path to liberation.

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1. ^ *Soni, Jayandra; E. Craig (Ed.) (1998). "Jain Philosophy" (http://www.rep.routledge.com/article/F005SECT1) . Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (London: Routledge). http://www.rep.routledge.com/article /F005SECT1. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 2. ^ Nayanar, Prof. A. Chakravarti (2005). Pacstikyasra of crya Kundakunda. New Delhi: Today & Tomorrows Printer and Publisher. ISBN 81-7019-436-9. , Gth 16 3. ^ Nayanar, Prof. A. Chakravarti (2005). Pacstikyasra of crya Kundakunda. New Delhi: Today & Tomorrows Printer and Publisher. ISBN 81-7019-436-9. , Gth 18 4. ^ Shah, Natubhai (1998). Jainism: The World of Conquerors. Volume I and II. Sussex: Sussex Academy Press. ISBN 1-898723-30-3. 5. ^ James, Edwin Oliver (1969). Creation and Cosmology: A Historical and Comparative Inquiry. Netherland: BRILL. ISBN 90-04-01617-1. p. 45 6. ^ a b Jaini, Padmanabh (1998). The Jaina Path of Purification. New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass. ISBN 81-208-1578-5. p. 112 7. ^ Kuhn, Hermann (2001). Karma, The Mechanism : Create Your Own Fate. Wunstorf, Germany: Crosswind Publishing. ISBN 3-9806211-4-6. p. 26 8. ^ Tatia, Nathmal (tr.) (1994) (in Sanskrit - English). Tattvrtha Stra: That which Is of Vcaka Umsvti. Lanham, MD: Rowman Altamira. ISBN 0-7619-8993-5. p. 151 9. ^ Sanghvi, Sukhlal (1974) (in trans. K. K. Dixit). Tattvrthastra of Vcaka Umsvti. Ahmedabad: L. D. Institute of Indology.

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10. ^ a b T. G. Kalghatgi, Philosophy East and West, Vol. 15, No. 3/4, (Jul. - Oct., 1965), pp. 229-242 University of Hawai Press

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