Reflection of Ethical values in the light of Jaina Philosophy
Author(s): Dr. Jumli Nath
Abstract: Jainism is intensely spiritual and ethical. It is a religion without God. The Jainas emphasized that knowledge could be perfected by right conduct. Knowledge without right conduct was mere futile and conduct without right knowledge was blind. Jaina philosophy cultivates the means to get puruñärtha through tree ratna or three kinds of jewels; samyak darçana, samyak jnãna, samyak caritra. Tree ratnas are the foundations of Jainism. Jainism also emphasizes on the principle of ahiàsä. Ahiàsä implies the universal love and sympathy towards all living beings etc are developed. The doctrine of ahiàsä is not merely killing or taking away of life but also any mental or verbal injury to one’s vitalities out of negligence. Jainism reflected abundant number of good acts for the welfare of the mankind. This paper is a modest attempt to highlight how human values are reflected in the Jaina philosophy.