Doctrines of Jainism vis-a-vis modern legal system of India
Author(s): Dr. Binima Buzarbaruah
Abstract: The doctrines of Jainism are very significant in the matters of spiritual advancement. According to Jainism path of liberation is constituted by ratnatraya i.e. triple gems viz. Right faith, Right knowledge and Right conduct. Amongst these, Right conduct is the most important and it is the transformation of the things into action. Great emphasis is laid in Jaina scriptures on the five vows which are non violence, truthfulness, non- stealing, chastity and non- possessiveness. These are essential to attain liberation. There are certain teachings of Jainism which are found to be in conformity with the provisions of modern legal system of India. The provisions of modern law are found for the purpose of maintaining justice, liberty, equality and fraternity in the society some of which have also their existence in the Jaina texts prescribed for an ethical living.
In this paper an attempt has been made to highlight some doctrines of Jainism and show their reflections in modern legal system of India.