Akamanirjara, Akāmanirjarā: 2 definitions

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Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Akāmanirjarā (अकामनिर्जरा) refers to “involuntary dissociation” and is one of the causes leading to the influx (āsrana) of karmas leading to birth in the heavens (daiva).

Akāmanirjarā is a Sanskrit technical term defined in the Tattvārthasūtra (ancient authorative Jain scripture) from the 2nd century, which contains aphorisms dealing with philosophy and the nature of reality.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 6: Influx of karmas

1) Akāmanirjarā (अकामनिर्जरा).—What is meant by akāmanirjarā? To tolerate inflictions peacefully and with equanimity under the influence of others even though one is not willing is akāmanirjarā or dissociation with effort. Like sārāgasaṃyama, it is also a cause of pleasant feeling (sātāvedanīya) influx (āsrava).

2) Akāmanirjarā (अकामनिर्जरा).— What is meant by involuntary dissociation with effort (akāmanirjarā)? Dissociation which accrues without the specific objective so doing is involuntary dissociation e.g. enduring thirst, hunger, discipline etc. result in dissociation of karmas also.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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