Anantanubandhi, aka: Anantānubandhi, Anantanu-bandhi; 1 Definition(s)


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Anantānubandhi (अनन्तानुबन्धि) refers to “error-feeding passions” and represents the “four virulent levels” of the four passions (eg., krodha, ‘anger’; māna, ‘pride’; māyā, ‘deceit’; lobha, ‘greed’) and forms one of the four main divisions of the Kaṣāya (“passions”) classification of of  Cāritramohanīya “conduct deluding (karmas)” according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra chapter 8. Cāritramohanīya refers to one of the two main classifications of Mohanīya, or “deluding (karmas)”, which represents one of the eight types of Prakṛti-bandha (species bondage): one of the four kinds of bondage (bandha). What is the nature of the virulent (anantānubandhi) anger-pride-deceit-greed karmas? These severely obscure the true nature of the soul and cause infinite cycles of transmigression by not letting the soul achieve the right belief.

What is the state of the soul due to virulent anger (anantānubandhi-krodha)? The anger at this level is like the line drawn in a rock and is the cause of the hellish realm. What is the state of the soul due to virulent pride (anantānubandhi-māna)? The pride at this level is like the pillar of rock which can break but not bend and is the cause of the hellish realm. What is the state of the soul due to virulent deceit (anantānubandhi-māyā)? The deceit at this level is like the root of the bamboo and is the cause of hellish realm. What is the state of the soul due to virulent greed (anantānubandhi-lobha)? The greed at this level is like the fast colour of cloth/carpet and is the cause of hellish realm.

Source: Encyclopedia of Jainism: Tattvartha Sutra 8: Bondage of karmas
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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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