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General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: The University of Sydney: A study of the Twelve Reflections

Happiness cannot be found in Saṃsāra, as discussed in Bhūdhardās’s composition dealing with the twelve reflections (bhāvanā or anuprekṣā), also found in the Tattvārtha-sūtra.—Accordingly, “[all things are impermanent]—King, prince or emperor, an elephant’s mahout: everyone dies someday each at his own time. (1) [there is no shelter] Powerful friends, a goddess or a god, mother, father, family: they can do nothing to stop the soul going at the moment of death. (2) [cycle of rebirth] So poor you cannot meet the cost, you suffer. You are entranced by the desire for wealth. Nowhere in saṃsāra will you find happiness no matter where you look in the world. (3) [...]”.

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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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