Moral virtue: 1 definition


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General definition (in Jainism)

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Source: Tessitori Collection I

Moral virtue (in Sanskrit: śīla) means “refusing the temptations of sense-objects”, according to the Śīlakulaka (dealing with the Ethics section of Jain Canonical literature).—The concept of sīla ‘moral virtue’ means refusing the pangs of love, the temptations of sense-objects, etc. It is a very wide notion. Its effects can be counteracted by patience, study, appropriate company, etc. The recipient of the manuscript [of the Śīlakulaka] is a lady, whose name is not clear.

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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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