Narakayu, aka: Naraka-ayu, Narakāyu, Nārakāyu; 2 Definition(s)


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Narakāyu (नरकायु).—What is the influx leading to infernal life (narakāyu) karmas? Excessive infliction of misery (ārambha) and excessive attachment (parigraha) to objects are the causes of influx (āsrava) leading to infernal life karmas.

What are the other causes for the influx of karmas leading to infernal life (narakāyu)? Perpetual cruel activity, appropriating others wealth, infatuation with sensual pleasures, intense pride, intense anger are like a line drawn on a stone rock / black coloration (leśyā) leading to the influx of karmas taking one to life in infernal destiny in the next birth.

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

Nārakāyu (नारकायु) or simply Nāraka refers to “infernal /hellish realms or states of existence” and represents one of the four divisions of Āyu, or “life determining (karmas)”, which represents one of the eight types of Prakṛti-bandha (species bondage): one of the four kinds of bondage (bandha) according to the 2nd-century Tattvārthasūtra chapter 8. Nārakāyu can also be spelled as Nārakāyus. What is meant by life in hell or hellish life (naraka-āyu)? The karmas rise of which causes the body of the living beings stay in the infernal realm to suffer intense miserys due to heat, cold, hunger, thurst etc is life in hell.

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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