Parigrahatyaga, Parigrahatyāga, Parigraha-tyaga: 2 definitions



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Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Parigrahatyāga (परिग्रहत्याग) or Parigrahatyāgapratimā represents the ninth of eleven pratimā (stages) laid down for Jain laymen. Parigrahatyāga-pratimā refers to “divesting oneself of wealth by dividing one’s property among one’s heirs and training oneself generally to bear the hardships incidental to a life of asceticism” according to J. L. Jaini in his “outlines of Jainism” (pp. 67-70).

These pratimās (e.g., parigraha-tyāga) form a series of duties and performances, the standard and duration of which rises periodically and which finally culminates in an attitude resembling monkhood. Thus the pratimās rise by degrees and every stage includes all the virtues practised in those preceeding it. The conception of eleven pratimās appears to be the best way of exhibiting the rules of conduct prescribved for the Jaina laymen.

Source: HereNow4U: Śrāvakācāra (Ethics of the Householder)

Parigrahatyāga (परिग्रहत्याग) refers to one of the eleven pratimās (eleven stages for becoming excellent śrāvaka).—Parigrahatyāga-pratimā enjoins the abandonment of all kinds of acquisitions except clothes, and in those too the observer is not attached.

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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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