Ratribhuktatyagapratima, Rātribhuktatyāgapratimā, Ratribhuktatyaga-pratima: 1 definition

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Source: Wisdom Library: Jainism

Rātribhuktatyāgapratimā (रात्रिभुक्तत्यागप्रतिमा) or simply Rātribhuktatyāga represents the sixth of eleven pratimā (stages) laid down for Jain laymen. Rātribhuktatyāgapratimā refers to “abstaining from food after sunset” according to J. L. Jaini in his “outlines of Jainism” (pp. 67-70). It is also known as Kāyotsargapratimā.

These pratimās (e.g., rātribhuktatyāga-pratimā) 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.

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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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