Jain Science and Spirituality

by Medhavi Jain | 2020 | 61,419 words

This essay studies the elements of Jainism and investigates how Jain science and philosophy can give the world answers to through science and spirituality. Instead of interpreting it as a confined, strict philosophy, it is shown that Jainism represents a path towards self-awakening through self-improvement....

1.11. Qualities the Soul Possesses in its Purest State

Every spirit has endless characteristics. In its most flawless characteristic state, every spirit is actually similar to another and is endowed with eight attributes:

1) Kevala Gyana (omniscience)—Unadulterated and flawless knowledge, the faculty of instantly cognizing, by direct perception, the substance of the entire universe which contains all reality and only reality, with no logical inconsistency or disparity. Mostly in our lives we have indirect knowledge, it is always through a medium, but direct knowledge is: the realisations one has about the nature of things, behaviours etc. It cannot be explained to anyone, it can only be felt. Kevala Gyana is a state where there is nothing left but only pure, true knowledge.

2) Kevala Darshana—Pure and perfect instinct -the faculty of instantly apprehending, by direct understanding, the entire of real existence, without division of substance, as a framework with complete inward consistency and structure however without reference to anything beyond. One may find oneself unable to describe a state so beautiful like this. A state when there is no help required of an example or an image of a particular thing to relate to what one is seeing, but directly knowing, the whole, by oneself.

3) Atmika sukha—Self-generated blissfulness which transcends joy/agony and bliss/melancholy and which has no reference to anything outside oneself. An absolute state which is self-sufficient, natural and beyond any happiness or misery.

4) Kshayika Samyaktva—Possession of absolute reality. Isn’t it wonderful if one asks, ‘what are your possessions?’ And the answer would be, ‘The whole truth.’

5) Atala Avagahana—Everlasting perpetual existence -liberation from transmigration. This is such a philosophical state, which is beyond the boundaries of life-death and change and infinite too.

6) Amurtva—Complete formlessness. The soul’s real form, free of any karma particle, be it the body or any passion related group of karmic atoms.

7) Agurulaghutva—Absolute serenity with different spirits. It is said that the liberated souls can live millions in numbers, even on the tip of a needle, without any conflict and collision because all souls present there are equally pure and selfattained.

8) Ananta virya—Unfiltered and unlimited spiritual vitality. As this is the true nature of the soul. Wouldn’t that be wonderful to return to the eternal home after an eternal journey!

Gaining knowledge is about becoming more aware of the self and the surroundings and to become more polite than before in everything one does. Basically to move closer to one’s real nature.

‘The purer the Jiva, the higher its dimensions of knowledge, perception, bliss and vitality will turn into.’[1]

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LJ. pp. 46

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