Aparigraha: Conceptual Understanding and Practical Application (Toward Exploring the Rational Dimension of Aparigraha)

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Abstract

Aparigraha, the cardinal principle of Jainism, has been emphasized in the tradition, from its origin. One can rightly say that Ahiṁsā, the defining principle of Jainism, and Aparigraha go hand in hand. In the contemporary period, Ahiṁsā, Anekānta and Aparigraha have become a Trinity of Jainism for the World around. The discussions regarding Aparigraha are centered on the moral and spiritual aspects of the concept. Accordingly, Aparigraha is developed, first as Mahāvrata and then as Aṇuvrata; in both the senses, Aparigraha indicates the mental state of a person with high moral character marching toward spiritual goal in the first case and leading the life of a householder in the second case. Here is an attempt to explore another dimension of Aparigraha, viz. a rational dimension. So far a close relation between Ahiṁsā and Aparigraha has been expounded. This paper will make a humble attempt to bring out the equally close relation between Aparigraha and Anekānta. The articulation is done with a confidence that it will give a more promising look to Jainism in contemporary multi-religious society.

Keywords

Aparigraha Ahiṁsā Anekānta Mahāvrata Aṇuvrata 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of MumbaiMumbaiIndia

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