Buddhism and Jainism

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-0852-2_635



Divya-dhvani refers to the special communication of a tīrthaṅkara after obtaining omniscience.

Aspect of Omniscience

Divya-dhvani derives from divya (meaning divine, heavenly, supernatural, wondrous, magical) and dhvani (meaning sound, noise, echo, voice, tone, tune, thunder, allusion, hint). This divine sound is a distinct attribute of a tīrthaṅkara, or liberated Jain teacher, who has achieved kevala-jñāna, or omniscience, meaning the simultaneous perception of everything in the universe.

At the moment of omniscience, a tīrthaṅkara, also called a Jina or kevalin, who has overcome bodily and mental limitations and whose conduct in previous lives enables the gift of divine sound, obtains the miraculous power of divya-dhvani ([4], p. 260). The sound manifests artha, the full meaning of the Jina’s teaching, and is thought to be the origin of Jain canonical texts, or sūtras ([4], p. 42).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Claremont School of TheologyClaremontUSA