These scriptures are known as Jain Agam or Agam Sutras. The Agam Sutras teach great reverence for all forms of life, strict codes of vegetarianism, asceticism . Jain Agam Literature Compiled by. Pravin K. Shah Jain Study Center of NC ( Raleigh). Background. Lord Mahavir’s preaching was orally complied by his. Agamas are original texts of Jainism based on the discourses of the tirthankara. The discourse delivered in a samavasarana (divine preaching hall) is called.

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This agam explains the subtle knowledge of soul, matter, and other related subjects.

Jain epistemology

This anuyoga expounded the texts, which had mathematical viewpoints. Monk Keshi was agamws Ganadhara of Lord Parshvanath. They renounced the world and became monks.

Mahavira’s teachings were compiled by Gautama Swamihis Ganadhara chief disciple.

Following is the list of number of Ang-bahya-agams recognized as authentic scriptures by different Jain Swetambar Sects: Surya Prajnapti Sutra Surya Pannti: Neither delighting nor protesting, I was dissatisfied. Jain texts The texts containing the teachings of Mahavira are called the Agamas, and are the canonical literature – the scriptures – of Svetambara Jainism. While some authors date the composition aggamas Jain Agamas starting from the 6th century BCE, [6] noted Indologist Hermann Jacobi holds that the composition of the Jaina siddhanta would fall somewhere about the end of the 4th or the beginning of the 3rd century BC.


This sutra explains the daily rituals the monks and nuns have to perform. Jain texts portray Mahavira as tall; his height was given as seven cubits After their death, they went to heaven. According to the Acaranga SutraMahavira believed that life existed in myriad forms which included animals, plants, insects, bodies of water, fire, and wind. This was about years after the nirvana of Mahavira. They contain the Jain religion’s endless treasure of knowledge on every subject. An IntroductionAgams.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Jain Literature Jain literature is classified into two major categories: This page was last edited on 11 Julyat This agam describes the system of confession for monks and nuns who fall from proper conduct.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He appeared from heaven to shower Lord Mahavir with unprecedented pomp and splendor. Part of a series on.

Jain Agamas (Digambara)

The Digambaras acknowledge that nineteen out of the twenty-four Tirthamkaras married and had children. In the absence of authentic Agam sutras, Digambars follow Shatkhand Agam and Kasay Pahud as their main texts and four Anuyogs which includes about 20 texts written by great ascetics from to AD as their basis to follow and practice the Jain religion. Accounts of Mahavira’s death vary among Jain texts, with some describing a simple death and others recounting grandiose celebrations attended by gods and kings.


Mahavira’s disciples compiled his words into texts or sutras, and memorised them to pass on to future generations. It is the first Jain scripture written in the Sanskrit language.

It was extremely difficult for the Jain ascetics to survive during this time. Buddhism Hinduism Islam Sikhism Non-creationism.

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All Jain sects believe that knowledge of the Purvas Drastivad was gradually lost starting about one hundred fifty years after Lord Mahavir’s nirvan death. From truth, according to Mahavira, language returns—not the other way around.

Views Read Edit View history. Table showing Anga scriptures. Hence, they do not recognize the existing Agam-sutras which are recognized by the Swetambar sects as their authentic scriptures.

This agam explains which of the ten kinds of repentance Prayashchittas is appropriate for a particular wrongdoing done by monks and nuns. In the early centuries of the common era, Jain texts containing Mahavira’s teachings were written in palm-leaf manuscripts.