Jain World
Sub-Categories of Passions

The Navakar Mantra

What is the Jain Dharma or Jainism?
Who is a Jin?
Who is a Jain?
The Jain dharma
  The Arrangement Of Ara, The Phases Of Time
  Tirtha, Dharma And Tirthankar (One Who Reveals The Dharma)
  The Exposition Of The Philosophy
  Bhagwan Mahavir
  The Path Of Achievement
  Total Renunciation
  Some special rules of conduct for sadhus and sadhvis
  The Dashvirati Dharma
  The Fourteen Pledges By Househl Oders
  Avashyak (The Essentials)
  Prathana (Prayer)
  Jap And Dhyan
  The Eighteen Sources Of Sin (Papa Sthanak)..
  Before assuming Dharma
  Marganusari Gun: (35 virtues that guide us on the path of life)
  Tapasya and the codes of conduct:
  The External austerities ( six kinds )
  Abhyantar Tap (Six kinds)
  Some minor and major austerities for daily practice.
  Why is fasting essential ?
  Some Special And Important Austerities
  Why should water be boiled ?
  It is necessary to filter water:
  The Jain Dharma prohibits the eating of the following things
  Why should not people eat meat ?
  Even the egg is dangerous !
  Alcoholic drinks should be renounced
  Why should we not eat certain types of food?
  We should not take food in the night. Why?
  Why should we not eat green and raw vegetables on some special days?
  Organization of the Jain Society
  Some Important Jain Institutions
  Jain Upashray: Religious Centres
  The Jain Libraries
  The Jain Schools
  Ayambil Shala
  The Jain Panjarapol--Shelter for Cattle
  The Jain Choultries
  The Jain Pilgrim Centres
  The system of the seven institutions of the Jains.
  The Jain Festivals
  The Jain Celebrations
  The Jain Philosophy
  The Nine Doctrines
  Kashay- Passions
  The Process of Spiritual Elevation,
  Samiti and Gupti
  16 Bhavanas
  The Jain Literature
  A Representative Jain Work
  A Glossary Of Difficult Words

47. The system of the seven institutions of the Jains.


Bhadrabahu Vijay

The important institutions of activity of the Jain Dharma are divided into seven kinds and they are technically called in the Shastras the Sapta Kshetra or theseven institutions of activity. They are described below. For the maintenance of these seven spheres. arrangements are made for the availability of the necessary funds. The fund meant for a particular institution is to be utilized only for that institution and not for any other. But if a necessity arises, the fund set apart for a lower institution may be used for a higher but that which has been set apart for a higher institution should not be used for a lower one. There is such a conventional practice.

The Jin Mandir - The temple.

The Jin Murti The idol of Jin.

Since these institutions are related to each other closely, the things set apart for these together may be used for any purpose from making the idols upto the construction and renovation of the temple. The fund set apart for these purposes is called ~'Devadravya".

Jin Agam ( The Jain scriptures and literature)

The fund set apart for this institution may be used for such things as the dissemination of the right knowledge, spreading the Jain doctrines, publishing books printing, writing and preservation of great books etc. The money may also be spent for the education of Sadhus and Sadhvis or for their teaching programs. This amount is called Jnan Dravya.

Sadhus and 5. Sadhvis

The money set apart for these institutions is to be spent for the maintenance of Sadhus and Sadhvis and for the support of their spiritual and austere life. This amount may also be spent for rendering service to them and for taking care of them. This is known as Vajavach Vibhag,

Shravaks 7. Shravikas

The amount set apart for the Shravaks and Shravikas is called Sadharan Dravya or Sadharmik Dravya. This amount is spent to help householders who are in difficulties or reduced circumstances. Such people are given economic assistance from this fund. Arrangements are also made to give them food-grain, clothes, medicines etc., at concession rates or even free of cost. The families that are in dire necessity are given all necessary help.

Apart from this, there is one institution called Jivadaya (kindness to animals and birds). The amount set apart for this is spent to provide all necessaries to animals and birds and to supply to them fodder, grain and water.