Jain World
Sub Categories of Jain Books
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Book of Compassion
 

Introduction

 

Universe

  Consideration of aspects or ways of knowing things
 

Man as he actually Is

 

Karmas

  Causes of karmas
  Man as he may become
  Means to the end
  Stages of development (GUNASTHANA)
  First stage of development
  Second stage of development
  Third stage of development
  Fourth stage of development Part-1
  Love (Daya)
  Soiling of the right attitude
 

Scale of living beings

  Means whereby the right attitude maybe obtained
  Time
 

Thirty-five rules of conduct

 

Fourth stage of development-part-2

 

Fifth stage of development

 

Twelve special rules of conduct

 

Sixth to fourteenth stages of development

  Synthesis or Recapitulatiion
 

Bibliography

  Jain Books
  Catalog of Books in English
  Catalog of Books in Hindi
  Catalog of Books in Gujarati
  List of Books, Topics & Sub-topics and Authors

SCALE OF LIVING BEINGS

 

Those who still have Those whose intoxicating

the intoxicating elements have

elements. disappeared.

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Those in whom the Those in whom it is

intoxicating elements under control, or at

are actually seen the bottom, like mud

manifesting. in a clear brook.

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Those who realize only Those who realize

rough sub-divisions of delicate sub-division

their intoxicating ele- such as more and

ments, anger, pride, less intense degrees

greed, etc. of anger, etc.

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Those who are without Those who have a

any system of working method by which they

out their intoxicating systematically work

elements. out their intoxicating elements.

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Those who have not yet Those who have

obtained any control obtained a partial

over their minds and control.

senses.

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Those who have not yet Those who are in the

reached the right right attitude of

attitude of mind mind.

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Those who have not yet Those who have cut

cut the knot of worldly it.

attachment

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Those who have not Those who have got

potentiality to reach such potentiality

liberation. to reach liberation.

 

This table is read upward thus : There are those living beings who have got potentiality to reach liberation, and those who will not. Of those who have got such potentiality there are those who have cut the knot of worldly desires, and those who have not..... There are those living beings who have reached liberation, and those who have not; but they are all living beings.

With regard to those living beings whose nature it is not to reach liberation ever, the idea is that there are very few of them; that they find it no misery to remain in the embodied state; and that if there is any feeling of regret at the idea of never reaching liberation, then the being who feels such regret is not of this class of living beings, but is of the class that has got potentiality to reach liberation.