Jain World
Sub-Categories of Passions

Jainism  -  Respect For All Life

The birth of Jainism
Mahavira the Path-Maker
The Enlightenment
The Rise of Jainism
  The Two Sects
  The Scriptures
  Rise and Fall
  Jain Beliefs-The Universe
  The Soul
  Karma and Rebirth
  The way of Salvation
  The Everyday Life of a Jain
  The Life of an Ascetic
  Ways of Worship
  Temples and Domestic Shrines
  Ninian Smart

The Rise of Jainism



Mahavira drew his followers mainly from the Kshatriya aristocracy and organized them into a regular community with lay and monastic members of both sexes.  There is good reason to believe that before they joined him some of these followers believed that all possessions, including clothing, should be abandoned, in the pursuit of passionless detachment, while others stopped short of making nudity a requirement.  It was this difference, and later disagreement about the contents of the canon of the scriptures, which were to distinguish the two major sects of Jainism.  No fundamental doctrinal differences emerged, even in later centuries.