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Jains in the WorldReligious Values and Ideology in India$
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John E. Cort

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195132342

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195132343.001.0001

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Ideologies and Realms of Value

Ideologies and Realms of Value

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Jains in the World

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Summarizes the previous discussions of well‐being in Jainism, and analyzes the way the religious lives of the Jains give expression to a symbolically expressed religious value. The chapter shows how we can see a ”family” of well‐being values (similar to what other authors of South Asia have termed ”auspiciousness”) in Jain belief and practice, as expressed in the goddess Laksmi (Lakshmi), and concepts such as kalyan (”welfare”), subh (”good, auspicious”), punya (”merit”), and mangal (”auspicious, holy”). In conclusion, the chapter argues that to study only world‐renunciation aimed at liberation from the world is insufficient for a full understanding of Jainism as lived religious experience, for Jain practices and beliefs are equally concerned with living a full, rich life in the world.

Keywords:   auspiciousness, kalyan, Laksmi, Lakshmi, mangal, merit, punya, religious values, subh, well‐being

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