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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Buddhism Hinduism Islam Sikhism Non-creationism. This agam explains how Lord Neminath convinced ten kings in the Vrashni region to follow the Jain religion. Lord Mahavir’s preaching were orally compiled into many texts scriptures by his disciples.

In the same agmaas, when asked about a fruit of the contemplative life, visible here and now, Nigantha Nataputta answered with fourfold restraint.

Jain Agam Literature

In the early centuries of the common era, Jain texts containing Mahavira’s teachings were written in palm-leaf manuscripts.

Agam literature is also divided into two groups: Ethics of Jainism Sallekhana.

This anuyoga consists of the following texts, which contain principles of observances, conduct, behavior, and like literature. Webarchive template wayback links Webarchive template webcite links Good articles Use dmy dates from December Use Indian English from September All Wikipedia articles written in Indian English Articles having same image on Wikidata and Wikipedia All self-contradictory articles Wikipedia articles needing clarification from December Wikipedia articles needing clarification from October Commons category link from Wikidata CS1 maint: Accomplished sages who have invalidated the so-called deities that are famous in the world, and have made ineffective the whip of all blemishes, adore your doctrine.


Mahavira proclaimed in India that religion is a reality and not a mere social convention. Agamas are texts of Digambara Jainism based on the discourses of the tirthankara.

Later Digambara secondary arguments appealed to human physiology in order to exclude women from the path: Sacred Books of the East vol.

Both sects agree that a group of texts called the Purvas were lost in the famine. Trivarnachar Vattaura A. They were compiled immediately after Lord Mahavir’s nirvana death. The Digambaras acknowledge that nineteen out of the twenty-four Tirthamkaras married and had children.

Jain Agama Literature

This agam describes the method of concentrated meditation Dhyana that one should observe through the description of Radhavedha. While some authors date the composition of Jain Agamas starting from 6th century BC, [8] noted Indologist Hermann Jacobi holds that the composition of the Jaina siddhanta agqmas fall somewhere about the end of the 4th or the beginning of the 3rd century BC. This agam describes the agamaa lives of certain devas angels who worshiped Lord Mahavir. The Buddha taught the Middle Wayrejecting the extremes of “it is” or “it is not”; Mahavira accepted both “it is” and “it is not”, with reconciliation and the qualification of “perhaps”.


Mathura and Valabhi Conferences. An event associated with the 2,th anniversary of Mahavira’s nirvana was held in Jnata Dharma Kathanga Sutra Nayadhammakahao: Each tradition has had a distinctive auspicious chest mark that allows devotees to identify a meditating statue to symbolic icon for their theology.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This agam explains the subtle knowledge of soul, matter, and other related subjects.

Jain theology developed after Mahavira through the teachings of particularly learned monks – these teachings too, had to be memorised – and so the amount that the monks had to remember steadily increased. These scriptures were written by great Acharyas scholars from to AD. Languages of Jain literature.

Jain Agamas

It contains preaching agamass religious principles and practices, and many stories, dialogues, and examples based on such principles and practices. Loss of the scriptures Unfortunately many of the original teachings of Mahavira have been lost. Agama is a Sanskrit word which signifies the ‘coming’ of a body of doctrine by means of transmission through a lineage of authoritative teachers.

Ethics of Jainism Sallekhana.