What is jainism :: Aum :: Path /Doctrine :: Legend :: Ahinsa
 
Shri Mahavira the last of the Jina (Tirthankar) is regarded as the founder. But he is only the reformist who brought the present day known faith into practice from age old system.

Jainism is eternal & has existed since time immemorial. Mahavir was born in 599 b.c. He was 24th & the last Tirthankar. First Tirthankar Rushabh dev is mentioned in Vedas & Puranas & is said to have preached the way of Jainism to the earliest of human settlements. He was the founder of the faith & first person to speak about freedom from cycle of birth & death.
 

 



Today Jainism is divided into two sects namely: Svetamber & Digamber, since 2000 years. But, for both the ultimate goal is Salvation. Jainism is a system which gives an individual the necessary teachings & understanding to be master of his own destiny, to live a perfectly harmonious life with nature, fellow human beings, animals and the complete environment. It is a way of leading virtuous & pure blissful life.

A Tirthankara or bridge-finder is a wise seer who rediscovers the Jain a way. To the Jains, he is greater than the gods because he transcends the laws of Space and Time. Actions or karma are responsible for ensnaring the soul in the flesh and for entrapping all beings in the material world. The Tirthankara provides all creatures with the means to liberate the soul from the confines of the body and to rise towards bliss, enlightenment and release from the eternal cycle of rebirth. He advocates continence, truth, non-violence, simplicity and purity for those who seek liberation. In every cycle of existence there have been 24 Tirthankaras, each one a prince, each one represented by a symbol, served by a Yaksha and a Yakshi. The following were the Tirthankaras of the present cycle of existence:


Tirthankaras
Symbols
Picture
Rishabh Dev Ji
Bull
Ajita Nath Ji
Elephant
Sambhava Nath Ji
Horse
Abhinandana Ji
Ape
Sumati Nath Ji
Partridge
Padma Prabhu Ji
Lotus
Suparsva Nath Ji
Swastika
Chandra Prabhu Ji
Moon
Suvidhi Nath Ji
Alligator
Sitala Nath Ji
Srivatsa
Sreyamsa Nath Ji
Rhinoceros
Vasupujya Nath Ji
Capricorn
Vimala Nath Ji
Boar
Ananta Nath Ji
Hawk
Dharma Nath Ji
Vajra
Santi Nath Ji
Antelope
Kunthu Nath Ji
Goat
Ara Nath Ji
Nandavat
Malli Nath Ji
Kumbh
Suvrata Nath Ji
Tortoise
Nami Nath Ji
Blue lotus
Nemi Nath Ji
Conch-shell
Parsva Nath Ji
Serpent
Mahavira Nath Ji
Lion

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