The Indian religion of Jainism, whose central tenet involves non-violence to all creatures, is one of the world's oldest and least-understood faiths. Dundas looks at Jainism in its social and doctrinal context, explaining its history, sects, scriptures and ritual, and describing how the Jains have, over 2500 years, defined themselves as a unique religious community. This revised and expanded edition takes account of new research into Jainism.
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If mahavira is the last thithankara, (corresponding to time of buddha), and in jainism there were 24 thithakars who appear average 250 yrs, them jainism goes back in time to abt 6000BC, the firtst thithankara, Rishaba, sounds like siva, means siva? Or jainism is way of life of Shaivism
True knowledge of human life.
Jainism though the most ancient religion or rather science of human life is well explained in the book the auther has made sincere effort to introduce to the world the philosophy of Ahimsa which is the source of inspiration to Mahatma Gandhi and almost all the religions on the Indian subcontinent. Sincerely the theory of human life as explained in Jain sutras need advanced research which shall unravel the secrets of human life.