Mahāvira (वर्धमान महावीर) or Mahāvir (the "Great Hero"); also, Vardhamāna (increasing) or Niggantha Nāthaputta (599 BC - 527 BC) Philosopher and teacher; developer of the core traditions of Jainism.


  • A living body is not merely an integration of limbs and flesh but it is the abode of the soul which potentially has perfect perception (Anant-darshana), perfect knowledge (Anant-jnana), perfect power (Anant-virya), and perfect bliss (Anant-sukha).
  • Non-violence and kindness to living beings is kindness to oneself. For thereby one's own self is saved from various kinds of sins and resultant sufferings and is able to secure his own welfare.
  • Kill Not. Cause no pain.
  • All breathing, existing, living, sentient creatures should not be slain, nor treated with violence, nor abused, nor tormented, nor driven away. - Ācharanga Sutra (book 1, lect 4, lesson 1) Translated by H. Jacobi

External links

Wikipedia has an article about:

Last modified on 21 September 2007, at 18:37