Index. ▫Jain Agam (Canonical) Literature ƒ Definition ƒ Classification ƒ Listings of Sutras ƒ Summary of Agams by Jainsects ƒ History of Preservation ƒ Agam. The Agama scriptures have been composed by Lord Tirthankaras by way of their meanings, whereas by ‘Sutra’ they have been composed by Lord Gandharas. Phone:: +91 22 1. ĀGAMA – AN INTRODUCTION (English): This booklet provides a brief summary of each Āgama with a few key sutras highlighted.

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Hemacandra’s book Kumarapalacaritra is also noteworthy. According to Svetambara tradition, the agamas were collected on the basis of collective memory of the ascetics in the first council of Pataliputra under the stewardship of Sthulibhadra in around to — BC. Some of wgam oldest known books in Hindi and Gujarati were written by Jain scholars.

Agam or Canonical Literature Agam Sutras. This anuyoga consists of the following texts which contain philosophical doctrine, theories, metaphysics, Tattvajnan, and like literature.

Jain literature

Agam or Canonical Literature Agam Sutras Agam literature consists of many texts, which are the sacred books of the Jain religion. The Agam Sutras show great reverence for all forms of life and strict codes of vegetarianism, asceticism, nonviolence, and opposition to war. Agam literature is also divided into two groups: It also explains how a person can attain heaven in the next life. Part of a series on. This agam describes nonviolence, Jain metaphysics, and the refutation of other religious theories such as Kriyavada, Akriyavada, Ajnanavada, and Vinayavada.


This agam explains which of the ten kinds of repentance Prayashchittas is agqm for a particular wrongdoing done by monks and nuns. This agam describes the names, positions, and residences of Devas angels that live in heaven.

Jain Agamas – Wikipedia

Jains have contributed to India’s classical and popular literature. Jain literature is primarily divided between Digambara literature and Svetambara literature.

For example, almost all early Kannada literature and many Tamil works were written by Jains. These scriptures are said to have contained the most comprehensive and accurate description of every branch of learning that one needs to know. The scriptures which describe independent or miscellaneous subjects of the Jain religion are known as Prakirna-sutra. This agam briefly describes and explains the conduct of ascetic life. The second Purva-agam named Agraya-niya was used as the basis for this scripture.

Jain Agama Literature

However, they believe that they were gradually lost starting from one hundred fifty years after Lord Mahavir’s nirvana. The Agamas were composed of the following forty-six texts: It also explains how a person can attain heaven in the next life. This agam explains differences in the death of children, youths, adults, and old people. Abam agam describes the story of King Konika’s children. The Shatkhand-agam is also known as Maha-kammapayadi-pahuda or Maha-karma-prabhrut. This agam describes the story of ten princes.


This agam describes the splendid procession view of King Konika when he visited Lord Mahavir.

Jain Agamas

This agam describes the five great vows mahavratas and the dutras worst sins defined in the Jain religion. It also describes the types of vows a wise person should take during various states of illness and how he should beg sutraz pardon of all living beings in the universe.

This agam explains how to completely give up the worst sins and how to repent these sins. Mulachar Vattaura A. Fourteen Purvas The Prior Knowledge — considered totally lost. Lord Mahavir’s immediate disciples were known as Ganadharas.

Fourteen Purvas The Prior Knowledge — considered totally lost. It also describes the penance of Lord Mahavir.

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