Jainism’s Tattvartha Sutra Verses on Creation
All over the world, we are beginning to appreciate that interfaith environmental activism is a brilliant vehicle for building peace. Joining together in common interest for conservation of Earth’s natural resources provides a level field from which to form new relationships.
EdenKeeper’s Saturday series on creation and nature in Sacred Scriptures is based on the premise that our beliefs share common ground. Just as we share common ground, meaning the Earth we live on, so our beliefs share common ground, common respect, common love for creation, for nature, for the Earth that we all live on.
Sharing Turns Strangers Into Friends
Sharing our beliefs often has the happy effect of turning strangers into friends. Because the more we learn about each other, the less strange we seem. It’s not necessary for all of us to become the same, we simply need to treat each other with a same degree of respect.
A storehouse of interfaith resources, especially related to environmental activism, the Alliance of Religion and Conservation is a very inspiring organization. ARC’s recent appreciative statement regarding the new Chinese Buddhist edict banning the trade and killing of wildlife introduced me to their treasure trove of faith-based statements on the environment.
Jainism’s Fundamental Relationship With Ecology
This week’s Saturday Sacred Scripture focus is on Jainism, and it is a pleasure to share some of the enlightening information on Jainism gleaned from ARC’s excellent website:
Within this comprehensive statement on Jainism, Dr L. M. Singhvi, President of the Jain Institute, outlines the history and beliefs of the Jains. For the purposes of our Saturday series, the common ground related to the natural environment is profoundly expressed in Jainism’s belief in the universe:
The Tattvartha Sutra
There are two sects within Jainism, the Svetambara, and the Digambara. The Sacred Scripture revered by both sects is called the Tattvartha Sutra, a compilation of Jain doctrine written by Umasvati, also known as UmaSwami. The Tattvartha Sutra, sometimes known as the Moksh Shastra, contains around 350 verses divided over ten chapters.
The following verses from the Tattvartha Sutra, illustrated by inspirational images from the public domain (pixabay.com), are offered as highlights of the fascinating relationship Jainism shares with creation and the natural environment:
“The function of space is to provide accommodation to all substances.”
For more beautiful verses and images, see the previous articles in this series:
● more to come, God Willing…
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(Top image note and source: Tattvartha Sutra, wikicommons)
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