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The Unknown Pilgrims - The Voice of the Sadhvis
The Unknown Pilgrims - The Voice of the Sadhvis

The Unknown Pilgrims - The Voice of the Sadhvis

by N Shanta

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Language

English

Publisher

Sri Satguru Publications

ISBN

8170305357 - Year: 1997 - Pages: 806

Binding

Hardcover

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Author: N Shanta
Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications
Year: 1997
Language: English
Pages: 806
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170305357

Description

This book permits us to penetrate within one of the most ancient ascetic spirituality, that followed by some 6000 Jaina women ascetics. Written with their collaboration, it presents to the reader their life of radical renunciation of which one of the hallmarks is incessant pilgrimage, a regular shifting from one place to the next in a sustained striving towards self-purification, a striving of which the final goal is Nirvana.

Here then we have before us the whole Jaina tradition, presented through scriptures, ancient texts, biographies, epigraphy and iconography. Here too we may observe its outworking in contemporary daily life and its contribution to inter-cultural and inter-monastic encounter. Furthermore, it is not without interest that this study finds its own proper place in an age which is rediscovering feminine values.

At a time when so many people are taking a deep interest in Asian spiritualities we find here an original and strictly defined spiritual path and also a spiritual teaching whose strength and subtlety merit our attention and invites us to embark on an authentic spiritual journey.

Contents

PRESENTATION

AUTHOR’S PREFACE

TECHNICAL NOTE

NAMASKARA-MANTRA

GENERAL INTRODUCTION

Part I: A Brief Survey of a long Tradition

Part II: The Path Leading to Nirvana

Part III: The Never-Ending Pilgrimage

Part IV: Cosmic and Purificatory Rite

APPENDICES

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX OF AGAMAS AND TEXTS OF DOCTRINES

INDEX OF SANSKRIT AND PRAKRIT WORDS

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