Samsara

Published: 11.09.2005
Updated: 18.09.2012
Alias(es)
Saṁsāra, Saṃsāra

The Sanskrit term samsara means the everlasting and eternal cycle of birth, death and rebirth, wherein every being is involved. According to Jaina doctrine only human beings are able to attain salvation (moksha) from this painful cycle.

Shvetambaras believe that both men and women are able to attain salvation. In contrast, Digambaras have a more orthodox perception that salvation is available only by men. Thus, Digambara community contains only monks but no nuns, so to become an ascetic women must first reincarnate as a man.

References

Share this page on:
Page glossary
Some texts contain  footnotes  and  glossary  entries. To distinguish between them, the links have different colors.
  1. Digambara
  2. Digambaras
  3. JAINA
  4. Jaina
  5. Moksha
  6. Sanskrit
Page statistics
This page has been viewed 7508 times.
© 1997-2020 HereNow4U, Version 4.03
Home
About
Contact us
Disclaimer
Social Networking

HN4U Deutsche Version
Today's Counter: