An Introduction To Jainism ► [11] Nine Categories of Truth (Tattvas)

Posted: 06.12.2008

Nine Categories of Truth (Tattvas)

All the philosophies of the world have different traditions and beliefs. They have their own metaphysics. Jain philosophy has its own metaphysics.

A category of Truth means real entity.

Principally they can be classified into:

  1. Living being (Jīva)
  2. Non-living being (Ajīva)

All the visible and non-visible substances of the world are included in these two.

These two can be further classified into nine tattvas:

1

Jīva

soul or sentient-being

2

Ajīva

non-soul or non-sentient

3

Punya

merit

4

Papa

demerit

5

Āśrava

cause of influx of karma

6

Samvara

cause of stoppage of influx of karma

7

Nirjarā

shedding off of karmas

8

Bandha

bondage of karma

9

Mokṣa

emancipation

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