Ideologies and Realms of Value

John E. Cort

in Jains in the World

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780195132342
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834112 | DOI:
 						Ideologies and Realms of Value

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Summarizes the previous discussions of well‐being in Jainism, and analyzes the way the religious lives of the Jains give expression to a symbolically expressed religious value. The chapter shows how we can see a ”family” of well‐being values (similar to what other authors of South Asia have termed ”auspiciousness”) in Jain belief and practice, as expressed in the goddess Laksmi (Lakshmi), and concepts such as kalyan (”welfare”), subh (”good, auspicious”), punya (”merit”), and mangal (”auspicious, holy”). In conclusion, the chapter argues that to study only world‐renunciation aimed at liberation from the world is insufficient for a full understanding of Jainism as lived religious experience, for Jain practices and beliefs are equally concerned with living a full, rich life in the world.

Keywords: auspiciousness; kalyan; Laksmi; Lakshmi; mangal; merit; punya; religious values; subh; well‐being

Chapter.  8085 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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