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Religion Library: Jainism

Principles of Moral Thought and Action

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Jainism's three paramount principles are Ahimsa (non-violence), Anekantevad (many-sidedness or non-dogmatism), and Aparigraha (non-possessiveness). Thoughts and actions of all Jains should be guided by dispassionate detachment and compassion in an effort to burn off existing karma and prevent its accrual.


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