Jainism - Philosophies of India – Dr Heinrich Zimmer
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Philosophies of India – Dr Heinrich Zimmer [edited by Joseph Campbell]
The metaphor of the bubble is one that is used frequently in the Jaina texts. The life monad rises, passing through the celestial regions of the gods where radiant beings still burdened by the weight of virtuous karma enjoy the fruits of former lives of benignant thought and action. Self luminous, transparent, the balloon ascends to the dome of the world – that highest sphere called the ‘slightly inclined’ (isat-pragbhara) which is whiter than milk and pearls, more resplendent than gold and crystal and has the shape of a divine umbrella .