Jainism - The Syādvāda
Type of Spiritual Experience
The Syādvāda is the doctrine devised to help adherents understand the nature of reality, or in fact the very fact they are not perceiving reality and can never perceive reality because of the nature of the 5 senses and the way the perception function works.
The Sanskrit etymological root of the term syād is "perhaps" or "maybe", but in the context of syādvāda it means "in some ways" or "from some perspective."
A description of the experience
- syād-asti—in some ways, it is;
- syād-nāsti—in some ways, it is not;
- syād-asti-nāsti—in some ways, it is, and it is not;
- syād-asti-avaktavyaḥ—in some ways, it is, and it is indescribable;
- syād-nāsti-avaktavyaḥ—in some ways, it is not, and it is indescribable;
- syād-asti-nāsti-avaktavyaḥ—in some ways, it is, it is not, and it is indescribable;
- syād-avaktavyaḥ—in some ways, it is indescribable.
The source of the experienceJainism
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
SuppressionsContemplation and detachment
Squash the big I am