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Tulsi Badrinath

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199465187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465187.001.0001

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The Roots of Violence—I

The Roots of Violence—I

Jainism as Freedom from Fear*

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(p.117) 26 The Roots of Violence—I
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Chaturvedi Badrinath
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Tulsi Badrinath

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465187.003.0026

Jainism traces the roots of violence in absolutism of knowledge. Badrinath is of the opinion that the Jaina syada-vada suggests that to every assertion one has to add a syat, or a ‘maybe’, ‘perhaps’, or ‘in a sense’. This leads us to perceiving the truth of anything, or of any person, as not something ‘one-sided’ but ‘many-sided’ at the same time; that every variety of human violence, with its cruelty and degradation, has flowed from the competing one-sided ideas of what truth is, and hence from one-sided judgements about oneself and about others. Jainism liberates us from the violence of one-sided truths. Badrinath informs us that both the Mahabharata and Jainism say to us that to be sensitive at all times to the other dimensions of truth is the best form of security.

Keywords:   Jainism, Mahabharata, fear, anekanta-vada, Upanishads, definition of truth

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