Pancastikayasara

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Pancastikayasara
Pancastikayasara
Pancastikayasara
Information
ReligionJainism
AuthorKundakunda
Period1st century B.C.
Verses180

Pañcastikayasara (en: the essence of reality), is an ancient Jain text authored by Acharya Kundakunda.[1] Kundakunda explains the Jain concepts of dravya (substance) and Ethics. The work serves as a brief version of the Jaina philosophy. There are total 180 verses written in Prakrit language.[2] The text is about five (panch) āstikāya, substances that have both characteristics, viz. existence as well as body.

Āstikāya[edit]

Five āstikāya

The five āstikāya mentioned in the text are :—[3]

  1. Jīva (soul),
  2. Pudgala (matter),
  3. Dharma (medium of motion),
  4. Adharma (medium of rest), and
  5. Akasa (space)

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • Kundakunda, Acharya; Chakravarti, Appaswami; Upādhye, Ādinātha Neminātha (2001), Ācārya Kundakunda's Pañcāstikāya-sāra, p. 16, ISBN 978-81-263-1813-1
  • Jaini, Padmanabh S. (1991), Gender and Salvation: Jaina Debates on the Spiritual Liberation of Women, University of California Press, ISBN 0-520-06820-3