This dharma is absolutely independent, unique and systematised among the religions of the world. It has its own philosophy; it has a code of counduct tested by time. It has a unique outlook and wisdom. By means of this dharma, it is possible to see and examine the nature and real dimensions of every object in this universe.
There is no definite day or date for commencing to live according to this dharma. Moreover, this dharma does not have any seer who first preached and expounded it. The Jain dharma has been in existence from times immemorial. In relation to time, that which undergoes changes according to the passage of time, naturally passes through the phases of gradual evolution and gradual decline. This process of development and decline continues in the endless and boundless flow of time.