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Ācārya Kundakunda’s Samayasāra – with Hindi and English Translation (Thoroughly Revised Second Edition) आचार्य कुन्दकुन्द विरचित समयसार (आद्योपांत संशोधित द्वितीय संस्करण) 1.0.0

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Main Author: Ācārya Kundakunda

Divine Blessings: Ācārya Vidyānanda Muni (1st Edition);

Ācārya Viśuddhasāgara Muni (2nd Edition)

Editor and Translator: Vijay K. Jain

Language Note: Prakrit, Hindi and English

Publisher: Vijay Kumar Jain, 2022

Subjects: Jainism – Doctrines – Early works to 1800

Description: xlii + 238 p. (total 280 p.); 24 x 17 x 2.5 cm

ISBN: 978-93-5680-382-4

Format: Book; Hard-bound


Ācārya Kundakunda’s (circa 1st century BCE) ‘Samayasāra’ is among the most profound and sacred expositions in the Jaina religious tradition; it is perhaps the finest spiritual texts that we are able to lay our hands on in the present era. The original text is in Prakrit language and contains a total of 415 verses (gāthā).

‘Samayasāra’ is the exposition of the Pure (śuddha) ‘Self’ or ‘Soul’. It is the exposition, from the transcendental point-of-view (niścaya naya), of the ‘Real Self’ or it is the ‘Essence of the Soul’.

The assertions that the soul (jīva) gets bound to the karmic matter (dravya-karma) or that it does not get bound to the karmic matter are made from different points-of-view (naya). But that which transcends all points-of-view is the ultimate truth, the ‘samayasāra’, absolute and pure soul-substance.

Edited by Vijay K Jain

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