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Pravachanasara, is a text composed by Jain monk, Kundakunda, in about the mid-second century BC. It means "Essence of Scriptures" or "Essence of Sermons" or "Essence of Doctrine". In the text, Kundakunda shows how the correct understanding of the duality of self and others leads to that defining characteristic of Digambara
Digambara
mendicant praxis, nudity.[2] It consists of three chapters and 275 verses. First chapter consists of 92 verses and it describes attributes of Supreme Beings and outlines the first steps in the process of transforming oneself into a Supreme Being. Second chapter consists of 108 verses and it describes laws of interaction between space, time particles, elementary matter particles, compound matter particles, motion and souls in the Cosmos. Third chapter consists of 75 verses and it is aimed at delineating the bases of correct mendicant praxis. Acharya Jayasena
Jayasena
has written a commentary on Pravachanasara
Pravachanasara
titled Tatparyavritti (i.e. the Purport).[3] See also[edit]

List of Jain texts

Acharya Amrutchandra has also written a commentary on Kundkund Acharya's Pravachansara - the text is listed in the reference section below. Notes[edit]

^ Jaini 1991, p. 33. ^ Cort 1998, p. 10. ^ Jaini 1991, p. 139.

References[edit]

Cort, John E. (10 July 1998), Open Boundaries: Jain Communities and Cultures in Indian History, SUNY Press, ISBN 0-7914-3785-X  Jaini, Padmanabh S. (1991), Gender and Salvation: Jaina Debates on the Spiritual Liberation of Women, University of California Press, ISBN 0-520-06820-3  Pravachansaar (Pravachanasara) in prakrit, sanskrit, hindi and gujarati text in pdf format can be found at 

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