Master of Arts (MA)
First Advisor's Name
Dr. Steven. M. Vose
First Advisor's Committee Title
Second Advisor's Name
Second Advisor's Committee Title
Third Advisor's Name
Third Advisor's Committee Title
Ambiguity, analytical study, avadhijñāna (clairvoyance), destruction-cum- suppression (kśayopaśama), karma, righteousness, spirituality.
Date of Defense
This thesis is an analytical study of the place of clairvoyance (avadhijñāna) in Jain epistemology and soteriology. It argues that avadhijñāna occupies an ambivalent position regarding both, since it is not solely attained by means of spiritual progression but may also spontaneously arise regardless of a being’s righteousness (samyaktva). Beginning with a survey of descriptions of avadhijñāna in the canons of each sect, including a translation of Nandisūtra 12-28, it examines how commentaries, philosophy and narrative literature developed and elaborated upon avadhijñāna as part of its epistemological system. Further, it examines the nexus of avadhijñāna and karma theory to understand the role of clairvoyance in the cultivation of the three jewels—correct perception, knowledge, and conduct—that lead to liberation (mokṣa). Finally, several examples of clairvoyants from Jain narratives show how clairvoyance reamined an ambivalent tool for virtuous transformation in popular literature.
Ashok Kumar, Kuldeep, "Clairvoyance in Jainism: Avadhijñāna in Philosophy, Epistemology and Literature" (2018). FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3700.
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