Tattvarth Sutra

Course Eligibility : Genral education and basic Knowledge of Internet

Course Duration : Minimum six months

Begins On : Self Paced


Tattwarthsutra, also known as Moksh Shastra is a very famous text written Acharya Uma Swami. He was disciple of Acharya Kund-Kund and his work is considered very authentic. It is a popular text and accepted by all sects of Jains. Many commentaries have been written on it. Some of them have been very extensive. All important principles and aspects of Jain Philosophy have been included in this book. It has ten important chapters. Various topics such as Faith and Knowledge, the category of living, the lower and Middle world, celestial beings, the category of the non-living, influx of karma, the five vows, bondage of karmas, stoppage and dissociation (Shedding) of karmas and liberation. In sum, it is all about the principles to be understood to embark on the path of Moksha and achieve the same.


Unit -I
Faith and Knowledge,
The Category of the Living

Unit -II
The Lower and Middle World
Celestial Beings
The category of the non-living

Unit -III
Influx of Karma
The five vows
Bondage of karmas

Unit - IV
Stoppage and dissociation (Shedding) of karmas


The program does not specify any restrictions in terms of age and qualifications for taking up a given course. The objective is to make these courses available to anyone with an interest in Jain Philosophy.

However, it is suggested that one should carefully select the course depending on one’s interest in the subject, current level of understanding of Jain Philosophy, experience and educational qualification. The Idea is that one should benefit from the course in terms of usefulness in one’s life, changed perception about things around us and develop deep rooted interest in Jain Philosophy so that one can embark on the path of moksha.

Those who have no exposure to Jain Principles should start with Balbodh or Vitrag Vigyan and later on take Tatavagyan depending on individual aptitude. It is advisable to look at the syllabus before making up the choice. However, some might have primary understanding of Jain Principles can take opt for Jain Siddhant Prashnottarmala to sharpen existing ability. To continue to have interest in Jain Principles requires maturity and prior exposure to these concepts.

If an individual has interest in studying simple Jain text it is advised that one can select Chhahdhala which contains many Jain Principles and describes the path to Moksha in lucid manner. This text is also known as mini – Samaysar. In case you have not read any Jain text, It is better to start with this one. If an aspiring student has already gone through Chhahdhala, one can take Tattvaarthsutra to know more about Jain Principles in a very systematic manner. Those who have exposure to either of these two text, then it is advisable to opt for Samaysar. In absence of knowledge of basic Jain Principles and the terms used in Jain Philosophy, it may be difficult to follow Samaysar. It is our sincere wish that everyone should study Samaysar at some stage so that one can really learn about their own soul and the real path to Moksha.

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