Teachings of Jainism
Mahavira did not believe
in the existence of God. He considered that God is the highest, the noblest
and the fullest manifestation of all the powers which lie latent in the
soul of man. The teachings of Mahavira were simple. He based his teachings
on three thoughts Right Faith, Right Knowledge and Right Conduct or Action.
These three teachings are called Triratna or Three jewels.
Spread of Jainism
Mahavira organized Sanghas. There were both men and women in them. They spread Jainism. His followers were called Digambaras (nudes) and Swedambaras (those who wear white clothes). He preached his religion in Prakrit language which was the language of the masses. So people understood his teachings easily. They started showing interest in Jainism. Rulers like Bimbisara, Ajatasatru in North India extended support.
In South India, Kun Pandian, Mahendravarma I and Kharave of Kafinga showed interest in Jainism.
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