Essay heading: Jainism

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As jiva and ajiva blend, karmic matter, the cause of human bondage, chains the soul to this earth. Promoting meditation, thoughtfulness, and abstinence as methods to shed karma, Mahavira established a solid base of devout disciples who followed tenets of self-discipline and non-violence and established a religion that appealed to a monastic lifestyle...
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Erecting gleaming white marble temples, they constructed realms of purity in which they could pursue lives of non-attachment. Munis (Jain monks) must take five vows: ahimsa, honesty, celibacy, refraining from stealing, and non-attachment. After firmly controlling his external senses and entering the community, monks rarely stay in the temple, instead traveling in small groups of five to twenty in order to preach and live as mendicants amongst the laymen...
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