Jains and violence

Lars Martin Fosse l.m.fosse at internet.no
Sun May 25 09:50:06 UTC 1997

Fred Smith wrote:

>Does anyone know how Jain kings / rulers handled violence? I recently
>learned that a few Jains ruled in Karnataka and elsewhere over the
>millennia. Given their unstinting dedication to non-violence on the one
>hand and the necessity of violence in ruling and defending a kingdom on
>the other, I wonder how they resolved it. Are there any Jain treatises on
>raajaniiti or any descriptions of what they actually did?

While we are on the subject of Jains, does anybody know about Jain
cosmologies/cosmogonies/sociogonies? I am interested in a) references to
scholarly books about such themes, and b) references to Jaina scriptures
treating these themes.

Best regards,

Lars Martin Fosse

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