A WORD OF CAUTION: this is what is required of monks and is not binding on the lay person or householder.
|Introduction and Methodology|
While writing the diary, we have kept in mind to lay down a true, as-it-is account of Jain monks. We do not try to paint a rosy, supra-normal or divine picture as happens mostly while writing about the monks. Rather we will take the liberty to say we have painted no picture at all.
Diary simply compiles informal conversations happened over three visits with Shwetambar Jain Sadhvi Popat Maharasa, and their interpretation in sub-text according to the Jain scriptures and traditions.
Though Jain monks are subject to uniform lifestyle and regulation, a lot of the text may not confer to other Jain monks. There are variations in terms of firmness in following prescribed lifestyle. Additionally the interviewed monk was female, and of young age, having roots in semi-rural part of Rajasthan. These attributes too significantly impact the overall case. Then there are differences in prescribed lifestyle itself…
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