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Mahavira's teachings are more or less duplicated in the Jainism page. We can prune the extra material and keep here only the details that cannot be found on the Jainism page. Jay 22:32, 13 Aug 2003 (UTC)
I've checked and I don't see an excessive overlap in content, but have moved the Jain prayer section to Jainism. The Teachings section that is here should stay IMO. It covers what Mahavir taught during his lifetime, which is not entirely the same as covering present-day Jain beliefs and practices. Mkweise 04:28, 14 Aug 2003 (UTC)
Mahavira was married as per Swetambar belief whereas as per Digambar belief Mhavir never married. Similarly Mahavir was not a son of King Siddharth and Queen Trishla. It is believed that the embryo of Mahavira was transferred from a woman named Devananda to queen Trisala. This was because, as per the jain philosophy, a Tirthankara cannot be born is the Brahmin caste, and since Devananda was a Brahmin, the embryo of Mahavira was transferred.
"Tirthankara" should be in italics throughout the article. Either say "Tirthankara" or "tirthankara".Done-- Pankaj Jain Capankajsmilyo(talk·contribs·count) 08:24, 1 March 2016 (UTC)
In general, all non-English words should be in italics. Please check this.
You should be consistent in whether you write numbers in digits or words (you say twenty-four, then 30). Numbers less than or equal to ten should be written only in words as per the MoS.Done-- Pankaj Jain Capankajsmilyo(talk·contribs·count) 08:24, 1 March 2016 (UTC)
"has eight cardinal (law of trust) principles, three metaphysical (dravya, jiva and ajiva), and five ethical" --> "has eight cardinal (law of trust), three metaphysical (dravya, jiva and ajiva), and five ethical principles."Done-- Pankaj Jain Capankajsmilyo(talk·contribs·count) 08:24, 1 March 2016 (UTC)
I think this section should come after "Life events"
Mahavira's teachings form the basis for Jain texts. --> Jain texts are based on Mahavira's teachings
five major vows (vratas) I think this should be "(vratas) (vows)" as you should explain "vratas" by "vows", not the other way round.Done -- Pankaj Jain Capankajsmilyo(talk·contribs·count) 02:54, 3 March 2016 (UTC)
If all the teachings are supported by ref. no. 25, simply add it at the end of "...were preached by Mahavira" and remove the other mentions.Done -- Pankaj Jain Capankajsmilyo(talk·contribs·count) 02:54, 3 March 2016 (UTC)
I don't think we need to link "Non violence" after linking "Ahimsa". Same for Aparigraha (Non-possession)Done -- Pankaj Jain Capankajsmilyo(talk·contribs·count) 02:54, 3 March 2016 (UTC)
Follow a common style in the list. All bullets should start like "Ahimsa (Non Violence) - ", "Satya (Truthfulness) -" etc.Done -- Pankaj Jain Capankajsmilyo(talk·contribs·count) 02:54, 3 March 2016 (UTC)
so we should train our minds I think it would be more encyclopedic to say " so one should train their mind". Similarly in the list write "like one expects their own sanctity" This would improve the quality of the text.Done -- Pankaj Jain Capankajsmilyo(talk·contribs·count) 02:54, 3 March 2016 (UTC)
to reduce the choppiness, we could combine and write sentences as "Belonging to the Kashyapa Gotra, he was born on the thirteenth day of the rising moon of Chaitra in the Vira Nirvana Samvat calendar. In the Gregorian calendar, this date falls in March or April and is celebrated as Mahavir Jayanti."
Traditionally, Kundalapura in the ancient city of Vaishali is regarded as his birthplace Earlier you said it is Kundagrama.
After his birth, anointment and consecration (abhisheka), carried out by Indra on Mount Meru, the axis of the central cosmic contingent of Jambudvipa, he was given the name Vardhmana. looks confusing, better write "After his birth, anointment and consecration (abhisheka) - carried out by Indra on Mount Meru, the axis of the central cosmic contingent of Jambudvipa - he was given the name Vardhmana."
Why is "Kundalpur" linked so late? The birthplace is not named similarly in all places.
went without clothes --> discarded his clothes
is graphic description --> is a graphic description
Acharanga Sutra and Vaishali are linked once again
Kalpa Sūtra (122) What does "122" mean?
twelve and a half --> twelve-and-a-half
Can we link Sala-tree and Barakar?
Acharanga sutra "S" in caps
For a period of 30 years after omniscience --> For a period of 30 years since having gained omniscience
According to the tradition Which tradition?
Pawapuri and Bihar are duplinks
Mahavira attained moksha, i.e. his soul is believed to have become Siddha (soul at its purest form), aged seventy-two --> Mahavira attained moksha - his soul is believed to have become Siddha (soul at its purest form) - at the age of seventy-two
According to Mahapurana --> According to the Mahapurana same for Pravachansara
only nails and hair of tirthankaras are left behind --> only the nails and hair of tirthankaras are left behind
a Jain temple, called Jal Mandir stands --> a Jain temple, called Jal Mandir, stands
@Capankajsmilyo: and @जैन: This article is indeed a good work but Earwig's copyvio detector shows 85.3% possibility of copyvio from []. The article may need major rewording. Sainsf <^>Talk all words 12:25, 19 March 2016 (UTC)
@Sainsf: Many websites copy content from Wiki and this is just one example. -Nimit (talk) 17:11, 20 March 2016 (UTC)
Nimit, this is quite true, and indeed that site was a virtual copy of our article as it stood on April 3, 2015 (two days before that sohansinghpurohit site updated that article on April 5, 2015). However, I do find what I believe is overly close paraphrasing of reference 24 (http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~pluralsm/affiliates/jainism/article/mahavira1.htm) in the final paragraph of the Teachings section. Compare the following (bold indicates identical text with the article; italics indicates a variant form of a word):
Source: Pursuit of pleasure as an endless game
Article: Mahavira also taught that pursuit of pleasure is an endless game
Source: mental poise and spiritual balance. A voluntary limitationof property is community virtue which results in social justice and fair distribution of utility commodities. The strong and the rich should not weed out the weak and the poor
Article: mental poise and spiritual balance. One should voluntarily limit acquisition of property as a community virtue which results in social justice and fair distribution of utility commodities. The strong and the rich should not try to suppress the weak and the poor
Source: Any attemptto enforce these qualities by an external and legal authority, either on the individual or society, will leadto hypocrisy or secret criminal tendencies.
Article: Attempting to enforce these five qualities by an external and legal authorityleads to hypocrisy or secret criminal tendencies.
Sainsf, thanks for pointing out the copyvio issues with Talk:Jain monasticism/GA1; they were quite serious, and I had to remove large chunks of the article to remove the copyvio sections. (They were introduced into the article by an inexperienced Wikipedian on February 20, 2012, and went unnoticed until now.) I've pinged Nikkimaria to make sure there aren't any other issues. BlueMoonset (talk) 04:31, 21 March 2016 (UTC)
@Capankajsmilyo: Marvelous! All the issues appear resolved now. I am really impressed by all the proper italics and helpful definitions for the foreign terms. It is good that you initiated a discussion on italics for "Mahavira", it is not a GA issue and can take its time for the discussion. Just a few final comments: Sainsf <^>Feel at home 08:08, 5 April 2016 (UTC)
I think at least in some cases the numbers in the lead should be in digits. It will appear less wordy. "seventy-two", for example, will look better as "72".
Under Biographies, Other texts including Kalpa Sūtra describe the life of Mahavira appears unsourced.