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maharani
Maharashtra
Maharif
maharik
maharishi
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
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Mahath
Mahathir bin Mohamad
mahatma
Mahatma Gandhi
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Mahayana Buddhism
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Mahdi
Mahdi, al-
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Mahavira definitions

Britannica Concise

Indian reformer of the Jaina monastic community, last of the 24 Tirthankaras, or saints, who founded Jainism. Born into the warrior caste, he renounced the world at 30 for a life of extreme asceticism. He had no possessions, not even rags to cover his body or a bowl for alms or food, and after 12 years he attained kevala, the highest stage of perception. An advocate of nonviolence and vegetarianism, he revived and reorganized Jaina doctrine and established rules for its monastic order. His followers made five vows of renunciation (see Jaina vrata).




 


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