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Syadvada Manjari In Jainism – What Is The Book About?

Syadvada Manjari was the only work of Mallisena, a Svetambara Jain saint of the 13th century CE. It is said to have been completed in 1292 CE. This Sanskrit work is a commentary on Hemachandra’s Anya-yoga-vyavacchedika, written in the 12th century CE. It is a philosophical work in which some of the metaphysical tenets of Jainism are explained.

The philosophical tenets of other systems popular in ancient and medieval India are also brought to light through the refutation of the doctrines of Vaisheshika, Naiyayika, Samkhya, Mimamsa, Lokayata and Buddhism.

As the title suggests, it is ‘a cluster of flowers of the Syadvada doctrine’.

The Syadvada doctrine of the Jainas is a logical corollary of Anekantavada (non-absolutism) and logical expression of Nayavada (multidimensional viewpoints). Syadvada is also called Saptabhangi because of its seven-fold prediction. The term yoga is used to connote systems,and the various philosophical systems are refuted after analyzing the doctrines.

Mallisena has mentioned Udaya Prabha Suri was his spiritual master and guide. Apart from this we do not get any information about this birth and life. Although he has not written much, his commentary Syadvada manjari speaks volumes for his in depth study of the Indian philosophical doctrines and systems.

Madhvacharya in his Sarvadarsana-samgraha has mentioned this work and Yasovijayaji has written Syadvada manjusha based on Syadvada manjari.