Dear Vikasji,

Jai Jinendra

There are 'Infinite' living beings in this universe. And 'Infinite' souls

have fought for and gained liberation. But there is vast gap between the

two quantities. The total number of those who have gained liberation is not

even a fraction of total number of souls that exist in the universe. In

fact, the total number of souls that have gained liberation is not even a

fraction of total number of souls in a single body of *Nigoda. *And there

are innumerable such *Nigoda-*bodies that exist across the universe at any

given time.

Let me elucidate further. There are 9 types of 'Infinite' that are spoken

of, in Jainism, as such kind of classification is required to group similar

entities of the universe together. Let us call these, as Infinite-1,

Infinite-2 and so on. Now, each of these infinite is infinitely greater

than previous one. Infinite - 9 >>> Infinite - 8 >>> Infinite -7 and so on.

The gap between previous and later infinite is such that even after

squaring or raising the previous infinite to its own power would lead to a

quantity which is still a fraction of the subsequent infinite.

Coming back to your question, that would not the universe be emptied (of

worldly souls)?

It is said that time consists of 'samayas', which is the smallest possible

division of time. Acc. to jainism, time is infinite, it is without

beginning or end. Time consists of 'Infinite samayas'. However, the

'Infinite' which is referred over here is of the 4th kind. But the total

number of souls in this universe are of 8th kind. At any given moment

(samaya), the highest number of souls which can achieve simultaneous

liberation is 108. 108 x Infinite- 4 ~ Infinite- 4, which is still a small

fraction of the total number of worldly souls the universe carries. This

must answer your query.

A person is bound to doubt over here, whether different kinds of Infinites

are possible or not? If yes, how can we say smaller infinite to be

'Infinite' in strict sense of the word, as it is only a fraction as

compared to larger Infinites, and in the sense that it getting an

upper-limit, when we say that there is a quantity that is greater than it.

But this can proven by logic.

Imagine a single line, extending in both directions. Let number of points

that exist on this line be N-1. N-1, as anyone having basic knowledge on

mathematics, shall understand is Infinite, as line consist of Infinite

points. Second example is that of Plane, which extends in all directions.

Let number of points that exist on the plane be N-2. N-2 is also infinite,

as a plane consists of Infinite points. But when we compare N-1 and N-2,

N-1 is only fraction of N-2. However, both are 'infinite' in their own

respect, which no one can deny, however one is also justified to say that

N-1 is only fraction of N-2. Infinity-ness of both are not affected by this

fact. Similarly, various kinds of infinities also exist when the certain

entities of universe are grouped together, and which, if one may be allowed

to relate to the analogy described, are representative of different domains

and dimensions.

If anything against Jina-aagnya has been mentioned, I ask for Michchami

Dukkadam.

Regards

Bhavik