This dharma is absolutely independent, unique and
systematised among the religions of the world. It has its own philosophy;
it has a code of counduct tested by time. It has a unique outlook and
wisdom. By means of this dharma, it is possible to see and examine the
nature and real dimensions of every object in this universe. There is no
definite day or date for commencing to live according to this dharma.
Moreover, this dharma does not have any seer who first preached and
expounded it. The Jain dharma has been in existence from times immemorial.
In relation to time, that which undergoes changes according to the passage
of time, naturally passes through the phases of gradual evolution and
gradual decline. This process of development and decline continues in the
endless and boundless flow of time.