It is related of the founder himself, the Maha-vira, that after twelve years' penance he thus obtained Nirvana (Jacobi, Jaina Sutras, i.
Such sutras were therefore the recognized form of preserving and communicating opinion.
Shortly after the Buddha's time the Brahmins had their sutras in Sanskrit, already a dead language.
384, and from it the sutras and images of northern Buddhism were carried to Japan, as well as Chinese letters and ethics.
Madhva - who after his initiation assumed the name Anandatirtha - composed numerous Sanskrit works, including commentaries on the Brahma sutras (i.e.