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Vitality means Life

Vitality is life, life force, health, youth, or ability to live or exist. The word vitality is derived from the Latin word vita, which means "life."


According to Jain philosophy, there are ten vitalities or life-principles:[1]-

  • The five senses
    • Touch
    • Taste
    • Smell
    • Sight
    • Hearing
  • Energy
  • Respiration
  • Life-duration
  • The organ of speech
  • The mind

The table below summaries the vitalities, living beings possess in accordance to their senses.[2]

Senses Number of vitalities Vitalities
Four Sense organ of touch, strength of body or energy, respiration, and life-duration
Six The sense of taste and the organ of speech in addition to the former four
Seven Addition of the sense of smell
Eight Addition of the sense of sight
Nine Addition of the sense of hearing (Without Mind)
Ten With Mind

According to major Jain text, Tattvarthsutra: "The severance of vitalities out of passion is injury".[2]

Urban planning

In the context of urban planning, that vitality of a place is its capacity to grow or develop its liveliness and level of economic activity.[3]


  1. ^ Pujyapada (Shri.) (1960). S. A. Jain, ed. Reality. Vira Sasana Sangha. Archived from the original on 2015. Not in Copyright
  2. ^ a b Jain 2012, pp. 34–35.
  3. ^ "Planning Portal – Planning Portal Glossary: V".


  • Jain, Vijay K. (2012), Acharya Amritchandra's Purushartha Siddhyupaya, ISBN 9788190363945, Non-copyright
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