Standing Jain tirthankara, 9th C. Tamil or Nadu India Copper alloy Nude a uniquely Jain form. In the standing posture of "body abandonment" with arms unsupported by the body. This physically exacting pose is the most extreme expression of Jainism's central premise, ahimsa, "nonviolence" to all living creatures. To maintain complete immobility to ensure no harm to any creature. Jainism predates Buddhism and rivals Hinduism's claim to be India's oldest continuously practiced faith.