It is fairly hard to follow the verses without aid from the notes by the translator. A few terse and pithy lines from to Sutra to encourage wider readership and appreciation of this great work.
What do souls do?
Souls render service to one another.
Soul is defined as:
Sentience is the defining characteristic of the soul.
On variety of views:
The philosophical standpoints are: the common person's view, generic view, practical view, linear view and literal view.
anugrahartham svasyatisargo danam
Charity consists in offering alms to the qualified person for one's own benefit.
Contemplation is pondering over the contents of the scriptures.
bharatah sadvinsa-pamcayaojanasata-vistarah sat caikonavimsatibhaga yojanasya
The continent of Bharata is 526 6/19 yojanas wide.
India was then 7695 KM wide. Today, India is 2933 KM wide, east to west.
tadanantaram urdhvam gacchaty a lokantat
When all karmic bondage is eliminated, the soul soars upwards to the border of cosmic space
The appendix includes notes on numbers, measurement of time, measurement of space, and other headings useful to interpret the verses. Number 2 is considered the minimum numerable as one does not lend itself to counting. Various grades of infinity are discussed as well.
The Tattvartha Sutra is based on the sermons of Lord Mahavira transmitted through his immediate disciples. The attempt to achieve omniscience and liberation through incessant thought and analysis is refreshingly enlightening even today.