Abstract Thinking: [08.04] Bhavana Of Influxes - Non-Abstinence

Published: 21.10.2006
Updated: 06.10.2008

Man is possessed of the instinct of craving. Because of this instinct, he is engrossed by material objects. He wants to acquire and enjoy them. As long as this mentality exists, he cannot abstain himself from material things. Therefore, this state is called non-abstinence. In this state, man's attention is wholly absorbed by material objects. Even though aware of the undesirable consequences flowing from this preoccupation with material things and wealth, he cannot renounce them. As a result of this infatuation, he is afflicted with fear. He is also tormented by the lust for living and the fear of death. It is this state of non-abstinence which is responsible for mutual confrontations, conflicts and grabbing and scrambling in social life.

Sources
  • Abstract Thinking
    by Acharya Mahaprajna, © 1988
  • Edited by  Muni Dulheraj
  • Translated by Muni Mahendra Kumar
  • Published by Jain Vishva Barati
  • Edition 1999 compiled by Samani Stith Pragya

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