Abstract Thinking: [04.01] Bhavana Of Transmigration

Published: 13.09.2006
Updated: 06.10.2008

All living beings are not alike; nor are all men. All differ from one another in intelligence, wealth and capacity. Those who possess these are filled with pride; those who are devoid of them develop an inferiority complex. The remedy for this two-fold disease is the bhavana of transmigration. The world is subject to change. No individual in it can continue in the same state forever. In one life- time, an individual experiences many different states. What he experiences during many life times, none can tell. A person, who is permeated with the bhavana of change, does not suffer from inferiority or superiority complex.

Today's scientists also recognize that matter is never destroyed; it only changes its form. The religious people have been saying it from time immemorial that the living and the non-living, the animate and the inanimate, are two independent substances. The whole universe has been created out of these two. Both of them are eternal. The worldly soul is not altogether free from the heterogeneous element, since it is required to wander all over the world. In the bhavana of transmigration, the sadhak perceives and feels thus: "How long have I been roaming about this world? There is no form of existence in which I have not taken birth. I have been born a number of times in every shape and condition. Shall I go on roaming like that forever? He perceives various kinds of suffering in all forms of existence. He wants to break away from this bondage of endless transmigration. Attachment and aversion are the principal causes of transmigration. As long as these continue, the total freedom of the soul remains unmanifested. The contemplation of worldly life in various forms and conditions constitutes the bhavana of transmigration.

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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