Posted: 17.07.2018
By Dr. N.L. Kachhara
The universe we live in has always been an object of inquiry. All ancient civilizations have pondered this matter and developed different philosophical understandings. The omniscient Tirthankaras experienced reality in its absolute form and therefore knew the whole loka . Mahavira replied to all questions about the loka . These descriptions given in the Agamas are based on direct experience. Modern science has...
Posted: 16.07.2018
By Dr. N.L. Kachhara
Manu Doshi, 2007 Acharya Mahaprajna, 2002 Srimad Nemichandra Siddhantadeva, 1995. AcharyaMahaprajna, 2013 Pt. Pannalal Jain, 1978. Muni Sumermal, 2012.
Posted: 15.07.2018
By Dr. N.L. Kachhara
On the elimination of psychical karma, the soul becomes omniscient and has infinite knowledge, jnana , infinite awareness and perception, darshana , infinite bliss and infinite soul power, virya . The passions, kashayas , and emotions, nokashayas , are absent and the conscious mind has ceased to exist. There is no thinking, no memory, no desire, no choices to make, and no likes and dislikes. The Omniscient only...
Posted: 14.07.2018
By Dr. N.L. Kachhara
Contemplation is useful for everyone, including scientists, scholars and spiritualists. It helps to know the properties of both the soul and matter. Traditionally, some scholars limit dharmadhyana to exploring only the soul, to the exclusion of science. However, this is a narrow view of contemplation. Gatha 55 of the Vrihad-Dravya Samgraha says that when a monk is contemplating an object and becomes one with...
Posted: 13.07.2018
By Dr. N.L. Kachhara
I will now describe meditation in more detail. Dhyana , meditation, is of four types: (1) aartadhyana , (2) raudradhyana , (3) dharmadhyana , and (4) shukladhyana. The first two types force the soul to be reborn and go into the cycle of life and death; the last two types help the soul to achieve liberation. Aartadhyana : Many people continuously worry about their painful and unhappy situations. Such mental...
Posted: 12.07.2018
By Dr. N.L. Kachhara
Some ways of shedding karma were described above. Truly speaking, it is difficult to completely separate the processes of inhibition and shedding of karma. Whatever measures are taken for inhibition also cause some shedding of karma and vice versa. In general, the measures described for inhibition are primarily aimed at fulfilling that objective and promoting annihilation by weakening the karma bonds...
Posted: 11.07.2018
By Dr. N.L. Kachhara
The first step towards liberation is to stop the influx of karma. The arrest of the influx of karma is called inhibition. This involves the inhibition of causes that allow the influx of karma. Accordingly, inhibition is fivefold: right faith, abstinence, absence of remissness (i.e. vigilance), absence of passion, and absence of activity. Right faith consists of firm conviction in the truthfulness of the tenets...
Posted: 10.07.2018
By Dr. N.L. Kachhara
The dravya karmas are physical entities and therefore follow the laws (whether known or unknown) of science. We saw in Chapter 3 that karma varganas are attracted from the cosmos by the principle of resonance. The karma body vibrates due to the adhyvasaya of the soul that is caused by activities and has a frequency spectrum. Karma varganas of a specific frequency are attracted by the resonance principle and...

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