The Quest For Truth: [01.04] Bhagvan Mahavira: Life And Philosophy - Non-Security : The Best Security Of All

Published: 23.12.2006
Updated: 06.08.2008

Mahavira was meditating. A milkman came. With him were his oxen. He left them to graze and went back home.
When he came back he found his oxen were not there. He became angry.
He ran hither and thither searching for them. Soon he reached the place where Mahavira was meditating.
He was stunned to find the oxen hovering around Mahavira.

The milkman thought, “Oh this monk wants to steal the oxen." This suspicion made him furious. Swirling a lasso in his hand he was about to attack Mahavira when Nandivardhan came on the scene. He assuaged the milkman. Nandivardhan wanted to make some arrangements for Mahavira's security.

Mahavira did not accept that:

The one who feels insecure cannot tread the path of spirituality.

The one who treads the path of spirituality feels forever secure.

I need no security.

Freedom and self reliance are my only security.

  • The Quest For Truth: In the context of Anekanta by Acharya Mahaprajna
  • Edited by Muni Dulahraj
  • Translated by Sudhamahi Regunathan
  • under the guidance of Revered Munishree Mahendra Kumar.
  • Published 2003 by Jain Vishva Bharati Institute (Deemed University), Ladnun, Rajasthan, India

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