Economics Of Mahavira: [08.13] Parameters of the New Economic Policy - The Primary Condition

Published: 27.04.2006
Updated: 06.08.2008

The first essential premise is that the economic System does not pose to be a danger to world peace. Anybody who wants to develop in isolation - whether an individual, a society or a nation, will create a threat. In this context, the significant principle of Mahavira is:

Je loyamm abbhaikkhai se utanam akbhaikkhi,
Je atanam abbhaikkhi se loyam abbhaikkhi.

One who rejects the people and the world rejects his own existence
and the one who rejects his own existence rejects
the existence of the world.

Mahavira said, "Do not reject the existence of the world and do not reject your existence as well. The most important principle of environment is that you are not the only single element. When you do something for yourself you must know what you do for yourself will impact the entire world." A question would arise in one's mind: What can he, as a humble person, do? What effect can his action produce on the big world? It is our mistake to entertain such a question.

Mahavira observes from the perspective of anekanta that when a finger makes a movement, the entire world vibrates. All the atoms associated with the atoms of the finger are activated. The entire chain is interlinked. Similarly, the Jain acharyas have explained that when we remove a yarn from the cloth, an atom linked with it will reach the pond and vibrate the entire pond; it will reach the ocean and vibrate the entire ocean. We are not alone - we are interlinked with the entire world. That is how the principle of anekanta got formulated. A single element is neither different nor is it the same as the total. It is both separable and inseparable. A person is not entirely different from this universe and yet he is not entirely the same. Our existence is inter-related with the entire world. That is why a person is not entirely different and yet has his independent existence. If he is inseparable, it is obvious that he would influence the entire world. That is why ithas been said that one, who tries to analyse and comprehend oneself, really analyses and understands the entire universe.
  • Economics Of Mahavira by © Acharya Mahaprajna
  • Edited by Muni Dhananjay Kumar
  • Translated by Dr. S.R. Mohnot
  • Published by Jain Vishwa Bharti, University, Ladnun, India, 1st Edition 2000, 2nd Edition 2001

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