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Bhagavan Mahavira Life and Philosophy : [09.05] Philosophy And Exhortation (5)

Published: 23.09.2005
Updated: 02.07.2015

Chapter 9

Philosophy And Exhortation


As gold does not cease to be gold even if it is heated in the fire; an enlightened man does not cease to be enlightened on being tortured by the effect of karma.
(Samayasara, 184)


A thief feels neither pity nor shame, nor does he posses discipline and faith. There is no evil that he can not do for wealth.
(Bhagavati Aradhana 862)


On the aggravation of one's greed, a person fails to distinguish between what should be done and what should not be done. He is a daredevil, who cannot commit any offence even at the cost of his own life.
(Bhagavati Aradhana 857)


By practising celibacy one can fulfil all other vows - chastity, tapas (penance), vinaya (humility), samyama (self restraint), forgiveness, self-protection and detachment.
(Prasnavyakarana, 9/3)

Knowing that pleasing sound, beauty, fragrance, pleasant taste and soothing touch are transitory transformations of matter, the celibate should not be enamoured of them.
(Dasavaikalika, 8/58)


The soul is the Brahman. Brahmacarya is therefore nothing but spiritual conduct of the ascetic concerning the soul, who has snapped out of relationship with alien body.
(Bhagavati Aradhana, 877)


An amorous person, failing to achieve his desired objects, becomes frantic and even ready to commit suicide by any means.
(Bhagavati Aradhana, 889)


The sun scorches only during the day, but cupid scorches in the day as well as in the night. One can protect oneself from the sun, but cannot from cupid.
(Bhagavati Aradhana)


The more you get, the more you want. The greed increases with the gain. What could be accomplished by two masas (grams) of gold could not be done by ten millions.
(Uttaradhyayana, 8/17)


Knowing that the earth with its crops of rice and barley, with its gold and cattle, and all this put together will not satisfy one single man, one should practise penance.
(Uttaradhyayana, 9/49)

Title: Bhagavan Mahavira Life and Philosophy
Translated & Edited: Muni Mahendra Kumar


Edition 1995
Publisher: Jain Vishva Bharati, Ladnun, India

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  1. Aradhana
  2. Body
  3. Brahmacarya
  4. Brahman
  5. Celibacy
  6. Discipline
  7. Greed
  8. Karma
  9. Samayasara
  10. Samyama
  11. Soul
  12. Tapas
  13. Uttaradhyayana
  14. Vinaya
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