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Bhagavan Mahavira Life and Philosophy : [09.02] Philosophy And Exhortation (2)

Published: 20.09.2005
Updated: 06.08.2008

Chapter 9

Philosophy And Exhortation


Righteousness consists in complete self-absorption and in giving up all kinds of passions including attachment. It is the only means of transcending the mundane existence. The Jinas have said so.
(Bhava-pahuda, 83)


Don't kill any living beings. Don't try to rule them.
(Acaranga, 4/23)


The essence of all knowledge consists in not committing violence. The doctrine of ahimsa is nothing but the observance of equality i.e. the realization that just as I do not like misery, others also do not like it. Knowing this, one should not kill anybody. (Sutrakrtanga, 1/1/4/10)


Just as you do not like misery, in the same way others also do not like it. Knowing this, you should do unto them what you want them to do unto you.
(Bhagavati Aradhana, 780)


To kill any living being amounts to killing one self. Compassion to others is compassion to one's own self. Therefore one should avoid violence like poison and thorn (that cause pain).
(Bhagavati Aradhana, 797)


Don't be proud if you gain. Nor be sorry if you lose.
(Acaranga, 2/4/114, 115)


One who cultivates an attitude of equality towards all living beings, mobile and stationary, can attain equanimity. Thus do the kevalis say.
(Anuyogadvara, 708, gatha 2)


Only the one who has transcended fear can experience equanimity.
(Sutrakrtanga, 1/2/2/17)


(One should reflect thus:) Let me treat all living beings with equanimity and none with enmity. Let me attain samadhi (tranquillity) by becoming free from expectations.
(Mulacara, 2/42)


Let me renounce the bondage of attachment and hatred, pride and meekness, curiosity, fear, sorrow, indulgence and abhorrence (in order to accomplish equanimity).
(Mulacara, 2/44)

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


Edition 1995
Publisher: Jain Vishva Bharati, Ladnun, India

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  1. Acaranga
  2. Ahimsa
  3. Aradhana
  4. Equanimity
  5. Fear
  6. Kevalis
  7. Pride
  8. Samadhi
  9. Violence
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