Anekanta: The Third Eye: [08.06] Balance - For Him Control Is Not Required

Published: 24.07.2007
Updated: 06.08.2008

Neither can control always be accepted nor can the lack of it always be rejected. The one-dimensional perspective cannot be accepted.

Some people believe, "Do not control your activities. Do not control the senses. Do not quell your desires. Consume freely. Do as you wish. There will come a moment when you yourself will be free from all desires."

This sounds very pleasant for every man wishes there were no controls and that he could consume freely. But history has proven that wherever self will operates it has only resulted in the downfall of mankind. A world without rules and operating on self-will has never brought progress. Controls can be removed only in a situation when external impulses and faults are put to rest. The enemy of the outside world should not be sitting in front of you. And this is possible only when the enemy within you has been conquered and desires have been given up. In such a situation nothing of the outside rermains. How can an ignorant one adopt a wise man's profile? The matter is the same. The wise one interprets it differently and the ignorant one, differently. The event is the same, the principle is the same, but the wise one understands it in a different manner and the ignorant one in a different manner.

  • Anekanta: The Third Eye by Acharya Mahaprajna, © 2002
  • Translated by Sudhamahi Regunathan
  • Published by Jain Vishva Bharati Institute (Deemed University), Ladnun, Rajasthan, India

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