Anekanta: The Third Eye: [07.11] Relative Estimation - Everything Has Value

Published: 02.07.2007
Updated: 06.08.2008

I do not say "objects" or "others" are of no value. I do not even say that circumstances are not of importance. Everything has its own importance. Both objects and behavioural patterns have their value. The present gross mode or aspect has also its own value. Even thought has its value. To recall and to think are also of value. The present is of value and so are the past and the future. If it is said that these things do not have any value then it would be false. Where meditation has its value, there even farming and bread have its value. If there were no bread or farming, then the importance of meditation itself would be lost. If there is bread, meditation is of value. Bread has its own value and meditation its own. Sometimes man gives bread too much importance and then he eats more than he can manage. Even in food man is becoming more and more independent without giving thought to whether the body benefits or not. He has forgotten the anekantic view. Sometimes he drinks too much milk, at other times he eats too many fruits. Sometimes he eats too many sweets and some other times too much bread. The tongue finds everything tasty. It also worth considering if the food eaten will benefit the body or not. Milk is tasty to the tongue but it affects the eye. Both are related. Neither the tongue nor the eye can be dealt with as independent. They both have relative value. The tongue and the intestines are related. Man gives in to the demands of his taste buds and overeats but does not consult the intestines. This independence can be dangerous. Man listens to his taste buds but not to his energy buds. This way his entire life has become independent. This increases a certain kind of obstinacy or a lack of holistic concern.

  • 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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