Anekanta: The Third Eye: [05.13] Third Eye 2 - The Possibility Of Neutrality

Published: 25.05.2007
Updated: 06.08.2008

A gentleman asked, "Is neutrality possible? Strange question. What answer could I give? How can I say it is possible and how can I say it is not? Neutrality is not possible as long as there is attachment towards one's views and aversion towards the other's views, as long as there is belief only in the validity of one's own views and of the confirmed invalidity of the other's views. When one's wisdom awakens to that which lies beyond attachment and aversion, validity and invalidity, then neutrality is possible. Then along with the two eyes, the third one is also awakened. This way neutrality is possible and not possible too.

An event occurred. People complained to the king that Acharya Hemchandra did not bow before Lord Shiva. The king was a Shiva devotee. Acharya Hemchandra was taken to the Shiva temple. "Why do I not bow?" he asked and folding his hands in the namaskar gesture, he said,

Bhavabijamkurujanaha ragadhyaha kshayamupagata yasya
Brahma va vishnurva haro jino va namastasmai.

In other words, there are two seeds of the life and death cycle: attachment and aversion. In the One in whom these two emotions have been totally wiped away, be He Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva or Jain, I salute all of them.

  • 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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