Anekanta: The Third Eye: [01.13] Co-Existence - One Object: Many Forms

Published: 14.01.2007
Updated: 06.08.2008

Anekanta and Ahimsa are not two different things. Anekanta and Maitri are not two different things. If there is no anekanta, then ahimsa cannot be developed. If there is no anekanta then maitri cannot be developed. Without anekanta passions cannot be sublimated. When a man looks at an object with attachment, it presents itself to him in a certain manner and the same object looks different when he looks at it with hatred. The object is one, but with attachment or aversion, its form changes.

There is an interesting passage.

Raffia asked Hanuman, "How were the flowers in Asoka vatika?" Hanuman replied, "They were red in colour."

"On the contrary." said Sita, "all the flowers were white. There was not even a single red flower." Same place, same time, same garden, but two different versions. How can we call one the untruth?

Explained Raffia, "Hanuman was then in rage. His eyes bled blood. At that time every corner of Asoka garden appeared red to him. It is not surprising. Sita was tranquil. She saw everything white. The colour white indicates peace."

  • 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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