Anekanta: The Third Eye: [01.03] Co-Existence - The Rule Of Anekanta

Published: 20.12.2006
Updated: 02.07.2015

Anekanta has one rule: co-existence of opposites. Not only is existence in pairs, they have to be opposing pairs. In the entire world of nature, in the entire universe of existence, opposing pairs exist. If there is wisdom there is ignorance. If there is vision, there is lack of it. If there is happiness then there is sadness too. If there is loss of consciousness, there is awakening. If there is death, there is life. There is the auspicious and the inauspicious. High and low. The disturbed and the undisturbed. There is gaining of strength and the loss of it. Opposing pairs define Karmashastra (the philosophy of karma).

Our life is based on opposing pairs. If the opposition between the pairs was to disappear, so would life. According to Hatha Yoga, life is defined as the combination of inhalation and exhalation. There are five types of pranas. Of them one is prana and the other is apana. Prana is an energy that flows in the frontal part of the body with its vibrations reaching the navel. Apana moves along the back of the body. As long as the opposing directions are maintained there is life. When this order is broken, life is broken. The breaking of life, or death means the expulsion of both these energies. When opposing movements, or when the two directional movements become one, life comes to an end.

  • 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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