Insight - "Shemushi": [08] The World Is As You See It

Published: 13.01.2009

The World Is As You See It

The attitude of a person is the main cause of his/her rise or decline. The main point to consider is on what aspect a person focuses his thoughts. According to Jain philosophy, Samyag darshan is the root of salvation.

Once upon a time a swan from Mana-sarovar lake went to another pond. The other ducks of that pond were amazed to see such a strange bird. They asked, "who are you with such red eyes, such red beaks, and such red feet?"

The swan replied - "I am Rajahans"

The cranes asked - "where have you come from?"

The swan replied - "I have come from Manasarovar"

The cranes had not even heard of such a lake. Being curious they asked - "what is there in that lake?"

The Rajahans replied- "In my Manasarovar, there are golden lotuses, the water is like nectar, and there are pearls, shells, gems, and many other beautiful things."

The cranes interrupted the swan and told him-Enough of your long speech. Just tell us one thing -"Are there any Snails in your Manasarovar?"

The Rajahans replied, "No there are no snails." On hearing this all the cranes replied in unison - Shame on your Manasarovar, where you don't even have the snails.

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Edition: June, 2003

Publisher: Jain Vishva Bharati Ladnun

English Translation: Samani Mudit Pragya

Price: Rs. 50.00
Printed by: Shree Vardhaman Press

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