Insight - "Shemushi": [16] Religion and Sect

Published: 21.01.2009
Updated: 22.01.2009

Religion and Sect

Religion is a source of self-purity. It is also a resource of self-purity. Any kind of religion, order or organization is a group of people committed to serving their respective community. They have the permission from their teacher to teach. Many people leave religion or in other words are not committed to it, but will still be part of the organization. On the other hand some people leave a religious order but are still religious.

One hunter put some guns, swords and knives in his cart. He went to the jungle to hunt. As he went a little further, he had to answer nature's call. He thought that the cart would move slowly, so I would go to the bathroom. And I would come back fast. When he came back, the cart was really far away. As he started to run after the cart, a tiger came his way. When he saw the tiger, he wondered now what to do.

The gun was in the cart. He did not have anything. He thought that he was going to die. Suddenly he had an idea. "I do not have the gun but I have the license. He took the license out of his pocket and showed the tiger and said -See I have a license so I can kill you very soon. Nobody is here to save you'.The hunter was a lawyer but the tiger was not a lawyer.

He did not look anywhere else and he jumped on him and killed him. If the hunter had a gun then he would have been able to save him self. But the license could not save him.

In this story the hunter had a license to use a gun, but he did not have a gun. Similarly people who leave religion but are still members of an organization or order are living under false pretensions. To conquer one-self and overcome enemies, we need a religion, not a religious order. Actual practice of religion stops us from sinning. Joining a religious organization just alone will not help.

It is rightly said - Praying to Vitarag alone gets us nowhere. Practicing his teachings will help us more.

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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