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Insight - "Shemushi": [21] The Glory Of Non-Violence

Published: 27.01.2009

The Glory Of Non-Violence

For any sadhak (one who practices religious beliefs) it is essential to be friendly with the whole world. Without this attitude, sadhana cannot be complete. kinsman ship, non-violence, fearlessness are co-dependent and co-related.

Once Lord Mahavir during his sadhana time, was walking with great-care so as not to hurt any living being. He passed by some cowherds.
The cowherds implored Lord Mahavir not to take the path he was taking. The reason they gave was, that an enormous snake lived there. Not only was its bite very poisonous, but also it could kill with his sight. In other words, it had a venomous sight.

Lord Mahavir was not deterred by this story. He thought to him-self that this snake deserved better life. Slowly and steadily, Lord Mahavir went there where the snake lived. He stood there and started meditating.

The snake after long days roaming around saw Lord Mahavir standing near his hole. The snake was filled with uncontrollable anger. It questioned Lord Mahavir about the fact, if he knew, how dangerous a serpent it was. Mahavir kept on meditating. The serpent looked towards the sun took energy and glanced angrily at Mahavir. Lord Mahavir did not move. He stood steadily in meditation. The snake even couple of times glanced him with poisonous sight. But Lord Mahavir neither fell down nor died. By now the snake was very angry and bit him three times. He was failed. He wondered who this man was he neither died, nor fell down. This man had to be some one great. The snake became calm and sat down at the lotus-feet of the Lord Mahavir.

After the Lord's meditation ended, Lord Mahavir spoke to the snake, taught him the negative effects of anger.

The snake realized its mistake. He decided to lead a calm life and give up violence. He became alight that illuminates the darkness.
The core cause of anger lacks in self-worth. Anger is one's own resistance to the universe.

Detachment allows you to remain aware of what you feel while the events of your life unfold. When you are detached, your emotions run through you like water through a hose. You are the hose. The same water does not stay at the same place in a hose when the faucet is turned on. Your situation faucet is never turned off. The fear resentment, anger, depression, contentment, jealousy, rage, or joy that you feel doesn't stay, either. When you look at your emotions in this way you can detach from them enough that they will not control you.

This is the way people can achieve Samata bhaav. And you are on the path of liberation slowly but surely.

It is said that wherever there is attachment, there is Bandhan and wherever there is Samata bhaav there is mukti.

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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  1. Anger
  2. Bandhan
  3. Bhaav
  4. Fear
  5. Fearlessness
  6. Mahavir
  7. Meditation
  8. Mukti
  9. Non-violence
  10. Sadhak
  11. Sadhana
  12. Samata
  13. Samata bhaav
  14. Violence
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