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Insight - "Shemushi": [38] Morality

Published: 06.03.2009
Updated: 08.03.2009

Morality

For society to be healthy as a whole people have to give up alcohol and other intoxicants. False leaders who instigate violence versus peace lovers are harmful for the society. Violent thoughts, bickering, merry making by harming your fellow beings will always lead to down fall of society. Irrespective of the fact whether we believe in god or not, our sinful social behaviour only brings down fall of society.

Once the seventh Acharya of Terapanth, Acharya of Acharya Bhikshu’s lineage was sitting. His name was Acharya Dalachand.

A person visiting him told Acharya shree that his way of life was rigid. Such austerities are not needed. In fact he himself i.e. the visitor believed in the life of eat, drink and be merry. If this Was true then all the fasting and other penances observed by Acharya Dalachand would be futile.

Unperturbed Acharya Dalachandji told the visitor that would this be all, meaning the austerities practiced by you would be useless, on the other hand if the principles of good deeds and rebirth were true what would happen to non-believers.

The visitor told Acharya Shree if his principles of non-violence theory of deeds were true then they would be in dire trouble.

The idea behind this story is to convey a message to both believers and non-believers. Even if we do not believe in heaven or hell, the right and intelligent theory to do is to lead a good life. Not necessarily by merry making, but making the correct choices. Sometimes we indulge in activities that can harm others and the society at a large.

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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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  1. Acharya
  2. Acharya Bhikshu
  3. Acharya Dalachand
  4. Bhikshu
  5. Fasting
  6. Non-violence
  7. Terapanth
  8. Violence
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