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Neither ill treat yourself, nor others

Neither ill treat yourself, nor others

नो अत्ताणं आसाएज्जा, नो परं आसाएज्जा

Neither think low of yourself, nor think low of others

Those who are victims of inferiority complex – think low of themselves, they are not able to advance properly in this world. They dare not develop themselves, tread the path of progress; throughout life they think themselves as incapable and also remain incapable. Continue reading “Neither ill treat yourself, nor others” »

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Neither bonded, nor free

Neither bonded, nor free

कुसले पुण नो बद्धे, नो मुत्ते

Wise man is neither bonded nor free

Here, wise man has been described in an ornamental language. One who is in bondage cannot be free, and one who is free cannot be in bondage. Man can either be in bondage or free. He cannot be in both the conditions, simultaneously. Continue reading “Neither bonded, nor free” »

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High and low caste

High and low caste

से असइं उच्चागोए, असइं नीआगोए,
नो हीणे नो इहरित्ते

Many a time, man has taken birth in high caste and low caste; but this does not make him great or low

Having been born in high caste man thinks himself to be great and being born in low caste thinks himself to be low and pitiable; both of these states of mind are wrong because many times man has been born in high and low castes. Hence, one should not be proud of having been born in high caste and not feel low if born in low caste family. Continue reading “High and low caste” »

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Body renunciation

Body renunciation

वोसिरे सव्वसो कायं, न मे देहे परीसहा

I renounce love of body completely; there is nothing like body hardships

‘Kausagga’ is a Jaina word, which is called ‘Kayotsarga’ in Sanskrita. This is made from kaya + utsarga. Body is called ‘kaya’ and renunciation is called ‘utasarga’ but it does not mean renunciation of the body. It means renunciation of love of the body. Concentration for meditation is possible only after kayotsarga. Continue reading “Body renunciation” »

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Sense gratification

Sense gratification

कामेसु गिद्धा निचयं करेन्ति

Man of sense gratification hinds karma

Among the five senses, objects of sense of seeing and hearing are called ‘kama’ e.g. beautiful picture, drama, cinema, attractive sight and dance etc.; sensual stories, poetry, film songs, different musical instruments, self-praise, melodious voice of man or woman (alluring speech of woman for man, and enticing speech of man for woman) etc., are subjects of eye and ear. To continue to think about them and the way to acquire them, day and night, is a sign of sensuality. Continue reading “Sense gratification” »

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Violence is the basis of Karma

Violence is the basis of Karma

कम्ममूलं च जं छणं

‘Chana’ word is made of those roots, which mean violence. As it is this word has many meanings – fourth part of blinking act, festival, opportunity etc; but in this verse, its appropriate meaning seems to be violence. Continue reading “Violence is the basis of Karma” »

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Speak not harshly

Speak not harshly

नो वयणं फरूसं वइज्जा

Speech is of two kinds – harsh and mild. In angry and cruel mood, it is crude; and mild when one is humble and quiet. Speech of kindness, compassion, sympathy, love, relations, affection, and deceit is mild. Against this, speech of cruelty, aversion, anger, haughtiness is discordant. Continue reading “Speak not harshly” »

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Knower of one knows all

Knower of one knows all

जे एगं जाणइ से सव्वं जाणइ|
जे सव्वं जाणइ से एगं जाणइ||

One who knows one (self) he knows all (inanimate) and one who knows all (inanimate), he knows one (self). Continue reading “Knower of one knows all” »

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See others as self

See others as self

आयओ बहिया पास

Enlightened people have shown a way to shield ourselves from all types of misconduct through which we can judge virtue and vice, violence and nonviolence, pious and impious deeds. Continue reading “See others as self” »

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Impatience

Impatience

आतुरा परितावेंति

Impatient gives sorrow

Impatient or sensual or sense-gratifiers trouble others; make them suffer. Selfish people are indiscreet. They do not differentiate between what ought to be done and what ought not to be done. For there little pleasure they do not hesitate to give lot of trouble to others. For their temporary pleasures, their tendency to inflict permanent afflictions knows no bounds. Continue reading “Impatience” »

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