Bhagwan Mahavir Quotes - Jainism
Who is Mahavir in Jainism?
Born in 599 BC in Vaishali that lies in the modern Indian state of Bihar, the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism of the present era, Lord Mahavira’s principles of nonviolence, truthfulness, celibacy, non-possessiveness & non-absolutism still continue to elevate our lifestyles. He, who conquered no battle nor slain any enemy, is yet known as an ‘Arihant’ (one who killed enemies) or ‘Jin’ (Conqueror) for he exterminated foes of anger, lust, attachments, aversion, ignorance and fallacy.
Manas Madrecha offers his obeisance to one of the greatest souls of eternity, Lord Mahavira (or Vardhaman) and wishes you a conscience and will to emulate his fundamentals for the greater good.
Bhagwan Mahavir Quotes
These are some of the chosen Bhagwan Mahavir quotes from the book Mahavira Vani - Part 1 by Rajneesh Osho. The original quotes were in Prakrit language, the erstwhile language of the masses of northern Indian subcontinent, and a literary translation have been attempted by me. If any context is repugnant to the original intent, Micchami Dukkadam (forgive me!)
Always remain awake
आशुप्रज्ञ पंडित पुरुष को मोह-निद्रा में सोये हुए संसारी मनुष्यों के बीच रहकर भी सब तरह से जागरूक रहना चाहिए और किसी का विश्वास नहीं करना चाहिए। काल निर्दयी है और शरीर दुर्बल, यह जानकार भारुंड पक्षी की तरह अप्रमत्त-भाव से विचरना चाहिए।
An extemporary wise person must remain to awaken even while residing among the worldly men asleep in the illusory sleep, and he must not trust anyone. Time is merciless and the body is weak - knowing this, one must move like a Bharund bird with no negligence.
Remove all your attachments
Like the lotus that doesn’t touch the cool water of winter season and stays with no indulgence, in that manner, removing all your attachments from the world, become detached from all kinds of affectionate bondages.
O Gautam, do not be negligent even for a moment.
You have swam this deceitful and huge sea of the world . Then, why do you withhold yourself, having reached the shore? Make haste to reach the other side.
O Gautam, do not be negligent even for a moment.
No attachment, no sorrow
Negligence (inadvertence) is said to be ‘karma’ and absence of negligence is non-karma. In other words, propensities that are endowed with inadvertence, binds karma and those devoid of inadvertence, do not bind karma. Based on the existence or non-existence of inadvertence, a person is called fool or wise , respectively. One who has no attachment, has no sorrow. One who has no craving, has no attachment. One who has no greed, has no craving. One who keeps nothing with oneself on account of fondness, his greed gets destroyed.
What not to eat or eat less
One must not consume those materials which has more ras (juicy savour) in excess, for example, milk, curd, sugar, jaggery, custard, oil, honey, alcohol, flesh, etc. because they produce intoxication; and the desires run towards an intoxicated person just like the birds (fly) towards a tree with delicious fruits. Carnal pleasure, in itself, do not create equanimity in some person and neither does it create any deformity of attachment/aversion; but, by making varied resolutions of attachment/aversion towards them, a person himself gets afflicted by degenerative illusion .
Anger, Pride, Illusion, Greed - four bad things
Occupied anger & pride, and increasing illusion and greed - these four dark and sickening astringents keep watering the roots of the reincarnating worldly tree. Even this entire earth, teeming with rice & barley and other grains, and gold & animals, is incapable to satiate a greedy man - knowing this, one has to observe self-restraint (control).
You have to bear your own karma
All the creatures of the world are unhappy because of their self-performed karma. One cannot escape from a karma, howsoever good or bad it may be, without facing its result. The sorrows of a sinful being can be appropriated neither by the beings of same community nor by friends or relatives. When sorrow arrives, one alone has to bear it. That is because karma follows only its doer (agent), and no one else .
What is the path of Salvation
Even on getting voluptuary and lovely pleasures, one who averts himself from them and the one who, from all aspects, willingly abandons the pleasures that are under his authority , is known to be the true renunciant. One who is unable to consume clothe, scent, ornament, woman and sleep because of some dependency, is not known to be the true renunciant. To serve good preceptors & experienced elders, to stay away from the company of fools, to study good literature with focused mind and to contemplate its deep meaning, and to obtain the established peace in mind , is the path of Emancipation.
Victory over oneself is victory over everything
A soul itself is the doer (agent) of happiness and sorrow , and a soul itself is the destroyer of happiness and sorrow. A soul treading on the right path is a friend and the one treading on the wrong path is a foe. One must master the five senses, anger, pride, illusion, greed and the formidable soul. On winning one’s soul, everything is won.
Bhala Ho! (Stay Blessed)
© ~ Manas Madrecha
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