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The wisdom of The Acaranga Sutra

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K nowing pain and pleasure in all their variety ( patteyam ), and seeing his life not yet decline, a wise man should know that to be the proper moment (for entering a religious life); while the perceptions of his ear, eye, organs of smell, tasting, touching are not yet deteriorated, while all these perceptions are not yet deteriorated, man should prosecute the real end of his soul. Thus I say.

Jainism 7660 | 
Book 1, Lecture 2, Lesson 1, sec. 5 

L ook at the exterior (world from analogy with thy own) self; [then]thou wilt neither kill nor destroy (living beings);’ viz. out of reciprocal regard [well examining] he does no sinful act. What is the characteristic of a sage? ‘Recognising the equality (of all living beings), he appease himself.’

Jainism 7658 | 
Book 1, Lecture 3, Lesson 3, sec. 1 

T he Arhats and Bhagavats of the past, present, and future, all say thus, speak thus, declare thus, explain thus: all breathing, existing, living, sentient creatures should not be slain, nor treated with violence, nor abused, nor tormented, nor driven away.

Jainism 7651 | 
Book One, Fourth Lecture, First Lesson 

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