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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 







R ight belief depends on the acquaintance with truth, on the devotion to those who know the truth . . . there is no (right) conduct without right belief, and it must cultivated (for obtaining) right faith . . . Without (right) faith there is no (right) knowledge, without (right) knowledge there is no virtuous conduct, without virtues there is no deliverance, and without deliverance there is no perfection.




Jainism 7659 | 
28th Lecture, sec. 28-30 







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 







H e who knows the internal, knows the external and he who knows the external, knows the internal.




Jainism 7657 | 
19:257 







O ne who knows soul as pure oneself attains a pure self. But who contemplates the soul as having impure nature becomes himself impure.




Jainism 7656 | 
19:256 







T o kill any living being amounts to killing oneself. Compassion to others is compassion to ones own self.




Jainism 7655 | 
797 







J ust as you do not like misery, in the same way others also do not like it. Knowing this, you should do unto them what you want them to do unto you.




Jainism 7654 | 
780 







( One should reflect thus:) Let me treat all living beings with eqanimity and none with enmity.




Jainism 7653 | 
2:42 







S ouls render service to one another.




Jainism 7652 | 
5:21 







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 







I forgive all living beings,
May all living beings forgive me.
My friendship is with all living beings,
My enmity is nonexistent.





Jainism 7650 | 







M ay the whole universe be blessed,
May all beings engage in each others well-being,
May all weakness, sickness and faults diminish and vanish,
May everyone be healthy, prosperous, blissful, and peaceful.





Jainism 7649 | 







I bow to the enlightened beings.
I bow to the liberated souls.
I bow to religious leaders.
I bow to religious teachers.
I bow to all ascetics of the world. . . .





Jainism 7648 | 







T he self that has developed equanimity, if endowed with pure activities, attains heavenly happiness.




Jainism 6380 | 
Pravachansara, 1/11 







H e, who is detached from all injurious actions, observes threefold control (of body, mind and speech) and restrains his senses, (is said to have) steadfast equanimity according to the preaching of the omniscient.




Jainism 6379 | 
Niyamsara, 9/125 







F reedom of thought-activity from lust, pride, deceit, and greed, etc., is purity of thought (Bhavashuddhi). So has been preached to the deserving souls by the perceivers of universe and non-universe.




Jainism 6378 | 
Niyamsara, 7/112 







H e, who avoiding the wrong path, firmly walks in the right path of the Conquerors (Jinas) is said to have repentance because he himself is the embodiment of repentance.




Jainism 6377 | 
Niyamsara, 5/86 







I am neither anger, nor pride, nor deceit, nor greed. I am neither the doer, nor do I make others do, nor am I the approver of the doers.




Jainism 6376 | 
Niyamsara, 5/81 







H e, who having renounced backbiting, ridiculing, talking ill of others, self-praising and harsh words, speaks what is good for himself as well as for others (is said) to have carefulness in speech (Bhasha Samiti).




Jainism 6375 | 
Niyamsara, 4/62 







T he carrier of the load of (right) conduct, i.e., a saint, who having first formed the idea of being unconcerned with all worldly attachments, renounces them is said to observe the fifth vow of possessionlessness, (Parigraha Tyaga).




Jainism 6374 | 
Niyamsara, 4/60 







H e, who having seen the beauty of a woman, is not moved by a desire for her; or whose thoughtactivity is free from sex-animate feeling (Maithuna Sanjna), (is said observe) the fourth vow (chastity), Brahmacharya.




Jainism 6373 | 
Niyamsara, 4/59 







H e, who renounces the thoughtactivity of picking up articles belonging to another, lying in a village, a town or a forest, (is said) to observe the third vow (nonstealing), Achaurya.




Jainism 6372 | 
Niyamsara, 4/58 







A saint, who renounces thoughtactivity leading to telling falsehood, on account of delusion, attachment and aversion is (said) to observe always the second vow, (truth), Satya.




Jainism 6371 | 
Niyamsara, 4/57 







T hought-activity free from (all) undertakings (injurious to any of) the mundane souls (which are) known as existing in (any of the various) physiques, nuclei, soulclasses, soul-quests, etc., is the first vow (non-injury) Ahimsa.




Jainism 6370 | 
Niyamsara, 4/56 







C ommon people, seeing someone looted, in the way, say, the way is looted, but no way whatsoever is (really) looted.




Jainism 6369 | 
Samaya Sara, 1/63 







T he saints, the knowers of reality, call him a conqueror of delusion, who, having conquered delusion, realizes the soul (as) full of its own inherent knowledge.




Jainism 6368 | 
Samaya Sara, 1/37 







I f that (soul) becomes mattersubstance, the other (i.e., matter) will gain soulness. Then (you) can say that this matter-substances (is) mine.




Jainism 6367 | 
Samaya Sara, 1/30 







T hat the soul always (possesses) the characteristics of conscious attentiveness, is seen in the knowledge of the all - knowing. How can the soul be the matter, which thou says it is mine?




Jainism 6366 | 
Samaya Sara, 1/29 







T he soul whose intellect is deluded by wrong knowledge and (which is) with many kinds of thought-activity, says of the matter-substance (whether it is) bound or not bound (with the soul), this is mine.




Jainism 6365 | 
Samaya Sara, 1/28 







T hus the wrong-believer indulges in such perverse thought activity of soul. But a right-believer, knowing the real standpoint, does not so indulge.




Jainism 6364 | 
Samaya Sara, 1/27 







I t was mine formerly, I (was) its in the past time. (It) will again be mine; I also will be it.




Jainism 6363 | 
Samaya Sara, 1/26 







O ther foreign substance, living, non-living, or mixed is I, I am it. I am of them; and they are mine.




Jainism 6362 | 
Samaya Sara, 1/25 







M editation verily must be performed in (right) belief, knowledge and conduct. But they all three (are) the soul, therefore perform meditation in the (pure) soul (itself).




Jainism 6361 | 
Samaya Sara, 1/11 







D o not act, do not talk, do not think, so that the soul may be attached to and fixed in itself. This only is excellent meditation.




Jainism 6360 | 
Dravya Samgraha, 56 







W hen a Sadhu attaining concentration becomes void of conscious effort by meditation on anything whatever, that state is called real meditation.




Jainism 6359 | 
Dravya Samgraha, 55 







T hat sage who practices well conduct which is always pure and which is the path of liberation with perfect faith and knowledge is a Sadhu. Obeisance to him.




Jainism 6358 | 
Dravya Samgraha, 54 







T hat being, the greatest of the great sages who being possessed of the three jewels, is always engaged in preaching the religious truths, is (known as) Upadhyaya (Teacher). Salutation to him.




Jainism 6357 | 
Dravya Samgraha, 53 







I f you wish to have your mind fixed in order to succeed in various kinds of meditation, do not be deluded by or attached to beneficial objects and do not be averse to harmful objects.




Jainism 6356 | 
Dravya Samgraha, 48 







T he three jewels (i.e., Perfect Faith, Perfect Knowledge and Perfect Conduct) do not exist in any other substance excepting the soul. Therefore, the soul surely is the cause of liberation.




Jainism 6355 | 
Dravya Samgraha, 40 







A s water assists the movement of moving fish, so Dharma (assists the movement of moving) Pudgala and Jiva. (But) it does not move (Pudgala and Jiva which are) not moving.




Jainism 6354 | 
Dravya Samgraha, 17 







T he fire of attachment incessantly burns you. Therefore drink the nectar of equanimity. You have for long nurtured the desire and passions; now renounce them and come to your ownself. Why are you enamoured of alien objects, which are not yours? Why do you suffer pain? O, Doulatram, enjoy supreme bliss by means of Self-absorption. Do not miss this opportunity.




Jainism 6353 | 
Chha Dhala, 6/15 







I n this way the blessed ones achieve, and shall achieve the three jewels, which have been classified directly and indirectly. The water of their glory shall cleanse the filth of the world. Having understood this, cast away laziness, gather courage, reverentially receive the instruction, and accomplish your purpose speedily before disease or old age catches hold of you.




Jainism 6352 | 
Chha Dhala, 6/14 







T he attributes and modifications of the universe and the beyond are reflected in the Self; and he will remain eternally the same on attainment of Liberation. Blessed are those who on acquiring the human body, accomplished this, and attained the highest happiness, and got rid of the five-fold wanderings, the beginning of which was untraceable.




Jainism 6351 | 
Chha Dhala, 6/13 







T he need for proof, points of view, and rules of logic, is then not experienced. I am then everlasting. Perception, Knowledge, Joy and Might, and in me there remain nothing alien to myself. I am the achiever and the object of achievement. I am not obstructed by Karmas and their effects.




Jainism 6350 | 
Chha Dhala, 6/10 







T hey maintain equanimity, recite hymns, offer obeisance to Jina- Deva, remain constantly engrossed in scriptures, engage in self-analysis and self-chastisement, and give up attachment for the body. They do not bathe nor rub teeth. They have no covering, take a short sleep on the bare ground on one side, during the later part of the night.




Jainism 6349 | 
Chha Dhala, 6/5 







H aving duly controlled the mind, body and speech, they meditate upon the self; and the deer rub against their motionless posture, mistaking it for a rock. In order to attain conquest over the five senses, they feel no attachment or aversion to good or bad, touch, taste, colour, smell or sound.




Jainism 6348 | 
Chha Dhala, 6/4 







T hey are indifferent to taste; take food for enduring increasing asceticism, not for pampering the body, at the residence of a Sravak of good family, avoiding the 46 kinds of defects. They take care in laying down or lifting up the sacred instruments of learning (scriptures), of body-purification (bowl of water) and of religious observance (brush of peacock feathers). They throw of excrement, urine and expectoration after looking for an unfrequented place.




Jainism 6347 | 
Chha Dhala, 6/3 







T hat Dharma is practised by the ascetics, I shall describe their activities. O worthy of liberation! hear it and realise your own Self.




Jainism 6346 | 
Chha Dhala, 5/15 







T he universe is neither created nor supported by anybody. I t is composed of six substances and is indestructible. For want of equanimity, the Jiva, wanders incessantly, and suffers pain.




Jainism 6345 | 
Chha Dhala, 5/12 







W hy are you enamoured of this body, which is a bundle of flesh, blood, pus and excreta and is defiled by bones, fat and the like, and has nine outlets, through which dirty matters flow.




Jainism 6344 | 
Chha Dhala, 5/8 





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