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G reed even for a piece of straw, not to speak of precious things, produces sin. A greedless person, even if he wears a crown, cannot commit sin.

Jainism Quote n6093 | 
Bhagavati Aradhana, 1371 


N on-possessiveness controls the senses in the same way as a hook controls the elephant. As a ditch is useful for the protection of a town, so is non-attachment for the control of the senses.

Jainism Quote n6092 | 
Bhagavati Aradhana, 1168 


J ust as fire is not quenched by the fuel and the ocean by thousands of rivers, similarly no living being is satisfied even with all the wealth of all the three worlds.

Jainism Quote n6091 | 
Bhagavati Aradhana, 1143 


K nowing that the earth with its crops of rice and barley, with its gold and cattle, and all this put together will not satisfy one single man, one should practice penance.

Jainism Quote n6090 | 
Uttardhyayana, 9/49 


T he more you get, the more you want. The greed increases with the gain. What could be accomplished by two masas (grams) of gold could not be done by ten millions.

Jainism Quote n6089 | 
Uttaradhyayana, 8/17 


T he sun scorches only during the day, but cupid scorches in the day as well as in the night. One can protect oneself from the sun, but cannot from cupid.

Jainism Quote n6088 | 
Bhagavti Aradhana 


A n amorous person, failing to achieve his desired objects, becomes frantic and even ready to commit suicide by any means.

Jainism Quote n6087 | 
Bhagavati Aradhana, 889 


T he soul is the Brahman. Brahmacarya is therefore nothing but spiritual conduct of the ascetic concerning the soul, who has snapped out of relationship with alien body.

Jainism Quote n6086 | 
Bhagavati Aradhana, 877 


K nowing that pleasing sound, beauty, fragrance, pleasant taste and soothing touch are transitory transformations of matter, the celibate should not be enamoured of them.

Jainism Quote n6085 | 
Dasavaikalika, 8/58 


B y practicing celibacy one can fulfil all other vows - chastity, tapas (penance), vinaya (humility), sayyama (self-restraint), forgiveness, selfprotection and detachment.

Jainism Quote n6084 | 
Prasnavyakarana, 9/3 


O n the aggravation of ones greed, a person fails to distinguish between what should be done and what should not be done. He is dare-devil who can commit any offence even at the cost of his own life.

Jainism Quote n6083 | 
Bhagavati Aradhana, 857 


A thief feels neither pity nor shame, nor does he possess discipline and faith. There is no evil that he cannot do for wealth.

Jainism Quote n6082 | 
Bhagavat Aradhana, 862 


A s gold does not cease to be gold even if it is heated in the fire; an enlightened man does not cease to be enlightened on being tortured by the effects of karma.

Jainism Quote n6081 | 
Samayasara, 184 


I f somebody were to beat a disciplined and restrained ascetic, the latter should not think of avenging himself considering the soul to be imperishable.

Jainism Quote n6080 | 
Uttaradhyayana, 2/27 


T he bhiksu (ascetic) should not be angry with one who abuses him. Otherwise he would be like the ignoramus. He should not therefore lose his temper.

Jainism Quote n6079 | 
Uttaradhyayana, 2/24 


T he sadhaka (one who practices spiritual discipline) speaks words that are measured and beneficial to all living beings.

Jainism Quote n6078 | 
Kartikeyanupreksa, 334 


D iscipline of speech consists in refraining from telling lies and in observing silence.

Jainism Quote n6077 | 
Mulachara, 332 


O ne should not utter displeasing words that arouse ill feelings in others. One should not indulge in speech conducive to the evil.

Jainism Quote n6076 | 
Dasavaikalika , 8/47 


O ne should not speak unless asked to do so. He should not disturb others in conversation. He should not back-bite and indulge in fraudulent untruth.

Jainism Quote n6075 | 
Dasavaikalika, 8/46 


O ne can bear all kinds of unbearable pain caused by spikes in expectation of wealth etc. But he alone who tolerates, without any motive of worldly gain, harsh words spoken to him is venerable.

Jainism Quote n6074 | 
Dasavaikalika, 9/3/6 


O ne may have a tuft or matted hair on the head or a shaven head, remain naked or wear a rag. But if he tells a lie, all this is futile or fruitless.

Jainism Quote n6073 | 
Bhagavat Aradhana, 843 


T ruthfulness indeed is tapa (penance). In truthfulness do reside selfrestraint and all other virtues. Just as the fish can live only in the sea, so can all other virtues reside in Truthfulness alone.

Jainism Quote n6072 | 
Bhagavati Aradhana, 842 


A truthful man is treated as reliable as the mother, as venerable as the guru (preceptor) and as beloved as the one who commands knowledge.

Jainism Quote n6071 | 
Mulachara, 837 


T he ascetic who never thinks of telling a lie out of attachment, aversion or delusion is indeed the practiser of the second vrata of truthfulness.

Jainism Quote n6070 | 
Niyamasara, 57 


T ruth alone is the essence in the world.

Jainism Quote n6069 | 
Prasnavyakarna, 2/2 


O Self! Practice Truth, and nothing but Truth.

Jainism Quote n6068 | 
Acaranga, 3/66 


O ne devoted whole-heartedly to knowledge, faith and right conduct equally accomplishes in full the task of the sramana.

Jainism Quote n6067 | 
Pravachansara, 42 


O ne who remains equanimous in the midst of pleasures and pains is a sramana, being in the state of pure consciousness.

Jainism Quote n6066 | 
Pravachansara, 1/14 


J ust as I do not like misery, so do others. Knowing this, one neither kills, nor gets killed. A Sramana is so called because he behaves equanimously.

Jainism Quote n6065 | 
Anuyogadvara, 708, gatha 3 


L et me give up attachment through unattachment. My soul will be my only support (in this practice of unattachment). (Hence) let me give up everything else.

Jainism Quote n6064 | 
Mulachara, 2/44 


( One should reflect thus:) Let me treat all living beings with eqanimity and none with enmity. Let me attain samadhi (tranquility) by becoming free from expectations.

Jainism Quote n6063 | 
Mulachara, 2/42 


O nly the one who has transcended fear can experience equanimity.

Jainism Quote n6062 | 
Sutrakrtanga, 1/2/2/17 


O ne who cultivates an attitude of equality towards all living beings, mobile and stationary, can attain equanimity. Thus do the kevalis say.

Jainism Quote n6061 | 
Anuyogadvar, 708, gatha 2


D ont be proud if you gain. Nor be sorry if you lose.

Jainism Quote n6060 | 
Acaranga, 2/4/114, 115 


T o kill any living being amounts to killing oneself. Compassion to others is compassion to ones own self. Therefore one should avoid violence like poison and thorn (that cause pain).

Jainism Quote n6059 | 
Bhagavati Aradhana, 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 Quote n6058 | 
Bhagavati Aradhana, 780 


D ont kill any living beings. Dont try to rule them.

Jainism Quote n6057 | 
Acaranga, 4/23 


M y soul characterised by knowledge and faith is alone eternal. All other phases of my existence to which I am attached are external occurrences that are transitory.

Jainism Quote n6056 | 
Niyamsara, 99 


T hose who are ignorant of the supreme purpose of life will never be able to attain nirvana (liberation) in spite of their observance of the vratas (vows) and niymas (rules) of religious conduct and practice of shila (celibacy) and tapas (penance).

Jainism Quote n6055 | 
Samayasara, 153 


T he nights that have departed will never return. They are profitable for one who is given to dharma (righteousness).

Jainism Quote n6054 | 
Uttaradhyayana, 14/25 


T he unenlightened takes millions of lives to extirpate the effects of karma whereas a man possessing spiritual knowledge and discipline obliterates them in a single moment.

Jainism Quote n6053 | 
Bhagavati Aradhana, 10 


T hat which subdues passions, leads to beatitude and fosters friendliness is called knowledge.

Jainism Quote n6052 | 
Mulachara, 5/71 


T hat with the help of which we can know the truth, control the restless mind, and purify the soul is called knowledge.

Jainism Quote n6051 | 
Mulachara, 5/70 


O nly that science is a great and the best of all sciences, the study of which frees man from all kinds of miseries.

Jainism Quote n6050 | 
Isibhasiya, 7/1 


J ust as a threaded (sasutra) needle is secure from being lost, in the same way a person given to selfstudy (sasutra) cannot be lost.

Jainism Quote n6049 | 
Uttaradhyayana, 29/59 


A ll unenlightened persons produce sufferings. Having become deluded, they produce and reproduce sufferings, in this endless world.

Jainism Quote n6048 | 
Uttaradhyayana, 6/1 


E ndowed with conduct and discipline, Who practices control of self, Who throws out all his bondage, He attains the eternal place.

Jainism Quote n6047 | 
Uttaradhyayana, 20/52 


T heres no knowledge without right faith, No conduct is possible without knowledge, Without conduct, theres no liberation, And without liberation, no deliverance.

Jainism Quote n6046 | 
Uttaradhyayana, 27/30 


I f monks possessing more merits with regard to their asceticism, remain practising (their duties) with (or in the company of) those of inferior merits, they are victims of false faith and lose their conduct.

Jainism Quote n6045 | 
Pravachansara, 3/267 


I f a monk of inferior merits, thinking (proudly) that he is a Sramana, expects reverence from one who is more merited, he wanders in worldly existence till infinity.

Jainism Quote n6044 | 
Pravachansara, 3/266 


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