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Mahavira

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T he Arhats have propounded the doctrine of Non-Violence, one and all, equally for those who are desirous to practice it and those who are not, those who have abandoned violence and those who have not, those who are deeply engrossed in worldly ties and those who are not. This doctrine of Ahimsa is Truth. It is rightly enunciated here in the teachings of the Arhats. Comprehending the true spirit of the doctrine, one should practice it till one’s last breath.




Jainism Quote n°6129 | 
Acharanga Sutra, 4 





A bove, below and in front, people indulge in violent activities against living beings individually and collectively in many ways; discerning this, a wise man neither himself inflicts violence on these bodies, nor induces others to do so, nor approved of their doing so.




Jainism Quote n°6128 | 
Acharanga Sutra, 1 





T he Arhats of the past, those of the present and the future narrate thus, discourse thus, proclaim thus, and affirm thus: One should not injure, subjugate, enslave, torture or kill any animal, living being, organism or sentient being. This doctrine of Non-Violence (Ahimsa Dharma) is immaculate, immutable and eternal.




Jainism Quote n°6127 | 
Acharanga Sutra, 4 





T he monk who is absorbed in meditation achieves victory over attachment and aversion, and the senses. His fear vanishes and his passions are shattered. Finally, he extirpates his indulgences, abhorrence and delusion.




Jainism Quote n°6126 | 





O ne who meditates on the soul, attains the supreme samadhi.




Jainism Quote n°6125 | 
Niyamsara, 129 





A monk engrossed in meditation renounces all evils. Meditation is therefore the best way of regression from all transgressions.




Jainism Quote n°6124 | 
Niyamsara, 65 





T hose who hanker after pleasure, those who are attached to or seized by passions and are obstinate like miser, cannot know the nature of samadhi (self-concentration).




Jainism Quote n°6123 | 
Sutrakrtanga, 1/2/58 





A s the fire quickly consumes dry wood, even so an adept whose soul is equipoised and unattached causes the accumulated karma structure to disintegrate.




Jainism Quote n°6122 | 
Acaranga, 4/3/33 





M ay the state of Arhats, the Siddhas and the Vitranagas be my goal.




Jainism Quote n°6121 | 
Mulachara, 2/107 





I condemn what is worthy of condemnation. I censure what is worthy of censure. I atone for all the outer and inner encroachments on the soul.




Jainism Quote n°6120 | 
Mulachara, 2/55 





T hose who are interested in worldly objects have of necessity misery in them. If there were no misery in them, they would not indulge in those objects.




Jainism Quote n°6119 | 
Pravachansara, 1/84 





I f one’s vision is capable of expelling the darkness, he would not need a lamp. Likewise the soul itself being blissful, there is no need of external object for bliss.




Jainism Quote n°6118 | 
Pravachansara, 1/67 





O ne who knows the spiritual (self) knows the external (world) too. He who knows the external world, knows the self also.




Jainism Quote n°6117 | 
Acaranga, 1/7/147 





O nly that man can take a right decision, whose soul is not tormented by the afflictions of attachment and aversion.




Jainism Quote n°6116 | 
Isibhasiyam, 44/1 





T he enlightened should contemplate that his soul is endowed with boundless energy.




Jainism Quote n°6115 | 
Niyamasara, 96 





A s a tortoise withdraws his limbs within his own body, even so does the valiant withdraw his mind within himself from all sins. He also withdraws his hands, legs, mind, sense-organs, sinful moods, evil words, pride, and deceitfulness. This indeed is the valor of the valiant.




Jainism Quote n°6114 | 
Sutrakrtanga, 1/8/16-18 





T he valiant does not tolerate indulgence, nor does he tolerate abhorrence. As he is pleased with his own self, he is not attached to anything.




Jainism Quote n°6113 | 
Acaranga, 2/6/160 





O ne who entertains fear finds himself lonely (and helpless).




Jainism Quote n°6112 | 
Prasnavyakarana, 7/20 





T he non-vigilant has fear from all directions. The vigilant has none from any.




Jainism Quote n°6111 | 
Acaranga, 3/75 





D o not be in dread of the dreadful, the illness, the disease, the old age, and even the death or any other object of fear.




Jainism Quote n°6110 | 
Prasnavyakarana, 7/20 





T here is nothing as fearful as death, and there is no suffering as great as birth. Be free from the fear of both birth and death, by doing away with attachment to the body.




Jainism Quote n°6109 | 
Mulachara, 2/119 





B oth the righteous and unrighteous must die. When death is inevitable for both, when should not one embrace death while maintaining good conduct?




Jainism Quote n°6108 | 
Mulachara, 2/101 





T he courageous as well as the cowardly must die. When death is inevitable for both, why should not one welcome death smilingly and with fortitude?




Jainism Quote n°6107 | 
Mulachara, 2/100 





B irth is attended by death, youth by decay and fortune by misfortune. Thus everything in this world is momentary.




Jainism Quote n°6106 | 
Kartikeyanupreksa, 5 





T he yogin who is indifferent to worldly affairs remains spiritually alert to his own duty, namely, his duty towards his soul. On the other hand, one who indulges in worldly affairs is not dutiful to his soul.




Jainism Quote n°6105 | 
Moksha-pahuda, 31 



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