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Fourteen Gunasthana

  1. 1. Arun Zaveri www.ScientificMeditation.com Phone: +91 22 2414-2989 Email: arunzaveri07@gmail.com Paryushan Parva Lecture Series Jain Center of Greater Boston Norwood, Massachusetts, USA September 2-9, 2013 Day 6 Stages of Spiritual Progress
  2. 2. Soul vs. Karma Karma  Karma’s inherent potency is the centripetal force that compels the soul to transmigrate  Soul’s inherent potency is the centrifugal force which ceaselessly tries to pull itself away from the endless transmigration Soul 2www.ScientificMeditation.com
  3. 3. 3 Perverse Beliefs ( Non-abstinence ( 5 Causes of Karmic Influx Remissness ( Passions ( Activities ( Mental Vocal Physical www.ScientificMeditation.com
  4. 4. Right Faith & Attitude Abstinence & Self-Restraint 5 Causes for Stoppage of Karmic Influx Spiritual Alertness Freedom from Passions Stillness Mental Vocal Physical 4 www.ScientificMeditation.com
  5. 5.  The Doctrine of the fourteen stages of spiritual development Fourteen Gunasthana  Fourteen states of the soul with reference to the consideration of the purification of karma  Nature of purification due to the manifestation of qualities of the soul 5www.ScientificMeditation.com
  6. 6. 14 - Omniscience with total cessation of activities Emancipation - 13 - Omniscience with activities 7 - Self-restraint with freedom from remissness 3 - Right cum wrong belief 8 - Dissimilar coarse passions 6 - Self-restraint unexempted from remissness 5 - Right belief with partial abstinence 4 - Right belief attended with non-abstinence 2 - Lingering relish of right faith 1 - Perverted belief – deluding world-view 12 - Extirpation of delusion 11 - Subsidence of delusion 10 - Subtle passion 9 - Similar coarse passion Fourteen Gunasthana 6www.ScientificMeditation.com
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  8. 8. 1. Deluded World-View (Mithyatva Gunsthan)  The soul’s original and beginning less state of always surrounded by wrong beliefs  The soul is in spiritual slumber, unaware of its own bondage with Karmic matter  Perverted beliefs occur due to the strong influence of View Deluding Karma  Soul endlessly transmigrates within 8.4 million species, experiencing pain and pleasure 8www.ScientificMeditation.com
  9. 9. 9 Fruition of Karma Karmic Expression Primal Drives Messages of  Attachment  Aversion Subtle Taijjas Body – Link body Lesya Psychic Colors Electromagnetic Field Limbic System Neuro-Endocrine Mechanism Activities:  Mental  Vocal  Physical Soul (Atma) Karma body Taijjas body Physical Body Instincts Passions, Quasi-Passions Influx of Karma Matter Karmic influx and bondage Vicious Cycle of Karma www.ScientificMeditation.com
  10. 10. 2. Lingering enlightened worldview Saswadan Samyakadristi Gunsthan  Pit-stop for the Soul on its way down from right belief of 4th to 11th stages of spiritual progress to the lowest (1st)  The Soul loses the right faith, but retains the passing taste or lingering relish of right faith for maximum 4 hours and 48 minutes (= 6 avalikas) 10www.ScientificMeditation.com
  11. 11. 3. Right and Wrong World Views Mishra Dhristi Gunasthan  Mixture of enlightened and deluded world views  Subsidence and partial destruction of the View Deluding Karma results in partially enlightened world view but not firm conviction in the truthfulness of the truth  This stage marks the dawn of spiritual progress, but it lasts less than 48 minutes (intra-hour)  To progress further the soul must now suppress the force of karma, otherwise it will fall back to stage 1 via stage 2 11www.ScientificMeditation.com
  12. 12. Gordian Knot of View & Conduct Deluding Karma Conduct deluding:  Anger  Pride  Deceit  Greed View Deluding:  The near perfect enlightened world-view  Deluded world-view  Mixture of the two 12www.ScientificMeditation.com
  13. 13. Purification Two capacities assist centrifugal force of soul:  Generate a series of varied new experiences  Generate progressively purer karma Progressive purification: 1. Lowering of duration of karma 2. Lowering of intensity of karma 3. Premature fruition during intra-hour 4. Unprecedented type of bondage of very short lived karma 5. Transformation of one type of karma into another type 13www.ScientificMeditation.com
  14. 14. 4. Right Belief with Non-Abstinence  The soul enjoys the dawn of enlightened word view (samyag darshan) which leaves a lasting impression  Such enlightened word view is attained on more than one occasion during spiritual progress until the final liberation is achieved  The soul is prone to fall to the third or second stage when it faces rising of view deluding karma which was postponed for intra-hour 14www.ScientificMeditation.com
  15. 15.  Belief – Reality of the self – bondage and emancipation of soul  Tranquility – calming of passions: Anger, Pride, Deceit & Greed  Keen desire for salvation – saving from sin and its consequences  Detachment from – worldly affairs, body and pleasure  Compassion – Kindliness, friendship towards all, fellow feeling Characteristics of right faith 15www.ScientificMeditation.com
  16. 16. 4. Right Belief with Non-Abstinence Karmic clusters are divided into three heaps in the last time unit of the third stage Pure Semi Pure Impure Any one heap comes into effect at the end of 3rd stage Will not obscure enlightened world view Soul sticks to 4th stage - retains enlightened world view Will partly obscure enlightened world view Soul rebuffs and slips to 3rd stage. It may either go to 4th stage again or to the 1st stage via the 2nd Will completely obscure world view Tenacious passion arises and the soul slides back to 2nd and then 1st stage 16www.ScientificMeditation.com
  17. 17. Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Stages  Soul actively cultivates morality to reach higher stages  Capacity to self-restrain begins at 5th stage of Enlightened World-View with Partial Self Restraint. The layperson takes twelve small vows  The 6th stage is Complete Self-Restraint with Unexempted Remissness. The person takes the great vows of an ascetic  The 7th stage is Complete Self-Restraint with Freedom from Remissness. This is achieved through deep meditation 17www.ScientificMeditation.com
  18. 18. Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Stages  During these stages soul is on one of two ladders: 1. Ladder of Suppression - 2. Ladder of Elimination -  The Soul that climbs the first ladder suppresses the deluding karma, reaches 11th stage and falls down to 6th, 5th, 4th or 2nd stage.  The Soul that climbs the second ladder eliminates the deluding karma and climbs up to the 12th stage 18www.ScientificMeditation.com
  19. 19. Twelfth, Thirteenth, & Fourteenth Stages  In the 12th stage there is complete self-restraint with no deluding karma  In the last time unit of the 12th stage, the soul eliminates knowledge covering, intuition covering and energy obstructive karmas and reaches 13th stage  13th stage is omniscience with physical activity  In the 14th stage the remaining karmas are eliminated and the Soul attains disembodied liberation 19www.ScientificMeditation.com
  20. 20. 14 - Omniscience with total cessation of activities 13 - Omniscience with activities 7 - Self-restraint with freedom from remiss 3 - Right and wrong beliefs 8 - Dissimilar coarse passions 6 - Self-restraint unexempted from remissness 5 - Right belief with partial abstinence 4 - Right belief attended with non-abstinence 2 - Lingering relish of right faith 1 - Perverted belief – deluding world-view 12 - Extirpation of delusion 11 - Subsidence of delusion 10 - Subtle passion 9 - Similar coarse passion E M A N C I P A T I O N 20www.ScientificMeditation.com
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  22. 22. 1. Deluded world-view 2. Lingering relish of right faith 3. Right cum wrong belief 4. Right belief attended with non-abstinence 5. Right belief with partial abstinence 6. Self-restraint un-exempted from remissness 7. Self-restraint with freedom from remissness 8. Dissimilar coarse passions 9. Similar coarse passion 10. Subtle passion 11. Subsidence of delusion 12. Extirpation of delusion 13. Omniscience with activities 14. Omniscience with total cessation of activities 22 www.ScientificMeditation.com

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