Jain philosophical insights- I


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This talk was delivered on 12th March 2011 at F-3, Green Park commemorating the centenary birth day of late Sh. Sukumal ji Jain.

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Jain philosophical insights- I

  1. 1. ततोतिता तु तेतितः तोतृतोतीतितोतृतः तता $ तातिततोतोते ततता ते ततोततः May the Infinite Super-conscience of the Almighty protect us ( from fear, hurdles, poverty, ignorance, failure ….) Stuti Vidya shloka no. 13 by Pujyapad Swami Samantabhadra (2nd circa AD) तता = large; ऊती = protection तोतृतः = knowledgeable अताति = unattached उतं = bondage, obstacles ततता = largeness of heart and mind
  3. 4. YAHA PRACHODAYAT (The only One) Who taught APO (the art and science of harvesting and storage of) water JYOTI know-how of lighting a fire RASO the details of food items containing six categories of culinary tastes AMRUTAM the utility of medicinal plants and products BRAHMA the identification of food items such as cereals, fruits, nuts etc and methodical way of cultivation, preservation etc DHIYOHA TAT SAVITUHU by His genius such a creator BHARGAHA who has driven away hunger, disease etc., BHOOR BHUWAH SWAHA provided happiness, harmony and peace DEVASYA Adi Bhagavan’s VARENYAM supreme AUM collective wisdom and vision NAHA DHEEMAHI We gratefully acknowledge (before we begin our day or a new assignment).
  4. 5. “ A minute (Nimesha or nimisha) is the average time interval between two successive eye-lid winking in a normal process taken by the average man. So, having fixed the duration of a day dedicated to a figure of 24 (Tirthankar), each hour was then divided into 60 minutes. Sixty is mathematically related to a product of 24 and 5 (parameshthi). So the total number of samvatsar (years) in a cycle was also equated to 60.” Tirthankar, the Possible Source of 24-Hour Concept
  5. 6. Planet tatva modern astrological portfolio Sun Soul Atma karaka (father) Moon Pudgal Mother and mind Mars Asrava (influx) Initiatives, brother Mercury bondage business affiliations Jupiter stoppage rationality, leadership Venus withering sensual pleasures Saturn Liberation isolation from worldly activities
  6. 7. Arihanta, asarira, ayariya, uvajjhaya munino Pancakkharanippanno, omkaro panca paramitthi The word OM, an acronym of five supreme spiritual guides, made of five first letters (a,a, a, u and m) of Arhat, Asariri (Siddha) Acarya, Upadhyaya and Muni.   Omkaram bindhu samyuktam nityam dhyayantu yoginaha Kamatam mokshatam chaiva Omkaraya namo namaha The great yogis meditate OM always. Our obeisance to Omkar to bestow us both comforts of our choice and salvation.
  7. 8. Telugu script: Onamaalu  
  8. 16. The father took his son by hand and led him to the fence. He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say something in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.”
  9. 17. Ahimsa itself is defined as “ apraturbhavah khalu raagadinam bhavati ahimseti ” ( Purushartha Siddhyopaya , 44) i.e the state free of illusion, ignorance, myths, anger, ego, conceit and greed as expressed in thoughts, speech and deeds. We must be vigilant about our business and social behaviour. We should do a thorough analysis of the food, medicine, clothes etc we take. This analysis starts from “manufacture to mouth” or production to consumption pathways (TS ch 7:4). It goes without saying arms cause harm only and so excess reliance on arms both in trade and use is not healthy.
  10. 24. <ul><li>Mithyadarsana avrati kashaya pramada yoga bandha hetavah | (TS ch 8: 1) </li></ul><ul><li>Blind faith has no place in Jainism. It is considered to be mother of all evils ( Ratnakaranda Sravakachar 34). </li></ul><ul><li>Enlightened rationalism is the antidote to this deadly virus of blind faith, obscurantism and fundamentalism.  </li></ul><ul><li>Next in line is kashay or passions. We must focus on anger management, ego management, transparency in life and tempering of greed. </li></ul>
  11. 25. Shy away from Parigraha
  12. 26. Ahamikko khalu suddho, nimmamao nanadamsanasamaggo Tamhi thio taccitto, savve ee khayam nemi. I am alone, really pure and free from attachment. I have the faculties of cognition and comprehension. Anchoring on my true Self, I annihilate all unreal envelopes. Whatever affective experiences the right believer (with a neutral attitude) has in relation to sense-perceived objects, conscious and non conscious, they only lead to the shedding of karmas or nirjara. ONCE YOUR VISION OR ATTITUDE BECOMES TRUE
  13. 27. As water for certainly washes away blood, so does the giving of food, with devotion, to homeless saints ( atithîs ), without doubt, destroy the sins incidental to a householder's life. YJI Presentation Nov 5 2006 New Delhi PHILANTHROPY IS THE BEST SHELTER Devapuja gurupasti swadhyayam samyam tapaha   danam cheti grahastanam shat karmani dine dine