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Association with the sadhu

Association with the sadhu

कुज्जा साहूहिं संथवं

Contacts must be maintained with the Sadhus

Eulogy means to know, contact or association. Association influences the whole life. It opens the door of progress. An insect is able to reach the head of the idol because of its association with the flowers. One small river or canal can reach far beyond its power by associating with Gangas, into the gem-filled sea. On the other hand, association with the crooked opens the door of failures. Living with evil men, one adopts evil ways of life, enjoys evil – his all round downfall starts. Continue reading “Association with the sadhu” »

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Speak after thinking

Speak after thinking

अणुचिंतिय वियागरे

Speak after thinking

In this world keeping quiet does not work. Practically everyone has to speak for something or the other. Animals and birds also speak. Their language is different, signs are different, through which they convey their feelings, express their needs. Continue reading “Speak after thinking” »

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Wish not for honor because of penance

Wish not for honor because of penance

नो पूयणं तवसा आवहेज्जा

Do not expect admiration and honor due to penance done

Imagine that few people are crossing a river in a boat. They see the water entering the boat and the possibility of slowly sinking of the same. They immediately look out for the holes in the boat from where water is entering and plug the holes. With that, water stops coming. A few of them throw the accumulated water out of the boat. Continue reading “Wish not for honor because of penance” »

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Happy and unhappy

Happy and unhappy

खणमित्तसुक्खा बहुकालदुक्खा

Sense gratifications provide momentary pleasures but yield pain for long time

Night after the day and day after the night or light after the darkness and darkness after the light; similarly unhappiness after happiness and unhappiness after happiness continue to appear in life. Sometimes, we smile at favorable conditions, and cry at unfavorable condition. Continue reading “Happy and unhappy” »

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Benefits of Self-study

Benefits of Self study

सज्झाएणं नाणावरणिज्जं कम्मं खवेइ

Knowledge-covering karma is annihilated by self-study

Ordinary meaning of svadhyaya is – study of scriptures inspired by the detached or the ones, who have conquered attachment. With this, those karma are destroyed which cover the knowledge. As much we go on studying, so much would the knowledge covering karma will be eradicated and slowly-slowly, we would attain total knowledge or omniscience. Continue reading “Benefits of Self-study” »

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Faith is rare

Faith is rare

श्रद्धा परमदुल्लहा

Faith is very rare

If one were to have faith on the religion then without even thinking of selfishness he can perform his duties. However, how can one cultivate such faith? What should be one’s conduct? Continue reading “Faith is rare” »

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The foundation of good conduct

The foundation of good conduct

नादंसणिस्स नाणं, नाणेण विणा न होंति चरणगुणा

Without right perception, knowledge is not acquired and without knowledge right conduct is not possible

If the perception is not right, then man cannot acquire right knowledge; and until perception be right, truth cannot be discovered and for this it is necessary that he himself should be right. Before the right knowledge one must have right perception. Continue reading “The foundation of good conduct” »

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They are born again

They are born again

माई पमाई पुण एइ गब्भं

Cunning and lethargic are born again

To come in a womb means – to come to life and to come to life means to die one day leaving everything behind or be a part of cycle of birth and death. Continue reading “They are born again” »

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Penance is difficult

Penance is difficult

असिधारागमणं चेव, दुक्करं चरिउं तवो

Penance is as difficult as walking on the edge of a sword.

Penance is of two types – internal and external. External is seen. Therefore, it makes the practitioner famous quickly; but internal penance does not earn him fame so fast. Continue reading “Penance is difficult” »

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Science and religion

Science and religion

विण्णए समागम्म धम्मसाहणमिच्छिउं

Instruments of religion and science must meet together

Instruments of religion must be in agreement with science and instruments of science with religion. Thus, religion must get related with science; both should be in agreement. Both should fulfill each other, become associated, and not oppose each other. Responsibility of this lies with the scientists and religious persons also. Continue reading “Science and religion” »

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