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Liberation (moksha) and freedom (nirvana)

Liberation (moksha) and freedom (nirvana)

अगुणिस्स नत्थि मोक्खो,
नत्थि अमोक्खस्स निव्वाणं

Moksha is not attained in absence of attributes and freedom is not attained in absence of moksha

If someone commits a crime then it should be believed that he has some mental problem; there is deficiency in his conduct. Continue reading “Liberation (moksha) and freedom (nirvana)” »

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Speak not much

Speak not much

बहुयं मा य आलवे

Do not speak too much

Few people speak too much. Throughout the day, they go on speaking. They do not like to keep mum. This is a very bad habit. Stomach of such people are very weak. They cannot keep any secret with them. If they come to know any secret about anyone, they immediately tell others. They do not know how much harmful could be the secret revealed before appropriate time. They go on talking like a scissor. They talk on myriad of subjects that have no depth. Continue reading “Speak not much” »

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Renunciation of enjoyments

Renunciation of enjoyments

उविच्च भोगा पुरिसं चयन्ति,
दुमं जहा खीणफलं व पक्खी

Like birds desert the tree bereft of fruits, enjoyments abandon the man of depleted virtues

Until delicious fruits are there on the tree, birds come from far and wide, sit on its branches and enjoy its fruits; but when all the fruits are over and because of change climate, possibility of fresh fruits is not there, all the birds forsake that and go elsewhere. Continue reading “Renunciation of enjoyments” »

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Attachment and distrees

Attachment and distrees

लुप्पंति बहुसो मूढा, संसारम्मि अणंतए

Usually, ignorant perish in the everlasting world

‘Ignorant’ means attached. In this world, those whose mind is full of attachment, such people suffer in many ways. Continue reading “Attachment and distrees” »

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Be friendly

Be friendly

मेत्तिं भूएसु कप्पए

Be friendly with all living beings

Anger, pride, deceit and greed – these four passions make the soul sulky, restless; not only this, but against whom these are used they also become sullen and restive. They become our enemy because of show of our passions and keep the enmity alive. In response, we also nurture hostility against them and thus, this antagonism becomes stronger and stronger. Continue reading “Be friendly” »

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Infinite Desires

Infinite Desires

इच्छा हु आगाससमा अणंतया

Human desires are infinite like an ocean

Why are we unhappy? We are unhappy because we desire something. What does this mean? Desires in itself are sorrowful. It means that there is only pain until there are desires. Whosoever desires for more and more, is always unhappy. Why are these desires born? Continue reading “Infinite Desires” »

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Otherwise No Moksha

Otherwise No Moksha

कडाण कम्माण न अत्थि मोक्खो

Liberation is not possible without reaping the consequences of your actions

What will happen to the one who keeps his fingers on the lighted lamp? He will feel the heat and his fingers would start burning. After this feeling, even if his fingers are removed from the lighted lamp his pain will continue for some more days. Continue reading “Otherwise No Moksha” »

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Pain and desire

Pain and desire

दुक्खं हयं जस्स न होइ मोहो,
मोहो हओ जस्स न होइ तण्हा

Who is detached, his pain is destroyed; who has no desire, his attachment is extinct

Desires vanquish even men of exemplary fortitude they make men of vision blind. As a man with eyesight cannot see things around him in the darkness of night; likewise, a covetous man does not see the wealth he possesses instead he desires for getting more and more – throughout the life, he struggles like a bull. Continue reading “Pain and desire” »

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Scriptural discipline – penance

Scriptural discipline   penance

कसाया अग्गिणो वुत्ता,
सुयसीलतवो जलं

If passions are fire, then scriptures, celibacy and austerity are called water

Anger, pride, deceit and greed – they are four passions. Like fire, they burn the soul – are the cause of its being restless and annoying. How to escape from them? This has been told through this maxim. If the house is on fire, then it is extinguished by water. Similarly, to pacify the burning soul, use of water of scriptures, good conduct and penance has been recommended. Continue reading “Scriptural discipline – penance” »

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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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