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Human Birth

Human Birth

जीवा सोहिमणुप्पत्ता, आययन्ति मणुस्सयं

Worldly beings get human birth by getting purer

Living beings are born in different birthplaces because of auspicious and inauspicious karma. As per scriptures, this number is eight millions and four hundred thousands. Human birth is believed to be the best because from here only purity can be obtained – effort for moksha can be made. Continue reading “Human Birth” »

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Live Humbly

Live Humbly

अदीणमणसो चरे

Live with Modesty

Humility is a virtue, but immodesty is a vice. A modest person is always judicious and intelligent. He always behaves humbly before a more learned person so that he can learn from him. Continue reading “Live Humbly” »

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In absence of right faith

In absence of right faith

नत्थि चरित्तं सम्मत्तविहूणं

Right conduct cannot be praciiced in absence ol right faith

Samyakatva means right faith. To know what is good conduct and what is bad conduct. What is consequence of good deeds and what of the evil deeds? Who did what, under what circumstances, and what did he get in return? Continue reading “In absence of right faith” »

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With form or formless

With form or formless

नो इन्दियग्गेज्झ अमुत्तभावा,
अमुत्तभावा वि य होइ निच्चं

Formless realities like soul etc. cannot be apprehended by senses and those which are formless are eternal

Knowers of realities know that substances are of two kinds – formless and with form, with body or without body, can be seen or unseen. Continue reading “With form or formless” »

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Manner of speech

Manner of speech

नापुट्ठो वागरे किं चि,
पुट्ठो, वा नालियं वए

Without being asked nothing should be spoken, and even when asked, untruth should not be spoken

Pride is the indigestion of knowledge. It should be understood that those who have knowledge with pride, their knowledge has not matured. Such people go on talking without being asked and in the hope of recognition show off their knowledge. Continue reading “Manner of speech” »

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Wisdom and good conduct

Wisdom and good conduct

न संतसंति मरणंते,
सीलवंता बहुस्सुया

Wise man and man of good conduct are never afraid until death

Pain is the result of wrong done. How and why do we do wrong? Because of ignorance and misconduct. Continue reading “Wisdom and good conduct” »

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The Obstinate Pony

The Obstinate Pony

मा गलियस्सेव कसं, वयणमिच्छे पुणो पुणो

Do not expect repeated instructions from the Guru for fulfilling your duties like an obstinate pony who requires repeated beating

A disciple’s dignity requires that he performs instructed daffy duties everyday with his own initiative without expecting instructions. Wise and humble disciples do likewise and earn a place in the heart of their guru. Continue reading “The Obstinate Pony” »

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Rest on the way

Rest on the way

संसयं खलु सो कुणइ
जो मग्गे कुणई घरं

He only doubts the devotion who wants to rest on the path

Moksha is our final goal and good conduct and good deeds is the path that takes us there. Continue reading “Rest on the way” »

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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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Best refuge

Best refuge

धम्मो दीवो पइट्ठा य, गई सरणमुत्तमं

Religion is an island, respect, movement and best refuge

How happy will a tired swimmer feel when he finds an island after swimming long through the sea? Religion is also like an island for the person swimming in the worldly sea. Continue reading “Best refuge” »

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