Jainism by Quotation
- Whatever you wish for yourself, wish the same for others.
- Jainism relies a great deal on one's own efforts and
initiatives, and laws of nature.
- We are the masters of our destiny. ** Attachment and aversion are seeds of
Karma, and karma is the source of misery.
- Even the
most offended and powerful enemy does not cause as much harm as
uncontrolled attachment and aversion do.
- One, who washes away
the dirty heap of greed with the water of equanimity and contentment,
attains the everlasting happiness, Moksha.
- All the living beings
wish to live and do not want to die. That is why tirthankars prohibit
the killing of living beings.
- Just as pain is not
acceptable to you, it is so with others.
- There is no fear for a
person with the right perception.
- Knowledge without
right conduct, accepting vows without right faith and performing
austerities without self-control are all futile.
- Right faith is the
root of the great tree of liberation.
- True austerity results
in the absence of desire, and absence of desire results in the salvation.
- A person with right
knowledge does not lose him/her self in this material world.
- Just as a millions of
lamps are of no use to a blind person, study of numerous scriptures does
not do any good to a person without proper conduct.
- Equanimity, tolerance,
pure-thought, freedom from attachment and aversion, right conduct,
religion, devotion to one's own self - all of these are one and same.
- One should practice
religion when he/she is young and healthy.
- In the ocean of the
material world, right religion is the best island for supreme shelter.
- The knowledge which
reveals the multiple aspects of things in an indirect form and is free
from any doubts is called the scriptural knowledge.
- To be Anekäntvädi:
1) Do not insist on your own approach, 2) Accept partial truth as
expressed by others, 3) Accept the truth even if it is expressed by
adversaries, 4) Accept that the truth can consist of seemingly opposing
views, 5) Develop a strong urge to seek truth, 6) Believe in possibilities
and 7) Exercise equanimity towards all.
(male householder) or Shrävikä (female householder) is the person
who is living in a house, has unconditional faith in the teachings of Jina
and at least practices the some of the partial vows (anuvrata).
holds the key position in the whole scheme of the ethical discipline of
the householder and the monk.
- The true religion is
consisted of continuous act of compassion.
- Religion is supremely
auspicious and its essentials are the practice of nonviolence,
self-control and austerity.
- True renunciation
consists in developing indifference towards the world, the body and the
- Every soul is in
itself absolutely omniscient and blissful. The bliss does not come from
- The essential nature
of a thing is called Dharma.
- I am alone, pure,
eternal and formless, and possessing the qualities of apprehension and
comprehension. There is nothing, not even an atom, that is my own.
"Knowledge without action (conduct) is of no
consequence and action (conduct) without knowledge is of no consequence. A lame
man can see the fire (has knowledge) but he cannot escape from it (thus his
knowledge is ineffective.) On the other hand, a blind man (not knowing in which
direction he is running) tries to run away from the fire (takes action) but
(without knowledge) he may not be able to escape the fire.""
" Unity of knowledge and action (conduct) leads to
the desirable result. These are like two wheels of a chariot which cannot run
on one wheel. Everybody knows the story of the lame and blind who got together,
escaped the fire in the jungle and reached the town."
"The fire of austerity (conduct) which is associated
with the air (oxygen) of knowledge and which has the blaze of chastity, burns
the seeds (Karma) that are responsible for worldly life like wildfire burning a
heap of hay."
"Jains believe that the complete truth cannot be
explained by one view point. To know the complete truth, all angles and all
aspects of the given situation need to be analyzed and considered. This
approach is called "Anekäntväd" (multiplicity of views and theory
"Anekäntväd is the basis of Jainism. It is the
life-force of the Jain philosophy."
"Without whom, even the worldly affairs cannot be
carried out, I bow to that Anekäntväd , the only preceptor of the
"Our beliefs in Ahimsä supersedes all
concepts, ideologies, rules, customs and practices, traditional or modern,
eastern or western, political or economical, self-centered or social"
"Aparigraha (Non-possessiveness) is physical Ahimsä
(nonviolence), Syädväd (accepting others words in "some
respect") is verbal Ahimsä and Anekäntväd (multiplicity of
views) is Ahimsä of thoughts. The violence begins in thoughts, then
transforms in speech, and then in physical form."
From Dashvaikälik Sutra:
(KRODH), pride (MÄN), deceit (MÄYÄ) and greed (LOBH)
add to demerit (PÄP). He who is desirous of his own well-being,
should completely give up these four passions.
spoils good relations, pride destroys humility, deceit is detrimental to
friendship, while greed destroys everything.
should suppress anger by tranquillity. Pride should be replaced by
humility. Deceit should be avoided through simplicity
(straightforwardness). One should overcome greed through contentment.
anger and pride are not controlled, and, if deceit and greed are allowed
to increase, then these four evil passions serve to water the roots of
the tree of transmigration (Sansär, cycle of birth and death).
From Uttarädhyayan Sutra:
causes degradation of soul. Pride leads to a low state of existence.
Deceit is an impediment (hindrance) to progress towards better state of
existence. Greed spoils both, the present and the future lives.
that greed has no bounds - all the rice and barley of the entire earth,
all the stock of gold and all the cattles of the earth are not sufficient
to satisfy the desires of a single individual; the wise should practice
always increases with possessions. The more we get, the more we want. In
the beginning, we desire far a little wealth and think that it will be
sufficient for our needs. On acquiring it, we think that even millions
will not be sufficient for our needs.
renouncing passions, the soul attains the state of complete freedom, the
state (VEETARÄG) beyond attachment and aversion. On attaining the
state of non-attachment and non-aversion, the soul becomes indifferent to
worldly pleasure and pain.
conquering anger, the soul acquires the quality of forgiveness. By
conquering pride, the soul gains humility. By giving up deceit, the soul
acquires simplicity and straightforwardness. By conquering greed, the
soul attains contentment.
A person who is free from delusion (who understands
reality), has no misery. A person who is without any longing has no delusion. A
person without greed has no longing. A person who does not have possessions has