Jain philosophy simplified

  • By Shri Narottamdas Kapasi
  • July 2002


121. A pure mind with a pure body is a rare thing.
A person with no passions is at peace with himself.  He is cool.  He does not get angry.  There is no need for him to indulge in vial. He loves all but has no self-interest.  He serves all except himself.
He is leading a simple life.  He needs, no wealth, no self-decoration, and no ornaments.
Having no interest to grind, he loves Truth. He speaks Trust. He is, therefore, loved and worshipped by all.
Ladies have no charm for him.  Though not a Muni or Rishi, he is like a Muni or Rishi.
122. Achieving a high spiritual stage is not an easy thing. One has to abstain from pleasant things in life.  He has to forego earthly things.
123. Most people adore celibacy but they have no desire to practice it.
124. An Jain scriptures, it is said that a tree requires nine hedges for its protection.  So for preservation of celibacy nine precepts are prescribed, they are:
(1) Not to stay, where a lady stays.
(2) Not to talk with ladies or about ladies.
(3) Not to sit with a lady on one seat.
(4) Not to look at the beauty of the lady.
(5) Not to listen to love conversation.
(6) Not to think of past enjoyment.
(7) Not to take tasty food.
(8) Not to take a greater quantity of food than necessary.
(9) Not to beautify body with ornaments.

These nine precepts, if properly observed, keep the senses under restraint.

125. A person with a desire for celibacy cannot afford to have a wavering mind.  His mind must be kept firm.
126. To preserve celibacy, mind must be kept pure. The slightest laxity in purity may bring a fall.
127. The practice of celibacy is a difficult one.  Therefore Jainism advises a person not to stray, not to love another’s wife. A restrained life is prescribed for a married person.  For Munies, complete celibacy is a must.
128. A ‘parichar’ means a loss of innumerable lives, apart from the impurity of body, mind and soul.

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