05 August 2009

Renunciation is propitious

Renunciation is propitious:



Some individuals do not attain a better life in the future
because they are attached to their parents and family;
the wise are mindful of the grievous consequences of attachment,
so they renounce worldly activities and adopt virtuous conduct.

Our life span is limited. So we should not while away the time in infatuation of our loved ones. We should also minimize the activities for earning our livelihood, and our household activities. We should minimize affectionate regard (MOORCHHA) for living and non-living things, because it is a hindrance to spiritual progress.

This teaching of non-attachment should be examined in light of some relevant realities of life. We are expected to love and respect our parents, and keep them at ease. We should try to conduct our lives in such a way that our parents' concerns for our well-being are allayed. This is an essential feature of our practice of nonviolence. Further, we householders have to fulfill our responsibilities towards our family, relatives, friends and society. Acharya Umaswati says that the function of living beings is to help and support each other (PARASPAROPAGRAHO JEEVAANAAM). Thus we have to walk a fine line between our duties and desires. We should do our duties but we should limit our desires. Ensuring that we do not step on the rights of others in our enterprises is rational conduct. However, it is observed that some people accumulate a large amount of money and material without regard to the impact of their exploits on fellow human beings or on the environment. They try to clear their conscience through charity and social service. Indeed their exploits amount to greed and attachment. Jainism teaches us to give up such exploits.

Wish you a Gud Day
Raj Salecha

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