Jain World
Sub-Categories of Passions

The Navakar Mantra

What is the Jain Dharma or Jainism?
Who is a Jin?
Who is a Jain?
The Jain dharma
  The Arrangement Of Ara, The Phases Of Time
  Tirtha, Dharma And Tirthankar (One Who Reveals The Dharma)
  The Exposition Of The Philosophy
  Bhagwan Mahavir
  The Path Of Achievement
  Total Renunciation
  Some special rules of conduct for sadhus and sadhvis
  The Dashvirati Dharma
  The Fourteen Pledges By Househl Oders
  Avashyak (The Essentials)
  Prathana (Prayer)
  Jap And Dhyan
  The Eighteen Sources Of Sin (Papa Sthanak)..
  Before assuming Dharma
  Marganusari Gun: (35 virtues that guide us on the path of life)
  Tapasya and the codes of conduct:
  The External austerities ( six kinds )
  Abhyantar Tap (Six kinds)
  Some minor and major austerities for daily practice.
  Why is fasting essential ?
  Some Special And Important Austerities
  Why should water be boiled ?
  It is necessary to filter water:
  The Jain Dharma prohibits the eating of the following things
  Why should not people eat meat ?
  Even the egg is dangerous !
  Alcoholic drinks should be renounced
  Why should we not eat certain types of food?
  We should not take food in the night. Why?
  Why should we not eat green and raw vegetables on some special days?
  Organization of the Jain Society
  Some Important Jain Institutions
  Jain Upashray: Religious Centres
  The Jain Libraries
  The Jain Schools
  Ayambil Shala
  The Jain Panjarapol--Shelter for Cattle
  The Jain Choultries
  The Jain Pilgrim Centres
  The system of the seven institutions of the Jains.
  The Jain Festivals
  The Jain Celebrations
  The Jain Philosophy
  The Nine Doctrines
  Kashay- Passions
  The Process of Spiritual Elevation,
  Samiti and Gupti
  16 Bhavanas
  The Jain Literature
  A Representative Jain Work
  A Glossary Of Difficult Words

15. The Fourteen Pledges By Househl Oders


Bhadrabahu Vijay

These fourteen pledges have a special place among the codes of conduct that have been prescribed to householders and to keep them within the bounds of righteousness. It is necessary to prescribe a limit to such activities as eating food; drinking and other such tendencies by some vows which bring order into life and provide it strength and firmness. It is obligatory on the part of householders to observe those vows.

These are the vows to be taken as a daily routine.

1) How many items of raw vegetables and grains (Sachchitta) would I eat today?

This limits the number of the their use to make foods.

2) How many variety of items (Dravy) would I eat during my meals?

This limits the total number of items made from different vegetables and grains.

3) How many of Vigai would I not eat today?

This limits the varitey of items of made of different vigai (namely milk, curds, ghee, oil, jaggery and fried substances).

4) How many Vanah (Upanah) would I use today?

This limits the use of things like shoes, sandals, etc.

5) How many items in the categories of Tambol would I eat today?

This limits the items of tambol like betel nuts, betel leaves, cardomom, cloves, etc., to keep the mouth pleasant-smelling,

6 ) How many Vastra (clothes) would I use today?

This limits the use of clothes that are worn including used for bedding and covering and spreading.

7) How many Pushp (flowers) would I use today?

This limits the use of flowers, garlands, etc.

8) How many Vahan (Vehicles) would I use today?

This limits the number of vehicles to be used.

9 ) How many Shayan (Sleeping beds) would I use today?

This limits the number of cots, beds and bedsteads to be used.

10 ) How many Vilepan (makeup items) would I use today?

This limits the quantity of items like puffs, powders, perfumes, sprays, scent, etc.

11 ) How would I observe brdhmacharya (Celibacy) today.

This will teach to restrain sexual pleasues.

12 ) In how many different Disha (Direction) would I go today?

This limits the different direction in which one might go.

13 ) How many items would I use for Snan (Bath)

This limits number of times and use a certain quantity of water for a bath.

14 ) How many times would I do Bhojan-pani (Eat and drink)?

This limits the number of times for food and water.