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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
  Sthapanacharyaji
  The Dashvirati Dharma
  The Fourteen Pledges By Househl Oders
  Avashyak (The Essentials)
  Prathana (Prayer)
  Jap And Dhyan
  The Eighteen Sources Of Sin (Papa Sthanak)..
  Upadhan
  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
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  Ayambil Shala
  The Jain Panjarapol--Shelter for Cattle
  The Jain Choultries
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  The system of the seven institutions of the Jains.
  The Jain Festivals
  The Jain Celebrations
  The Jain Philosophy
  The Nine Doctrines
  Kal-Time
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  Leshya
  Purvajanma
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  Kashay- Passions
  The Process of Spiritual Elevation,
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  Samiti and Gupti
  16 Bhavanas
  The Jain Literature
  A Representative Jain Work
  A Glossary Of Difficult Words

53. Karma

 

Bhadrabahu Vijay

The Jain dharma considers Karma as an independent and separate entity. It has been calculated in terms of Pudgals because the body is made up of Pudgals. Karma is its cause. Hence, Karma is also made up of Pudgals. The impact of Karma and Pudgals on the soul is deep. The relationship between the soul and Karma is without a beginning. Though Karma becomes inert, it envelops the soul in the form of an energy. It is not correct to think that the soul was pure once: and that later it became enveloped in Karmas. The soul and Karmas have been bound together always; and that has no beginning Of course, it is possible to prevent new Karmas from entering the soul. Moreover, it is also possible to discard and destroy the Karmas that have collected in the soul and are clinging to it. Gold is found mixed with rocks. In the mines, they cut the rock; take out the pieces and by various physical and chemical processes;puregoldisseparated from these pieces of rock. In the same manner, even the soul can be made bright and pure by discarding and destroying all Karmas. It is possible to discard the Karmas that are seated in it exercising an unnatural sway over it and it is possible to deliver the soul from their power. The relationship between the soul and Karmas which has been existing is not endless. It is possible to separate the Karmas from the soul, When the terror and impact of all the Karmas are discarded, the original radiant form of the soul shows itself. The Jain dharma presents a very significant, farsighted and fascinating discussion on the Karma philosophy; and the discussion is such that it enables us to understand thoroughly the process of the Karma binding the soul. It is an excellently argued out thesis; and it is consistent

Here you maysee not a detailed but a brief sketch of the eight karmas.

The Original qualities of tha soul and karmas that covers those qualities are:

1. Anant Jnan is covered by Jnanavaraniya Karma.

2. Anant Darsan is covered by Darsanavaraniya Karma.

3. Anant Charitra is covered by Mohaniya Karma.

4. Anant Virya is covered by Antaray Karma.

5. Akshay Sukh is covered by Vedaniya Karma.

6. Akshay Sthiti is covered by Ayushya Karma.

7. Agurulaghutva is covered by Gotra Karma.

8. Arupitva is covered by Nam Karma.

 

Kinds The effect of the Karma.

The Jnanavaraniya Karma is of five types and the effects of this karma are ignorance, inability to understand, stupidity, inertia, incapable of being taught, illiteracy stammering, etc.

The Darsanavaraniya Karmaare is of nine types and the effects of this karma are blindness, incapacity of the senses, intoxication with power or money, sleep, swooning, etc may envelop the soul.

The Mohaniya Karma is of twenty-eight types and the effects of this karma are attachment, hatred, envy, infatuation, longing. ecstasy, contempt, deep attachment, miserliness etc., Thess defects envelop the soul.

The Antaray Karma is of five types and the effects of this karma are no desire to go on the right path; indolence, poverty; lack of strength; being worried by want; not being ableto do auspicious actions.

The Vedaniya Karma is of two types and the effects of this karma are happiness; h e a I t h; being free from diseases; and ill-health; sickness disease, sorrow etc., also may be caused.

The Ayushya Karma is of four types and the effects of this karma keeps the soul wandering in the vicious circle of birth, life and death.

The Gotra Karma is of two types and the effects of this karma are Being born in a good family and in a high status or being born in a low family or in a lower status.

The Nam Karma is of one hundred and three types and the effects of this karma are Wellbuilt body, Beauty and symmetry in body, or ugliness, notoriety - good fortune - misfortune - prosperity - adversity - honour - dishonour - played blindly by these two - one may attain also the status of Tirthankar by the influence of these factors.

What are different activities which binds these karmas? and why?

1. Condemning knowledge and scholars and enlightened people. Laziness, contempt and displeasure in studying and teaching- By these things the Jnanavaraniya Karma binds the soul.

2. Condemning the canons of religion and Dharma; depreciating them - disrespecting the virtuous and decrying them -Always trying to find fault with such people, condemning piety with the feeling of scepticism. By these things, the Darsanavaraniya Karma binds the soul.

3. Treating the Gods, Preceptors with contempt. Having a deep attachment and hatred -Lamenting and weeping - Being miserly and subservient to passions -Being stupid; being attached; By these things the Mohaniya Karma binds the soul.

4. By causing obstruction to the worship of the Paramatma and to spiritual activities. By plunging into such vices and sins as violence-By not giving charity-and by causing loss to others - on account of these actions' the soul is bound by Antar�y Karma.

5. By not rendering service to the spiritual elders -By not being benevolent and austere and disciplined- by not under- taking vows to perform austerities. By causing worry and misery to others - the Ashata vedaniya Katma binds the soul.

By keeping off violence etc., by endeavoring to give others happiness and peace - by sharing in the sorrows of others -and by maintaining a cordial and friendly contact with all, the Shata vedaniya Karma binds the soul.

6. Those who are immersed fully up to their throats in such sins as violence which shortens the life and those who do good deeds like offering a life support would bind ayushya karmas accordingly.

7. Disrespecting the four-fold Jain Sangh and its organization- contempt and scorn for them -Speaking impertinently of them on account of pride- not fearing sins - on account of these things the Nicha-gotra Karma low-gotra Karma binds the soul.

Having devotion for and faith in the four-fold Sangh - being polite towards the Sangh -carrying out all activities with tenderness - not looking down upon anyone as low- Being free from pride; and by respecting and honoring all and treating all with love one binds the Uchha ot higher gotra karma.

8. If one does not deceive others; and maintains a good conduct and leads a simple life, his soul is bound by the Shubh or auspicious Nama Karma: and if he acts contrary to these principles, his soul is bound by the Ashubh or inauspicious Nama Karma.

How can the Karma be discarded ?

1. By worshipping, respecting the right and pure knowledge - studying and teaching - Taking part in spreading and disseminating knowledge -Respecting scholars and knowledgeable people one discards Jnanavaraniya Karma.

2. By i) having faith in the Lord and showing him devotion, obeying the commands of the Jinas, Respecting the virtuous people, II) Accepting the authority of the Dharmic commands and respecting the Sangh (the four-fold society), III) Being absolutely dedicated to the Paramatma etc., one dsicards Darsanavaraniya Karma.

3. By observing good rules of conduct with firmness and devotion -Exercising control over passions and excitements - living a life of discipline Controlling attachments hatred etc., one discards Mohaniya Karma.

4. The Antaray Karma can be discarded by giving charity -by having a darsan of the Paramatma and worshipping him -By performing austerities like Aradhana and Upasana -By rendering service -by means of devotion, tapascharya, benevolence and by leading a life of contentment.

5. By keeping off violence etc., by endeavoring to give others happiness and peace - by sharing in the sorrows of others -and by maintaining a cordial and friendly contact with all, the vedaniya Karma can be discarded.

6. Leading a noble and pure life, and one gradually discards the ayushya karma.

7. Having devotion for and faith in the four-fold Sangh - being polite towards the Sangh -carrying out all activities with tenderness - not looking down upon anyone as low- Being free from pride; and by respecting and honoring all and treating all with love one discards gora karma.

8. One should not be jealous of anyone - one should keep one's heart pure and wholesome -One should not have attachment for any kind of worldly things. By these means one discards nam Karma.

When the soul get free from the clutches of these eight Karmas, its original quality blossoms with a hundred petals. Enough ! That is Mukti or salvation. That is Moksha; and that is the Paramatmapad, the status of the Supreme Soul. The entire journey of Dharma is intended only to attain this Paramatmapad.