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INTRODUCTION

I. Samayasara Samayaprabharitam
II. Soul and Non-soul (Jiva-Ajiva)
III. The Ethic of Action
IV. Demerit and Merit (Punya Papa)
  V. Inflow of Karmas
  VI. Checking of Karmas (Samvara)
  VII. The shedding of Karmas (Nirjara)
  VIII. Bondage  (Bandha)
  IX. Liberation (Moksha)
  X. Liberation Pure bsolute Knowledge
  XI. Samayasara

Chapter VII  -  The Shedding of Karmas (Nirjara)

 

 

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          239-242.  As man in this world serves a king for his livelihood, and the king gives him many kinds of things which give pleasure.  Similarly the soul (as) man serves Karmic matter for his pleasure; the Karma king gives pleasure bringing objects (to him).  Again when that very man does not serve the king for his livelihood, then the king does not give him many kinds of pleasure bringing objects of enjoment.  In the same manner, the right-believer does not serve Karmic matter for enjoying sense pleasures, Then that Karmic matter does not give (him) many kinds of pleasure-giving objects.

 

Commentary.

          A right �believer is not enmoured of the objects of pleasure, which come to him.  He enjoys them indifferently; and is therefore not subjected to bondage of Karmas.  A wrong believer binds Karmas on account of strong indulgence in objects of desire.

          When a right believer finds himself unable to attend to self realisation, he begins to perform good actions of wrpoship,. Service, charity, pursuit of right knowledge; etc., not the sake of gaining merit and thereby sense-pleasures, but for being saved from falling into performance of had deeds, and to find opportunities for again attaining self-meditation.  His object is self absorption, while that of a wrong believer is sense-enjoyment.  Performance of good deeds without desire result in binding such Karmas as procure a strong body necessary for earn self-concentration.  When pleasure-bearing Karmas operate and bring about agreeable objects,. A right believing wise man does not indulge in them, but allows the operation of good Karmas to pass on.  The karmas then in operation shed off without bindings new karmas.  In this way, a right believer sheds a larger number of Karmic molecules.

          The pure thought activity obtained in this practice becomes the cause of shedding great many molecules prematurely.

 

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          243.  Because the right believing souls are undoubting (and) thereby fearless.  And as they are free from fear of seven kinds, undisturbale.

 

Commentary.

          A right believer is firmly convinced, without an; the least doubt whatsoever, that his soul is all-supreme and permanent, that is its state of purity it knows all that is knowable, in all forms and for all times, present, past and future.  He has an unshakable belief that soul is indestructible and cannot possible die, or suffere from any accident; it is immaterial, and free any physical ills; its inseparable attributes are pure consciousness, peace, and happiness.

          A right believer, whether a layman or a saint, has no fear.  The only difference is that a layman evades danger, and a saint is unmindful of it.

          A saint, who in his soul advancement has entered the sixth spiritual stage, will not shrink from meditation.  Even if he is hurt or ill-treated or attacked by disease, the body may perish, but his equanimity will not be disturbed.

          The seven kinds of fear are thus enumerated.  (1) Fear realting to this life. (2) fear realting to the next life, (3) fear of being without protection, (4) fear of losing what is possessed, (5) fear of pain, (6) fear of accident, and (7) fear do death.

 

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          244. A right believer should be known to be that soul which destroys all the four bases (of bondage, viz., wrong belief, vowlessness, passions, and vibratory activity of the soul) which cause Karmas (i.e., bondage of Karmic matter), delusion and disturbances.

 

Commentary.

          All these four bases, with error-feeding passions, are causes of deep karmic bondage, and of producing delusion and disturbance in the calmness of the soul.  By their removal, a soul becomes right thinking and right-doing.  He believes that not a particle of this universe belongs to him.  �I am soul only.� �no one can burn it, hurt it, kill it, or change it into another soul or non-soul.� This thought keeps him fearless.

 

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          245.  That right believer should be known to be desireless soul, who has no desire whatever in the fruition of Karmas and also in all the systems of religion.

 

Commentary.

          A right believer must have the eight essential qualifications.  The first qualit of fearlessness has already been described.  The second one is desirelessness.  Whenever a soul is illumined with right belief, its liking for all non-soul nature, wordly conditions, misleading religions, pleasure or pain is totally removed.  Whatever desire for wordly pursuits and other non-self engagements or for sense-pleasures is found in a right believer of low stages, if due to the operation of partial and total believer of low stages, if due to the operation of partial and total vow-preventing-passion Karmas.  These desires are like disease which a right believer does not want to have.  So he is desireless and contented.