LIMITATION ON CONSUMPTION AND OCCUPATIONS


Seventh Vow - Second (Supporting) Guna Vrat

The second supporting vow is to restrict the amount and number of articles which can be used and re-used, and avoid occupations involving gross violence. When will that auspicious day come in my life, when I can take the vow to restrict the number of towels, napkins, bathing water, garments, tooth brushes, oils, lotions, pastes, cosmetics, ornaments, incenses, beverages, sweets, variety of grains, pulses, ghee, oil, milk, curds, green vegetables, fruits, number of items in diet, water, flowers, etc? I also desire that I be able to restrict the number of vehicles, footwear, beds, mattresses, animate things such as fruits with seeds, unboiled water, etc. I shall try to restrict to the best of my abilities, from consuming or using such and other things and not to exceed the set limits, personally, asking some one else to do for me, or encouraging others to do so mentally, verbally, or physically. I shall also try not to get engaged in any occupation that involves gross violence to other living beings, personally, asking some one else to do so, or encouraging others to do so mentally, verbally, or physically.

There are following five major violations pertaining to this vow of limitation of consumption:

1.      Consuming animate things,

2.      Using inanimate things, that are in contact with animate things,

3.      Consuming something that is partially cooked,

4.      Consuming something that is cooked in a cruel way, or

5.      Consuming something in which there is less to eat and more to discard.

 

If I have indulged in any of the above acts, then may all my such sins be dissolved. TASSA MICHCHHAMI DUKKADAM.

There are following five major violations pertaining to this vow of limitation of occupations:

1.      Occupations in which furnaces are used,

2.      Occupations in which trees are cut,

3.      Occupations in fermented goods, such as liquor,

4.      Occupations of renting animals, birds, etc.,

5.      Occupations involving excavations and explosions,

6.      Trades in ivory, bones, horns, fur, etc.,

7.      Manufacturing activities concerned with crushing, etc.,

8.      Trades in lard, honey, meat, fat, etc.,

9.      Trades in sealing wax, etc.,

10.      Trades in poisonous and toxic substances such as opium, and pesticides, etc.,

11.      Occupations in which animals, birds, fish, etc. are tortured or killed,

12.      Occupations in which animals, birds, etc. are ampulated,

13.      Occupations in which fires are set in forests, fields, etc.,

14.      Occupations in which lakes, wells, ponds, etc. are dried up, or

15.      Occupations in which wicked men, prostitutes, or call girls are supported.

 

If I have indulged in any of the above acts, then may all my such sins be dissolved. TASSA MICHCHHAMI DUKKADAM.