Economics Of Mahavira: [07.14] Mahavira, Marx, Keynes and Gandhi - Material Objects and Freedom

Published: 12.04.2006
Updated: 06.08.2008

Freedom cannot be associated with material objects. Where material development is achieved, man becomes dependent. First, material objects become dependent on man and, then in the process, man becomes the slave of the material objects. It is observed that first man drinks alcohol, then alcohol starts swallowing him. On the same basis, it can be said that first man tries to make objects dependent on him and then material objects make him so dependent that he cannot give them up until the end.

A man was on his deathbed, counting his last breaths. Mustering up all his strength he called his eider son.
The eider son informed him, 'Father, I am seated here'.
Then one by one he called the second, third and fourth sons.
All of them, said, 'Father! We are all here’.
The man got irritated and said, 'Fools! If all of you are here - then who is at the shop?'

Sources
  • Economics Of Mahavira by © Acharya Mahaprajna
  • Edited by Muni Dhananjay Kumar
  • Translated by Dr. S.R. Mohnot
  • Published by Jain Vishwa Bharti, University, Ladnun, India, 1st Edition 2000, 2nd Edition 2001

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