Economics Of Mahavira: [04.09] Limitation of Individual Ownership and Personal Consumption - Minimum/Maximum Ownership

Published: 11.02.2006
Updated: 06.10.2008

Minimum Ownership

Whatever is needed for a living can be called the minimum need. This sets the limit for minimum ownership. Bread, clothing and housing - these fall under the concept of minimum ownership.

Maximum Ownership

Maximum ownership cannot be considered desirable or ennobling. It has its own limit. One can manage with one khadi dhoti or one saree. On the contrary, one may feel dissatisfied even with a saree costing two thousand, ten thousand or fifty thousand rupees. l have learnt from the newspapers that people possess dresses worth crores of rupees while one can certainly live with just one khadi kurta, one dhoti and one cap. The example of Gandhiji is before us. He even managed to live with just a dhoti.

People today do not comprehend how much of peace and comfort can be derived from these simple and limited clothes. It may seem strange but the moment we wear costly clothes, fear Starts. While we put on such clothes, we also put on fear! The fear of the dress getting dirty, the fear of its getting torn, the fear of its getting shrunk, and the fear of its losing the shine and the glamour. Like this, a number of other fears start bothering you.

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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