Journey into Jain Aagam ► Steadfastness Of The Ascetic

Posted: 13.12.2017

Long time ago, a father and his son left their house and became monks. One day, they set out for a town with other monks. On the way, they had to cross a dense forest. The little monk felt thirsty but he kept following his father. On the way, they saw a river. Feeling the son's thirst, the father-monk, out of great affection, told the little monk, "Drink the water of this river, quench your thirst and take punishment afterwards." The father-monk got down in the river, drank water and later moved aside thinking that his

The father monk drinking water and the little monk moving aside with a thought of not drinking.

son would drink the water without any hesitation. As soon as the little monk got down in the river, a thought entered in his mind, "Why should I drink this water? Water itself has life. It is not proper to take other's life for one's own benefit." After deep thinking his mind changed. As a result, he went back without drinking the water. He kept walking forward and his thirst became intolerable. He became tired due to scorching heat. He stopped and rested under a tree knowing that his end was very near. Then he started chanting Namaskaar Mantra and passed away. He took rebirth in heaven. All the monks appreciated and praised the patience and wisdom of the little monk.

Jainism believes in non-violence. All the monks and nuns observe this view. That is why; they do not kill any living being through mind, speech or body. Here we find that the little monk was steadfast in his principles, he chose to sacrifice his life rather than to drink the water and be responsible for the killing of living beings.

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