Journey into Jain Aagam: Delusion (Moha)

Published: 23.12.2017
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Indra (the head of gods) was among his congregates discussing about the human virtues. Meanwhile, he said, "There is a king named Mohajeet in this world. Moha means delusion and jeet means victory. So it implies that the person has got victory over delusion. Not only the king, but his whole family has got victory over this and it is a very well known notion among the people that if any of their family members die, they won't even shed a tear."

Having heard this from Indra, one of the gods from his assembly decided to testify this. Because of his divine power, the god disguised his real self into a form of a yogi and hid the only son of the king.

After sometime when the maidservant of the king was not able to locate the prince, she went to search for him and was confronted by the yogi. She asked him, "Have you seen our prince going this way?" The yogi made a very sad face and said, "I am sorry to inform you, but this is the truth that the prince was killed by a lion", and he started to weep.

Having seen this, she said to the yogi, "Maharaj, why are you so much disturbed and morose over the death of the prince? It is one of the ultimate truths of life. Anybody who has come in this world will someday have to go. Nobody can live here forever. So, it is useless to weep over the death. And it is particularly not good for you as you have left this world and what's happening in this world, should not bother you."

Hearing that, the god thought, "This is just a maid servant of the king. Why should she feel attached to the prince? Therefore, I must go to the king and tell him about this. Then I will be able to know directly about the king's victory." Thinking this and coming to a conclusion, he went to the palace in the disguise form of a yogi. Unhappily he told the whole story about the prince's death by a lion and waited for his response. But, without getting emotional, the king said peacefully, "Yogiraj! This is the fact of life and you might be knowing about all these things as you are a yogi. Nobody can avoid or delay it. It will happen when it is scheduled to happen. So why should one feel sad and disappointed and waste time over such things."

The king telling that it happens when it is scheduled, to the Yogiraj.

Not satisfied with the king's response, the yogiraj went straight to the Queen's palace and started crying loudly in front of her. He narrated the whole story about her son's death and waited for her reaction. The queen heard it very quietly and without getting moved by it, she said, "Maharajji, the things which belong to me are mine and cannot be snatched away from me by anybody. While those things which are not mine or over which I do not have any right or are not possessed by me, can't remain with me no matter how hard I try. So, why to waste time over the things which are not mine. Nothing in this world is permanent forever. In spite of the fact that I am a mother, I am not feeling any sorry, so why are you?

The god was very surprised to see the detachment power of the family members. At last, he thought that he must go to the wife of the prince. He explained the story in a heart rendering way to the prince's wife while doing this, yogi attempted to faint and fell down on the floor. Seeing this, the prince's wife addressed the yogi, "Oh yogiji! you have left the house, but it seems, not the attachment. It is surprising that these small things still affect you in this way. You must not worry about my husband's death, as he is alive inside me forever."

The god was perplexed as well as astonished after testing the king and the family. He left the disguised form of the yogi and came in his original self and said to the king, "Whatever Indra told me about you and your family was 100 % true as you all have conquered delusion."


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Jain Stories

Title: Journey into Jain Aagam
Author: Sadhvi Vishrut Vibha
Publisher: Jain Vishwa Bharati
Edition: 2001

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