An Introduction To Jainism ► [14] 5. Āśrava

Posted: 09.12.2008

It is of five kinds:

1. Perverted belief (mithyātva)
2. Non-abstinence (avrata)
3. Remissness (pramāda)
4. Passions (kaṣāya)
5. Activities (yoga) It is explained thus:

  1. As is the inlet of a pond, the door of a building and the hole in the boat, so is the āśrava of a jīva.
  2. As the inlet and the pond, the door and the building, the hole and the boat are one (i.e., not separate), so are āśrava and jīva.
  3. That through which water flows in (the pond) is the inlet, that through which man enters in (the building) is the door and that through which water enters in (the boat) is the hole, similarly that through which karma enters in (the soul) is āśrava.
  4. As water and inlet are two separate entities, man and door are two separate entities, water and the hole are two separate entities, so karma and āśrava are two separate entities.
  5. That through which water flows in (the pond) is the inlet, but water is not the inlet; that through which man enters in (the building) is the door, but man is not the door; that through which water enters in (the boat) is the hole, but water is not the hole, similarly that through which karma enters is āśrava, but karma is not āśrava.
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