Bhagavan Mahavira Life and Philosophy ► 04 ► [04.04] First Sermon: Muni-Dharma: 1. Sermon on Non-Violence

Posted: 12.08.2005

Chapter 4

Kaivalya (Omniscience) And The Bhagavan's Sermons

hagavan Mahavira preached non-violence and said:

  • Don't kill any living being.
  • Don't cause pain to anybody.
  • Don't impose yourself on anybody.
  • Don't bind and enslave anybody.

This is the Principle of Equalitarianism.
This is the religion of ahimsa.

It is the Eternal Religion.

The following are the constituents of the Religion of Equalitarianism:

  • Don't be afraid of anybody, nor terrorise anybody.
  • Don't consider yourself nor others to be wretched.
  • Don't cherish hatred towards anybody.
  • Don't be sorry if you do not get what you have desired and don't be joyous if you get it.
  • Don't be elated in your happiness and dejected in your misery.
  • Don't be attached to life nor be afraid of death.
  • Don't be puffed up by flattery nor be upset by criticism.
  • If you are honoured, don't be proud, and if you are insulted, don't feel belittled.
  • Don't be disturbed by crises; remain spiritually composed in their midst.
  • Ahimsa consists in an attitude of equanimity.
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