Bhagavan Mahavira Life and Philosophy ► 07 ► [07.12] The Means of Liberation from the Cycle of Sufferings

Posted: 13.09.2005

Chapter 7

The Relevance Of The Jaina Religion To Modern Problems

he physical body, the sense organs and the perception of the objects of the sense organs are involved in the natural course of the living being. We become either attached or averse to objects. This gives momentum to the cycle of sufferings.

One who has achieved the right vision strikes at the root of the cycle of sufferings, which means that he knows the objects, but remains completely detached from them, does not become attached or averse to them.

This can be achieved in two dimensions. The first is not to get involved into the bandha of fresh karmas. This is called samvara. The second is to shed off the past karmas. This is called nirjara. This process of samvara and nirjara does not allow fresh bandha to take place and liquidates the old bandha.

This leads to moksa (emancipation).
The soul becomes liberated in proportion to the reduction of bandha.
A complete liquidation of bandha leads to complete emancipation.

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