Economics Of Mahavira ► 07 ► [07.10] Mahavira, Marx, Keynes and Gandhi - Motivation

Posted: 08.04.2006

The fifth parameter is motivation. There has to be a guiding motive. With regard to motivation, Mahavira opined that we should only do work which does not create impediments in the way of others and which does not generate unhappiness. There is one kind of happiness that is followed by sorrow and there is another that generates only happiness. There is one kind of happiness that is followed by sorrow as night follows day. The happiness followed by sorrow is not happiness without obstacles; it is happiness with impediments.

Mahavira believed that happiness, which does not generate obstacles behind it and which is enduring and eternal can be achieved. To achieve that happiness is our goal. Gandhi had one broad objective before him achievement of self - rule or freedom. This was a political aim and was not the basic aim. His basic aim was communion with God, to achieve the truth.

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