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Posted: 17.07.2019
By Dr. Samani Mangal Pragya
'Dhuta' was a popular word in the ancient Indian tradition of spiritual practice and it had a reputed status in all the Indian religions. It has also been mentioned in the ancient text like Ācārā ṅ ga of Jain tradition. There is a description of thirteen types of 'dhuta' in 'Visuddhimagga', a famous scripture in the Buddhist religion. Its reference is also found in the Bhāgavata . The...
Posted: 16.07.2019
By Dr. Samani Mangal Pragya
Vīrya means energy. The spiritual practitioner should not hide his energy. Lord Mahavira has said- ' ṇ o ṇ ihejja vīriya ṃ ’ , which means do not conceal your energy. Its use is required in the field of spiritual practice. The use of one's functional energy in the practice of knowledge, faith, conduct and penance is called conduct qua energy. It has been said in...
Posted: 15.07.2019
By Dr. Samani Mangal Pragya
In the Indian spiritual system, penance has an important role. Both Jain and Vedic thinkers have considered it as an essential part of spiritual practice. Penance is a key factor in the elimination of karmas. It makes the soul pure. According to Jain spiritual practice, the meaning of penance is not only restricted to austerities and fasting but also includes scriptural study, meditation, reverence etc. which...

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