The Quest For Truth: [01.03] Bhagvan Mahavira: Life And Philosophy - Serpent And Equanimity

Published: 21.12.2006
Updated: 02.07.2015

Mahavira was meditating in the ashram of Parshvanatha in Kannkhal.
The serpent called Chandakaushik raised its venomous hood. That did not have any impact on Bhagvan. It now coiled itself around the legs of Bhagvan and repeatedly started hissing at him.

From Bhagvan’s eyes came a continuous flow of the nectar of amity that kept washing away the poison.

Non-violence had conquered violence. The serpent’s anger subsided.The serpent took the oath of non-violence forever.

As Bhagvan Mahavira progressed in his penance he found the sun of equanimity shining with greater brilliance. Also glistening in that brilliance were

  • Truth (satya),
  • Non-stealth (achourya),
  • Celibacy (brahmacharya) and
  • Non-possessiveness (aparigraha).
Sources
  • The Quest For Truth: In the context of Anekanta by Acharya Mahaprajna
  • Edited by Muni Dulahraj
  • Translated by Sudhamahi Regunathan
  • under the guidance of Revered Munishree Mahendra Kumar.
  • Published 2003 by Jain Vishva Bharati Institute (Deemed University), Ladnun, Rajasthan, India

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  1. Anger
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  3. Brahmacharya
  4. Celibacy
  5. Equanimity
  6. Mahavira
  7. Non-violence
  8. Satya
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