Jain Vidya (2): Where are Dravyas?

Published: 17.01.2018

Devendra- Rajendra! will it be possible for you to tell me what is there in my fist?

Rajendra- Yes, Devendra. Is it something difficult? There are five rupees in your fist.

Devendra- Is there something else in addition to these rupees? Rajendra- What else can there be? Yes, there is one more substance i.e. space (akasha). Devendra-Space (akasha)! how?

Rajendra- Space is widespread everywhere in the universe and trans-universe. It is a place of shelter for the entire universe. Devedra- Think again. Is there anything else other than the space in my fist?

Rajendra- What else? pudgal? Rupees are made of pudgals. Hand is also made of pudgal.

Devendra- These objects are already visible. Do let me know the substances other than these which are there in my fist. Rajendra- Stop for a while. Let me think. Why can't there be dharmastikaya and adharmastikaya? They pervade the entire cosmos together with whose help we move and rest. In addition, there might also be kala because it operates in the entire land of human beings.

Devendra- It's all right. If you move further a little you come across something new.

Rajendra- What else is left now?

Devendra- There is still something left out.

Rajendra-1 know nothing about it. If you know it, please do let me know.

Devendra- Where is your jiva (soul)?

Rajendra- It is spread in the entire body.

Devendra- Then, why can't be in your hand too?

Rajendra- Oh amazing! one fist we have all the six substances which include dharmastikaya, adharmastikaya, akashastikaya, kala, pudgal and jiva.

Devendra- Yes, Rajendra, there is no place in the universe where these six substances do not exist.

Questions:

  1. Where is the space spread?
  2. In front of you, if an electric bulb is burning, what substances it is possessed of?
  3. With whose helps do we move?
  4. With whose help do you rest?
Sources
Title: Jain Vidya (2)
Editor: Muni Sumermal (Sudarshan)
Translation: Dr. Samani Shashi Pragya
Publisher: Samana Sanskriti Sankaya, Jain Vishwa Bharati, Ladnun
20th Edition: 2013
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  1. Adharmastikaya
  2. Akasha
  3. Akashastikaya
  4. Body
  5. Devendra
  6. Dharmastikaya
  7. Jiva
  8. Kala
  9. Pudgal
  10. Soul
  11. Space
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