The Support Of Faith: 04 ►Definition of Anuvrata

Published: 22.01.2020

Man takes recourse to violence. He commits fraud, spreads hatred, smuggles goods, incites communal feelings, and pollutes the environment. Man is scared with such heinous acts that man himself commits. Again, man is trying to prevent such ills. Sometimes he requires army support and sometimes moves to the courts of Justice. At one occasion he makes a compromise while at the other becomes a rebel. Nevertheless, the problem becomes more complex as we try to solve it.

What we expect from others we do not want to deliver ourselves. This is the reason why we fail to translate our thoughts into action. Anuvrata guides an individual towards self- improvement. It proclaims its motto as first control you thereafter control others. If the motto is followed, only then a positive result can be expected.

What is Anuvrata? A simple definition of the term can be—a quest for self-discipline. If Anuvrata is to be defined as a religion— it would be a religion free from colour, caste and community based biases. This religion will not be a Jainism, Buddhism, a Sikhism or Christianity. It will be a Manava Dharma (Religion of the human being) Anuvrata is sustaining armour for those who wish to adhere to the simplest rule of moral life and seek to avoid evils by observing simple resolves. Anyone can wear this armour The only condition is—he must have faith in Manava Dharma.

Morality is the product and sensitivity is the perspective of Anuvrata. A sensitive individual understands the pain of others and does not behave like a cruel. He cannot adopt unfair means, neither in trade nor in profession. He cannot be a tyrant; he cannot make breach in mutual trust. Therefore, it is expected to ascertain why there is a crisis of sensitivity amongst us, before we go for a discussion on moral values. The moment we would understand the root of said crisis, believe me there would be no problem" of moral values.

Sources

Title:  The Support Of Faith
Author: 

Acharya Tulsi

Translator: 

Sadhvi Vishrut Vibha

Publisher:  Jain Vishwa Bharati, Ladnun
Edition: 
2000
Digital Publishing: 
Amit Kumar Jain

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