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I And Mine: [02.30] - A Religious Revolution - Insistence and Non-insistence

Published: 02.12.2005
Updated: 06.08.2008

Development is the first maxim of insistence and the first maxim of development is non-insistence. Both insistence and non-insistence are very useful. Development ceases if one of them is planted where other is needed.

Insistence enjoys universal approval. Take the individual who is a citizen of India. If he does not insist on preserving the security of the country, will it be possible to preserve India' s sovereignty?

Take another individual whose mother tongue is Bengali. If he lacks insistence vis-à-vis Bengali, will its development be possible? Here in another individual who is Kshatriya (the warrior caste) by caste, will the future of his caste be bright if he is not earnest about it? Yet another individual is a follower of the Jain religion. Will the existence of the Jain religion continue to be effective if he lacks zeal for it?

No individual can be loyal to anybody unless he is earnest at least in relation to some one cause. He will not belong to any country, caste or religion. Even though formally connected with some country, language, caste and religion, he will not be able to do any good to them. In the light of the above, it is very necessary to have insistence.

If there had been non-insistence on the creation of Pakistan in the mind of Mr. Jinnah, the helmsman of Pakistan, that country would never have come into existence.

The war between North and South Vietnam is going on merely on the basis of ideological insistence.

Two factors of the Communist Party - rightists and leftists - too have come into being on the basis of ideological insistence.

Again, it is ideological insistence, which has been responsible for the world's division into two camps-democratic and communist.

To harmonize these variant forms of insistence and to assess their rightness or wrongness is not free from controversies. In the context of our presentation there is no tendency to evaluate customary events on the basis of a single criterion. The theoretical formulation of insistence and non-insistence can be free from controversy.

In the quest for truth our mind should be free from insistence. One should of course insist on following the available truth. Without doing so we can know truth, but cannot imbibe it.

We can solve all our problems if we insist on truth.

Sources
  • I And Mine by Acharya Mahaprajna
  • Edited by Muni Dulahraj ji
  • Translated by R.P. Bhatnagar, formerly Prof. Dept. of English at Jaipur University
  • Published by Jain Vishva Bharati Institute, Ladnun, India, 1st Edition, 1995

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