Acharanga Bhasyam: Sūtras 93-95 : Faith

Published: 04.03.2011
Updated: 02.07.2015

5.93 vitigiccha-samāvanneṇaṃ appāṇeṇaṃ ṇo labhati samādhiṃ.

A person of wavering mind cannot attain the state of contemplation.

Bhāṣyaṃ Sūtra 93

Now, the section on discipline begins. The disciple approches the preceptor to learn the subject matter of the scripture. Some subject matter can be learnt with ease and some with difficulty. Out of them, the formless and the subtle, even though not formless are difficult to understand. In the process of understanding them, doubts may arise as to whether the particular subject matter was so or not so.[1]

'Contemplation' means one-pointedness or the unperturbed state of the mind. The person who is afflicted with doubt about the subtle subject matter is incapable of concentrating his mind on any subject, as he is wavering with doubt, nor does he attain the tranquillity or right vision.

5.94 siyā vege aṇugacchaṃti, asiyā vege aṇugacchaṃti, aṇugacchamāṇehiṃ anaṇugacchamāṇe kahaṃ ṇa ṇibbijje?

Some disciples, conversant with the metaphysics, follow the preceptor, some disciples, not conversant with the metaphysics, also follow him. Among these followers, there may be one the disciple who does not follow the preceptor. Would not he be necessarily indifferent (to the instruction)?

Bhāṣyaṃ Sūtra 94

The disciples are of two types; guided and unguided.[2] 'Guided' means trained in the knowledge of truth. 'Unguided' means not trained in the knowledge of truth. Some guided disciples also follow the subject matter explained by the preceptor. Some unguided disciples also do so. While following the preceptor, they express their gratefulness - 'oh! the great ascetics have so well explained the doctrine!' Some others who do not truly follow the preceptor express their doubt about the preceptor's instructions and are disgusted with them. Such disciples must necessarily be disgustful towards the right faith, the penance or the self-restraint.[3]

5.95 tameva saccaṃ ṇīsaṃkaṃ, jaṃ jiṇehiṃ paveiyaṃ.

Whatever has been declared by the Jina is true and absolutely beyond doubt.

Bhāṣyaṃ Sūtra 95

It is the basic Sūtra that expels the disgust of the disciple who fails to understand the subtle truth. Even if you are not able to understand the subtle truth ybu should not have doubt about that. The Jinas are free from all attachment. They do not propound the untruth, you should have faith in what has been propounded by the Jinas, because what is propounded by them is necessarily true and free from all doubts. There is a corroborating reference in the Bhagawati[4] which confirms this Sūtra.

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Jain Vishwa Bharati

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  1. Contemplation
  2. Cūrṇi
  3. Discipline
  4. Jina
  5. Karma
  6. Muni
  7. Parīṣaha
  8. Prajñā Parīṣaha
  9. Soul
  10. Sādhaka
  11. Sādhanā
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  13. Uttarādhyayana
  14. Uttarādhyayana Sūtra
  15. Ācārāṅga
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