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Attitude of a Non-Abstinent Person

Duryodhana said, ‘jaanaami dharmam na cha me pravrittih’. I know righteousness, but I cannot practice it. ‘jaanaamyadharmam na che me nivrittih’. I know non-righteousness but cannot quit it. The attitude of non-abstinent persons is the same in the modern era. They are aware of righteousness, but do not practice it. They know, yet do not give up the detrimental action. They knowingly do wrong things and do not reform their lives. Many times, they even try to justify their wrong deeds. It was 9 o’clock in the morning, but a child was still sleeping. His mother woke him up and said, ‘Get up! The sun has risen!’ The son said, ‘Oh mother! Where is the sun and where am I ?  Who are you comparing me with ? How lazy is the sun! It sleeps the entire evening. I go to bed by 10 or 11 o’clock. So, tell me who sleeps more – me or the sun?’ A man puts excuses or uses logic to prove himself right for his wrong doings until the inner consciousness gets awakened. Determined work gets done by strengthening the will-power and awakening the consciousness of renunciation. If this consciousness is not awakened, there is no lack of excuses. The awakening of the consciousness of renunciation is life-changing.

The awakening of the consciousness of renunciation is the outcome of subsistence-cum-destruction of apratyaakhyaanaavaran karma. When the subsistence-cum-destruction of both darshansaptak and apratyaakhyaanaavaran occur, right faith with partial abstinence comes into existence. Partial renunciation (deshavrat) makes a shravak feel proud. In ancient time, the lay followers would become deshavrati by observing the vows. When the consciousness of renunciation awakens, the attraction to material objects decreases. Material objects are the means for them, not the end. This is the difference in outlook. As the perception is, so is the world. The consciousness of right faith and renunciation develops the  consciousness of detachment. 

Once, a few non-Jain people visited Acharya Tulsi. While discussing with them, Acharya Tulsi said, ‘We do not keep money in any form.’ They asked surprisingly, ‘How is it possible?’ Acharya Tulsi said, ‘I don’t see any difference between gold and sand. If needed, sand is more useful to us than gold.’ 

Renunciation reduces attachment and minimizes the desires. Positive perspective transforms our thought process. It is rightly said, ‘yadrikdrishti, tadrikshrishti – As is the vision, so is the creation.’ Today, man is ruled by his desires and he himself is unaware of his doings. His deeds follow his desires and he has become a puppet of his desires. Once we saw a puppet show in an organization BharatiyaLok Kala Mandal. Does a puppet dance by itself? No, it dances the way the puppet-mover wants. The life of human beings has become the same. He takes the steps directed by his desires. 

To summarize, taking vow is the initial stage of terminating desires,attachment, and non-abstinence.

Excerpts from "Who is a Jain Shravak ?" by Acharya Mahaprajna 

Jain Story Time
With the blessing of  Mahatapaswi Acharya Shri Mahashramanji, Jain Swetambar Terapanthi Mahasabha has organized Jain story sessions for family members of all ages with special focus on kids to participate in the discussion. Samani Malaypragyaji from JVBNA conducted sessions on How to Become Great on 10th September, Do Good Derive Good on 17th September, As you Sow, so shall you Reap on 24th September and As you Sow, so shall you Reap -2 on 01st October. The sessions were not only interesting and intriguing but very educational. The sessions kept you tied to the seat not only due to the stories but also the due to beautiful explanation that Samaniji tied to each small instance within the story. 

Another beautiful aspect of these story time were how seamlessly these stories tied to complex Jain teaching that by the end of session listeners were surprised by the learning they received. Each layer of the discussion was very well crafted and delivered in most simple terms to make it understandable for all ages.

The session also included a small quiz session coordinated by Kavita ji. Kids really enjoyed these quiz sessions and participated with lot of enthusiasm. Overall an amazing and active program for kids which they enjoyed thoroughly and participated whole heartedly. 

How to Become Great  -  Link to YouTube
Do Good Derive Good  -  Link to YouTube
As you Sow, so shall you Reap  -  Link to YouTube
As you Sow, so shall you Reap -2 -  Link to YouTube
Lets Go Inside with Sessions
JVBNA, New Jersey is happy to share that sessions by Samani Malay Pragyaji and Samani Neeti Pragyaji are starting from Monday September 28, 2020.
Daily recharge your mind, body, soul :  Bhaktamar, Pranayam, Meditation, Exercise 
7 AM to 8 AM EST
India time - 4:30PM - 5:30PM

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Evening Pravachan by Samani ji
8 PM to 9 PM EST 
India time (next day) - 5:30 AM to 6:30 AM

Tuesday - 25 Bol 
Wednesday - Bhaktamar Strotra explanation
Thursday - Uttaradhyayan Sutra 

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Passcode - 108
Or anytime on YouTube : Link to Youtube
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Additional materials
Pranayama for Wellbeing and Inner Strength - Link to Youtube
Meditation Technique to strengthen Fearlessness - Link to Youtube
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