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Page #1 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ VOL XXXVIII No. 2 OCTOBER ISSN 0021-4043 A QUARTERLY JAINOLOGY ON JAIN Journal 2003 // jaina bhavana // JAIN BHAWAN PUBLICATION Page #2 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ Contents THE FAMILY OF ANEKANTAVADAAND ITS SIGNIFICANCE Prem Suman Jain, Udaipur POET PAMPA, JINAVALLABHAAND ANDHRA: A RETROSPECTION Kamala Hampana ACARYA PUJYAPADA AND HIS WORKS M. Jalendiran ETHICAL UTILITARIANISM IN THE LIGHT OF MAHAVIIRA'S PHILOSOPHY* Smt. Lata Bothra Page #3 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ JAIN JOURNAL Vol. XXXVIII No. 2 October 2003 THE FAMILY OF ANEKANTAVADA AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE Prof. Prem Suman Jain, Udaipur The Jain religion is one of the prominent religions of India. It began as a spiritual discipline of Samanas, Arhats, Tirthankaras, Nigganthas, and Jinas. They were called Samanas (Monks) because they believed in the equality of all beings and practised non-violence. They were called Arhats (worthy of worship) because they lived virtuous lives. As the originators of the spiritual path, they were known as Tirtharikarus (Fordmakers). Being free from passions, they were called Nigganthas (detached). And because they had conquered all of their desires, they were identified as Jinas (Victors). Hence, the religion propounded by such conquerors, is fittingly called the Jaina religion'. Jaina religion encompasses a threefold path of spiritual practice. It includes right faith, right knowledge and right conduct. The three components are interrelated and interdependent and are known as "The Three Jewels", because of their value for salvation. Right knowledge includes the nature of things in this world. In discussing the qualities of material particles, Jainism finds that they are of infinite number and that some of these are apparently contradictory. Simply stated, the qualities of a thing are not exhausted by our comprehension of it, and there is more than meets the eye. Philosophically, this is known as the theory of non-absolutism (Anekantavada) and calls for an attitude of openness?. Our limitations of knowledge dictate a style of relativity. The linguistic manner of expressing various qualities of matter is called Svadvada (the doctrine of qualified assertion). The style of Svadvada allows no rooms for assertions. This Jaina theory of knowledge, incorporating the two principles of non-absolutisms and relativity, has made an esteemed contribution toward liberalizing the mind of man. It elevates the mystery of life and denigrates dogmatism. Anekantavida is a special contribution of the Jainas to the philosophical world. It is the unique contribution that the Jainas have Page #4 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ 64 JAIN JOURNAL VOL-XXXVIII, NO. 2 OCT. 2003 made to the logic and epistemology. It is the foundational principle for philosophical position of the Jainas. Anekanta is the basic attitude of mind which expresses the fundamental principle that reality is complex and it can be looked at from different points of view. The points of view are the naya and the nayas is the psychological expression of the basic principle of Anekanta. Syadvada is the logical expression of Nayavada in predication from. It has the significance of expression and communication in the logical and predictional pattern. Jainism has presented to the world two significant instruments of understanding and expression: one is the Nayavada and the other Syadvada. The Nayavada enables one to analyse the various points of view and appraise their relative validity. It is a remarkable method for the analytical comprehension of a complex question. Naya is a particular approach. It reveals a partial or a particular view of the totality, and it should not be mistaken for the whole. A synthesis of these different viewpoints is an imperative necessity; therein every viewpoint must retain its relative position: and this need is fulfilled by Syadvada. One can say 'yes' or say 'no' or even express one's inability to state anything: these three basic statements, when combined, can give rise to seven predications which are qualified by the term 'Syat' or may be indicating the limits of understanding and expression. Syadvada, in course of the process of assertion or denial, curbs down and harmonises the absolute viewpoints of individual Nayas3. According to another classification, the nayas are broadly categorised as the niscaya-naya and the vyavahara-naya. The first denotes the real, essential and substantial point of view and the other the practical, conventional, popular and relative point of view. The first deals with the pure, essential, real and intrinsic nature of the substance, and the second views the substance through its relationship with other substance, or through the conditions caused in it under extraneous influences; the one is permanent and everlasting and the other emphemeral, transitory and perishable. In the eyes of Jaina philosophy, everything is multifaceted. It is neither only true nor only false, neither eternal nor transitory. It can be true from some angle and false from some other. According to one notion it may be eternal and according to anoher it may be transitory. Existence of various shades of one and the same thing amounts to Anekantavada. Svadvada is an apt synonym for it. While Page #5 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ PROF: PREM SUMAN JAIN: THE FAMILY OF ANEKANTAVADA Anekantavada deals with the descriptive aspect, Svadvada refers to the terminological aspect of any given thing. In other words, we can say that Anekantavada, the theory of non-absolutic standpoint, strives to incorporate the truth of all systems with its two organs that of Nayavada, the doctrine of standpoints, and Syadvada, the dialectic of conditional predication. Anekantavada, in the shape of Syadvada, is the only remedy to overcome all evil in thought, speech and action. Thus the concept of Naya and Syadvada etc, are the family members of the Anekantavada. The very foundation of the Jaina system of philosophy is the conception of reality which is manifold, may infinitefold, hence highly complex and pluralistic in character. It is why the Jaina system is also called the philosophy of Anekanta or the Anekantavada, the term being made up of three words - Aneka (many), anta (aspects or attributes), and vada (ism or theory). It has been described by modern scholars variously as the philosophy of Non-absolutism since it is opposed to unrelenting absolutism or monism (Ekantavada), as the theory of Relative, Pluralism or of Relativity, the theory of Co-existence, the philosophy of Realism (Yatharthavada), and the Quo-dammodo Doctrine. Closely associated with Anekantavada is the Syadvada which is the theory of conditional predication and is based on the Saptabhangi-nyaya. In fact, Anekantavada is concerned with the thought process and Syadvada indicates the manner in which that thought process is given expression to`. It is clear that the analytical stand-points refer to partial truths and it is only their synthetic combination that will bring harmony into a coherent scheme of knowledge. That is the synthetical method employed by the doctrine of Syadvada. This is illustrated by many Jaina thinkers by the parable of seven bling men and the elephant. One blind man feels the leg and says that the elephant is like a pillar, the other feels its body and says that it is like a wall ; the third feels its ear and says that it is like a winnowing pan. Thus each feels only one organ of the elephant and regards that it alone presents the whole truth. For a person who can see the whole elephant with his own eyes, it is clear that individual view of each blind man represents only a partial truth and the whole reality can be understood by the logicical harmonization of all the view-points. This will further indicate that each view is only relative and expressive of only that which is felt by Page #6 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ 66 JAIN JOURNAL VOL-XXXVIII, NO. 2 OCT. 2003 the sense of touch. Thus the Anekantavada is a zig-zag to the peace lovers. It is a world-court which walks the chalk for welfarism. It is a vertoscope and video which stall off staircase illusion about the objects. This view paves the way to establish the world-peace and washes away waspishness of persons and nation. Anekanta consists in a many aided approach to the study of problems of knowing the real thing or truth. Intellectual tolerance is the foundation of this doctrine. It emphasizes the many-sidedness of truth. Reality can be looked at from various angles. Although Anekanta is a special feature of the Jaina point of view, it is possible to say that other schools of thought were aware of the view. In Buddhist Philosophy the phrase 'majjhima magga' bears the same significance as Anekanta. It is suggested that the doctrine of evolution as propounded by the Samkhya school implies the Anekanta attitude. The Jainas perfected the doctrine and systematized it. In the Bhagavatisutra, there is a dialogue between Mahavira and his disciple Gautama - "Are the souls, O Lord, eternal or non-eternal" ? "The souls are eternal in some respect and non-eternal in some other respects" "They are eternal, O Gautama, from the point of view of substance and non-eternal from the point of view of modes." Anekantavada seeks to find out a solution out of this intellectual chaos in the study of the metaphysical problems. It seeks to find meaning in the diversity of opinions and tries to establish that these diverse views are neither completely false nor completely true. They present partial truths from different points of view. The Anekanta seems to determine the extent of reality present different schools of thought and gives a synoptic picture of reality. The eminent Acaryas, like Samantabhadra, Siddhasena, Akalanka and Haribhadra have presented the subtle logical distinctions and the metaphysical thought involving unity and diversity, the oneness and duality and other forms of philosophy on the basis of Anekanta. A comprehensive picture of reality is sought to be presented by the theory of Anekanta. Upadhyaya Yasovijaya says that one who has developed the Anekanta outlook does not dislike other view-points. He looks at other view points with understanding and sympathy, just as a father looks at Page #7 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ PROF PREM SUMAN JAIN: THE FAMILY OF ANEKANTAVADA 67 the activities of his son. One who believes in the Anekanta outlook look at the conflicting and diverse theories of realities with equal respect. He does not look at the diverse theories of realities as one superior to the other. He has the spirit of equanimity in approaching for the understanding of the problems of other theories. In the absence of the spirit of equanimity, all knowledge would be fruitless, and any amount of reading the sacred texts would not lead to any fruitful results. Anekanta states that the nature of reality should be considered and studies purely from the rational point of view without prejudice or bias. The Ekanta attitude is compelling and it drives us to accept its point of view and discourages us to accept the others' point of view. The Jaina logicians have given us a very interesting example in this regard. A milk-maid churns the butter milk, and while churning the buttermilk, she pulls the string on one side and looses the string on the other. In consequence of that butter is extracted from the buttermilk. Similarly, if we look at the different point of view of knowing reality in their proper perspective, considering the primary points of view as important and the secondary points of view with their due consideration, truth can be understood in a true perspective and in a comprehensive way. The intellectual confusion is created by Ekanta while the welter of confusion is cleared by Anekanta. The synoptic outlook of Syadvada gives a comprehensive and true picture of reality. The spring point of the dotrine of multiplicity of viewpoints is that human knowledge cannot be painted in terms of religious colours. Knowledge knows no limitations and boundaries. Religion and philosophy are not limited to a particular country, period, or group. Different points of view are mere additions to the human knowledge. When viewed together, they present the picture of universal reality. Moerover, the knowledge of reality cannot be obtained through the senses. Whatever we perceive through the senses is merely the appearance, it is not the world of reality. If we want to reach reality, we must withdraw from the world or senses into that of inner experience. It is through the combination of proper perception (samyak darsana), proper knowledge (samyak jnana) and rroper conduct (samiyak caritra) that we can attain self-realization and understand the nature of reality. The fundamental philosophical base of Jainism is therefore the comprehensive view of reality. Sain philosophy point out that the Page #8 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ 68 JAIN JOURNAL: VOL-XXXVIII, NO. 2 OCT. 2003 ultimate reality is complex in character and in order to comprehend its nature, we must examine it from various points of view. Attending to a particular aspect of reality to the exclusion of other aspects may serve some specific purpose under certain circumstances, but it is only a partial vision of reality. Overemphasis on a particular aspect of reality not only distorts but it also leads to dogmatic slavery, mutual misunderstanding and conflict of interests. To recognize the nature of reality in all its completeness, one has to review a variety of aspects before arriving at any conclusion. The doctrines of multiplicity of viewpoints and relativism, as postulated by the Jains, have a unique importance today. The present-day world is too circumscribed and interdependent as never before in the history of mankind. In order to achieve the objectives of world peace, harmonious individuality and integrated personality of the individual, the contributions of different sages, faith, philosophers and thinkers of different nations and periods inust not only be fully recognized but should also be given their proper place. This will bring out a common outlook based on justice and equality". The dogmatism emphasizing only the point of view of one religion, philosophy, nation, period or class of people will not satisfy modern, intelligent men. Multiplicity of viewpoints (Anekantavada) is an approach to solve the problems of life from a truly integrated point of view. It provides a synoptic view to bring together in one compass the knowledge attained by different peoples at different times. Relativism (Syadvada) is the first step towards human happiness, peaceful prosperity, world civility, coexistence and cooperative universality in this war-torn, fearful and tense situation of the world today. Jainism is neither the satisfaction of intellectual curiosity (niscaya) nor the practical pragmatism (vyavahara) alone. It is a combination of both. Both are essential for an integrated growth of man. Intellect is significant as a means to better practical moral adjustment. However, truth cannot be attained by reason alone without practical moral discipline of the passions and prejudices which warp human judgement. In short, Jainism is applied intelligence rether than pure science. It is a training in modesty rather than twisting the facts for a supposed explanation. Jainism influences life with deepest insight, widest far-sight, synthetic disinterestedness (vitaraga) and penetrating Page #9 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ PROF. PREM SUMAN JAIN: THE FAMILY OF ANEKANTAVADA comprehensiveness in man's journey towards salvation-the state of soul having infinite perception, infinite knowledge, infinite bliss and infinite strength. 69 As compared with the theory of relativity Syadvada is much simpler and less elaborate, and the reasons are quite apparent; the bounds of human knowledge have become much wider and the achievements of since more fruitful than what they were some centuries before. The contribution of Syadvada and Relativity to the ultimate outlook on life and its problems, taking into consideration the conditions under which and the age in which they are propounded is almost the same. Syadvada establishes a perfect harmony between apparently discordant concepts. It is of great importance in the field of philosophy as a science of understanding and synthesising reality. It stands for cosmopolitanism of thought and 'intellectual tolerance' for which Jainism has eminently stood for the last two thousand years or more'. Dr. J. P. Jain rightly concludes that the Anekanta philosophy of the Jainas, with its two veritable and strong wings, the Nayavada and the Syadvada (based on the Sapta-bhanga logic), is thoroughly consistent with Jaina ontology and the Jaina theory of knowledge. It is with the help of this powerful instrument in their hands that the Jaina philosophers have steered clear of nihilism on the one hand and absolute monism on the other, as well as of shallow realism of the materialist and the ludicrous stand of the idealists. It fosters a rational outlook and an appropriate attitude of looking at things, conditions and relations, gives breadth of vision and helps a right and proper evaluation of ultimate realities. And, it infuses in those who believe in practice this philosophy, a healthy spirit of sympathetic understanding, reconciliation, tolerance, co-operation and co-existence, in the everyday conduct of their life and in their relations with their fellow beings. The Non-absolutist philosophy (Anekanta-darsana) is an indicator of Prophet (Tirthankara) Mahavira's commitment to truth and that of his suprime real knowledge. Syadvada, on the other hand, is a reflection of Bhagavan Mahavira's absolute commitment to nonviolence. His life's whole commitment and endeavour has been to uphold the view that while the truth must be related in its real sense, its statement must not suffer from the flow of opposing others and, Page #10 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ 70 JAIN JOURNAL: VOL-XXXVIII, NO: 2 OCT. 2003 thereby hurting them, thus causing violence. However, this is possible only when we also keep an eye on the other aspects of an issue while stating one of its aspect. Also, we must take sure that we make our assertions authentically only. The Syadvada style of prediction makes it possible by prefacing syat meaning in a certain context before a statement. All substances of the universe are multidimensional. The water, which is a giver of life by virtue of its qualities of quenching thirst and irrigation of crops, is also a perpetrator of death by virtue of its being a cause of floods and drowning. Who does not know that the fire is destructive but, at the same time, it also helps us in cooking, warming etc. The food sustains life but the same food is poison for those suffering from Dyspespsia and Enteric fever. The house, the book, the cloth, the union, the association, the country, etc. are all multidimensional or non-absolute. The house is an aggregate of bricks, mortar, etc; the book is an aggregate of book-leaves; the cloth is an aggregate of lateral and vertical threads; no one calls a single person as a union or association. It is when many men get together that they constitute an association or a union. It is the persons that make people and the people that make countries. We can understand this with the help of another example as well. Rajesh is an individual person. With respect of his father he is a son as well as a father with respect of his son. With respect to his wife he is a husband and a servant with respect to his employer. With respect to his nephew he is an uncle but nephew with respect to his uncle. Similarly, he is a different relation with respect to different individuals. If some disregards his other relationships and regards his as an uncle only, it will not be a real and complete introduction of Rajesh. It will only be a show of ignorance and arrogance. The Jaina thinkers call such arrogance as thought-violence. Such ignorance cannot promote non-violence. That is why they said, first be moderate in your thoughts and then state them in terms of Svadvada. It is not sufficient to state one's own position from one's own point of view, one must permit the other to state his point of view as well. Only then can one see the truth, only then can one be truly and practically non-violent. In the philosophical arena, it is not new to know and state the truth from different points of view. Howere. from the Svadrida system of predication, the Jaina philosophers have brought this precept Page #11 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ PROF. PREM SUMAN JAIN: THE FAMILY OF ANEKANTAVADA to the level of practice. This is their speciality. We all know that everything has at least two aspects. Nothing is absolutely good nor is anything absolutely bad--- "drstam kim api lokesmin na nirdosani na nirgunani" To an ordinary person Margo (Nima) is a plant whose every part taste bitter. However, for the ailing its constituents make for invaluable medicines. Therefore, it will be improper to view 'Nima' from one angle only and to disregard its other qualities. When the position in respect of an ordinary Margo Plant is such, it is well nigh impossible to know and state the infinite qualities of infinite number of things through absolutist statements. The Jaina philosophers deeply realised this and, therefore, they did not limit their concerns upto the human-beings only but extended them to include the sensibilities of the other creatures as well. They realised that like the humans the other creatures, too, enjoy the reght to live. They, too, are free to express themselves through the means at their command. This is the outcome of the Syadvada of Jaina philosophy. 71 Syadvada is not merely speculative in character, but provides the key to a solution of the ontological problem. It has supplied the philosopher with catholicity of thought, convincing him that Truth is not anybody's monopoly with tariff walls of denominational religion, while furnishing the religious aspirant with the virtue of intellectual toleration which is that part of Ahimsa which is one of the fundamental tenets of Jainism'. Prof. Nagin J. Shah rightly emphasizes that it takes care not only to demonstrate that truths of different views, ideas or systems are relative and partial but also to relate and reconcile those truths properly and intelligently in order to arrive at more and more comprehensive, concrete and higher truth. This is the reason why Jaina philosophy considers itself as a synthesis of different systems of philosophy - materialism not excluded. So it becomes imperative on the upholders of anekantavada to study and understand as many philosophical systems are possible and then to attempt their synthesis. They should not neglect any philosophical system - Indian or otherwise. Their task is stupendous but rewarding.1 Prof. K.C. Bhattacharyya in his fascinating article "The Jaina Theory of Anekanta" opens up new vistas to philosophical Page #12 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ JAIN JOURNAL : VOL-XXXVIII, NO. 2OCT. 2003 understanding of the theory of anekanta. He elucidates the theory with novel concepts and terminology, brings out important implications, raises interesting questions and answers them intelligently, explains Jains Realism in the context of Hegelian and Nyaya standpoints, observes that Jaina Realism not only asserts a plurality of determinate truths but also takes each truth to be an indetermination of alternative truths, explicates the development of the Jaina conception of indetermination into seven alternative modes of truth, reveals philosophical significance of the third and fourth modes which are called kramarpana (consecutive presentation) and samarpana (co-presentation) respectively, describes the Jaina theory of Anekanta as theory of indeterministic truth, but does not consider it to be a form of scepticism, and maintains that it represents toleration of many modes of truth." Prof. Ramjee Singh in his article "Relevance of Anekantavada in Modern Times" explains how the modern world needs the spirit of anekantavada most. The spirit of anekantavada can foster worldpeace, can keep together the different peoples with their different cultures, outlooks, temperaments, ideas, sets of rituals and philosophies can offer solution to the social political religious and cultural problems. This spirit is essential to the kind of philosophy needed to account for the complexities of the emerging world civilization." The non-absolutist view is as essential in the day to day practice as it is essential in the field of philosophy and thought. Actually, this view-point gives one an essential flexibility and discriminating insight whereby one can distinguish between the good and the evil. The experience tells us that Absolutism is the root cause of differences and conflict while Non-absolutism that of agreement and friendship. In order to understand it more clearly, let us take the example of traffic signs. Those who follow the traffic signs reach their destinations unhindered. Similarly, the seven ways of predictions that constitute Syadvada can be taken as the seven traffic-signs that regulate the traffic on the intellectual high-way. Following them do not augur any accidental conflict of fhoughts and, therefore, Syadvada is the sure remedy for intellectual conflict as well as intellectual exploitation.'3 From the Syadvadu of the Jaina philosophy it is evident that we inust also accommodate others' views and thoughts. The doors of our thoughts must always be open for the guest-thoughts. From the Page #13 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ PROF. PREM SUMAN JAIN: THE FAMILY OF ANEKANTAVADA childhood itself we have, generally, been writing on the paper after leaving a margin so that we leave some space for correction as well as expansion and, resultantly, make our writings complete and errorfree. The Syadvada gives us a message to leave a margin in every field of our thought and activity. Whether we engage ourselves in gathering knowledge or wealth and fame, the relativity must always be an essential attribute in all our endeavours. We must remember that to share (samvibhaga) is to understand non-absolutism and herein lies the key to our character. Non-absolutism makes our things flawless; flawless thought lead to flawless and relative speech and such speech is the vehicle of intellectual non-violence. The non-violent attitude does not permit us unnecessary accumulation and exploitation and our lives become free from binding attachment. Thus the family of the Anekantavada gives us the formula for spiritual purification and better understanding of day to day behaviour. The Jaina masters have said-our salutation to the revered doctrine of Anekantavada, which is the preceptor of this whole universe and without which the conduct of the very worldly business itself is absolutely impossible. jena vina loyassa vi vayaharo savvaha no nivvadai I tassa bhuvanekkaguruno namo Anegantavayassa. "II In the modern world, the search for relevance or the validity of religious doctrines, cannot be left only to the religious professionals; scientists, philosophers, humanists, sociologists and jurists have to deliberate with them by providing an intellectual content and background to the understanding of theological doctrines and to the practice of ethical codes in the regulation of national and international relationships. The sanctity of life has to be asserted at all costs and the dignity of personality has to be recognized in order to avoid war and racial discrimination. The principles of non-violence, love of truth, absence of greed, self-control, and avoidance of undue attachment form a practical code of conduct for individuals as well as social groups. In their application to International Relationship, they are cumulatively called Pancasila requiring each nation (1) to have respect for each other's territorial integrity, (2) to adopt the policy of non-aggression, (3) to desist from interference in each other's internal affairs, (4) to extend the principle of equality for mutual benefit and (5) to understand and observe in conduct the principle of peaceful co-existence!4. Page #14 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ JAIN JOURNAL VOL-XXXVIII, NO. 2 OCT. 2003 The ethical and spiritual values of Jainism are scientifically valid and would continue to hold good for all ages to come. The daily prayer of a Jaina includes the following verse which constantly reminds him of universal love and brotherhood which are of lasting human value: 74 "O Lord, grant me ever and anon affection towards all living beings, joyful respect towards the virtuous compassion and sympathy for the afflicted and tolerance towards the perverted and the illbehaved". REFERENCES 1. P. S. Jain, Jainism-An Introduction, Jaipur, 1990, p.3 2. Satkari Mookerjee, The Jaina Pholosophy of Non-Absolution, Delhi, 1978 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Jain & Bhanawat; bhagwan Mahavir and His-Relevance in Modern Times, Bikaner, 1976, p.10 J. P. Jain; Religion and Culture of the Jains, Delhi, 1983, p.68 Devendra Muni Shastri ; A Sourse Book in Jaina Philosophy, Udaipur, 1983, p.242-244. P. S. Jain; Essentials of Jainism, Boston, USA, 1984. p.15-16 A. N. Upadhye, Introduction to Pravacanasara, p.85-86 J. P. Jain Ibid, p.73-74 Jain & Upadhye; Mahavira His Times and His Philosophy of Life, New Delhi, p.57-58 10. Nagin J Shah, ; (Ed.) Jaina Theory of Multiple Facets of Reality and Truth (Anekantavada), New Delhi, 1999, Introduction, p.xi. 11. K. C. Bhattacharya; The Jaina Theory of Anekantavada, article published in above book edited by Nagin Shah, p.17 12. Ramjee Singh, Relevance of Anekantavada in Modern Times', article published in above book edited by Nagin Shah, p.127 13. Jain Bharti : (Ed.) Shubhu Patva, Special issue on Anekantavada, 2002, May-June. 14. T. K. Tukol; Compendium of Jainism, Dharwad, 1980, p.336 Page #15 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ POET PAMPA, JINAVALLABHAAND ANDHRA: A RETROSPECTION Kamala Hampana Adikavi Pampa (902-45), the earliest and greatest poet of Kannada literature, and a court-poet of King Arikesari-11 (930-55), has composed the Vikramarjunavijaya (=VAV) and the Adipurana, two epics of the War and Peace, respectively. The VAV is considered as the first complete and abridged vernacular version of the celebrated Sanskrit Mahabharta of Vyasamuni. The poem was solicited by the courtly literate and paid for by Arikesari, the king himself. In the composite double-narrative of VAV, Pampa explicitly identifies Arikesari, the paramount overlord of the Vemulavada Chalukyas and the epic poem's patron, with Arjuna of the Pandavas. The stanzas in the beginning and in the last canto of the VAV, eulogizing the outstanding achievements of king Arikesari and his forefathers, their fame, victories in battle, and other virtues are celebrated, defining the illustrious Arikesari's political aspirations as universalist. By identifying Arikesari, the Chalukya overlord, with Arjuna, an historical person with a mythological character, Pampa has immortalised his patron Arikesari (930-55) alias Ariga, a Chalukya feudatory of the Rashtrakutas. No other king of Andhradesa is projected so felicitously as a National hero of an epic poem as Arikesari. Further it is worth contemplating that poet Pampa has not described Arikesari as an ardent follower of Jainism. In fact the poem VAV has little to do with Jainism. King Arikesari, though a samanta, Duke of a principality of Vemulavada, also known as Lembulapataka, in what is now western Andhra, had the valour and stature of an emperor. He lived and ruled like another Samrata, a parallel Maharaja. In the political milieu of Andhra, Arikesari played a prominent and memorable role assuming the inantle of primary vassal amid the fraying structure of the imperial Rashtrakuta power. Virtually he held the actual power of the imperial Rashtrakuta dynasty till Krishna-III (939-68) became powerful. Arikesari figures prominently in the contemporary lithic records and literary texts where he is described with many epithets including the Gunarnava, 'sea of virturs', Saranagata-jalanidhi, 'sea Page #16 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ 76 JAIN JOURNAL VOL-XXXVIII. NO. 2 OCT. 2003 of the suppliants', and Samanta-cudamani 'Crest-jewel of the vassals'. In the VAV, while fusing Arikesari's biographical and historical elements with legendary character of Arjuna, poet Pampa has powerfully portrayed and succesfully rendered an account of his benefactor. Both the patron and the protege had so much in common which brought them nearer and made them dearer to each other. Pampa decried dictatorship and arrogance but cherished and relished human virtues of modesty, honesty and true cordiality. And so was Arikesari who without hesitation condemned dictatorial attitude of Govinda, his soverign overlord. But Arikesari's loyalty to the imperial monarchy was unquestionable. He was born and bred and spent his childhood in the Royal Residence of the Rashtrakutas at Malkhed. Jakavve, his mother, was the sister of Indra-III (914-29). Revakanimmadi, queen consort of Arikesari, was the daughter of Indra-III. Hence Arikesari had a soft corner and allegiance to the Rashtrakuta house. In the course of the poem, the grandeur of Arjuna sharing the throne of Indra, King of gods, is in explicit identification of Arikesari, the poem's royal patron with Indra-III, the Rashtrakuta monarch and maternal uncle of Arikesari. Poet Pampa and the inscriptions of Andhra recapitulate an historical event that mirror the impeccable and sterling character of Arikesari who did everything to comfort the afflicted. Gojjiga alias Govindaraja (930-35), the Rashtrakuta emperor, raged against king Bijja alias Vijayaditya, a vassal, for no valid reason. When the latter sought shelter, Arikesari, also being a feudatory, held his ground, shielding and saving the grace of Vijayaditya. But the matter did not end there. The humiliated Govindaraja ordered his battalion of fief to attack and conquer Vijayaditya. Once again Arikesari thwarted the usurping Gojjiga and his battalion. In the meanwhile, Gojjiga had appropriated the Rashtrakuta throne by dislodging Baddegadeva Amoghavarsha-III (935-39) his own Ider brother and rightful ruler. Being unseated, the deprived Baddega reached Tripuri for politcal asylum. Arikesari, extending refuge and military support, invited Baddega and restored imperial power. However, Arikesari was never overambitious to cease the Page #17 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ KAMALA HAMPANA: POET PAMPA, JINAVALLABHA AND ANDHRA Rashtrakuta throne for himself. With similar acts of valour and justice, Arikesari constituted himself as paramount overlord, not only in Andhra but also in the Deccan. Pampa, a savyasacin, at ease with the sword and pen, and as a general of the army of Arikesari, seems to have participated these expeditions. Albeit, Pampa with his first hand knowledge of the battle, has vividly described the above details in his poem the Vikramarjunavijaya. 77 According to Jinavallabha's Kurkiyal inscription, Pampa belonged to the family of Jamadagni pancarseya srivatsa-gotra Kamme Brahmanas of Vengiparra village in Vengiesa. Abhimanacandra, his grand-father lived at Nedungonda in Gundikarra. Bhimapayya, son of Abhimanacandra, changed his faith from Brahmanism to Jainism and married Abbanabbe, grand-daughter of the Astrologer Joyisasingha, who belonged to Annigere of Belvola in Karnataka. Pampa, son of Bhimapayya and Abbanabbe, was born at Annigere and spent his childhood frequently visiting the region of Banavasi on the bank of river Varada, and extended his trips to Puligere and Gokarna in Karnataka. Later on, Pampa spent the rest of his life and had his higher education in Andhra, land of his elders. He joined the Chalukya army as a soldier but soon won over the affection of Arikesari who quickly recognised the poetic talent of Pampa and shifted him from the army to become his court-poet. The association of Pampa, Jinavallabha, and other members of the family with Andhra was more intimate and of a longer duration than with Karnataka. Tradition has it that Pampa spent his last days as a monk and died at the village Munipampa named after him [Nalgonda Dt.,] [Ramannapet Tk]. But, based on inscriptional evidence, it is believed that Pampa accepted the vow of sanyasa and is identified with Subhanandi who figures as a disciple of Devendramuni,, in the Bodhan inscription. The Jinendrapurana, a Telugu poem of Padmakavi, which is not extant, is said to be the work of Pampa, equating Padmakavi with Pampakavi. But this speculation needs further evidence. Pampa composed the Adipurana of 16 cantos in Kannada based on the Sanskrit Adipurana of Jinasena acarya. Page #18 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ IAIN JOURNAL: VOL-XXXVIII, NO. 2 OCT. 2003 The latter half of the Adipurana recount the saga of Bharata's quest for domination over his numerous younger brothers and his ignominous defeat by Bahubali, his youngest brother and finally Bahubali's renunciation of the world he has just won in favour of the traditional Jaina mendicant's life. The issue for poet Pampa is 'Where and how is the truly meaningful battle fought? And no where is this issue more piognantly handled than in the story of Bharata and Bahubali. The poem in Champu style refutes and rebuts the war mongers. Pampa skilfully employs the situation of war, when Bharata and Bahubali stand face to face on the battle field, to vilify the thirst for power, and finally hoist the flag of non-injury. It is established that the Jaina litterateurs were the pioneers to write and exploit the sensibilities of the southern languages. Pampa, shifting language preference from Sanskrit to Kannada, opted to author and pave the way for local language of the people. This preference for provincial language for literary works and for the expression of political will, gradually inspired Telugu writers like Nannayya at the court of the Vengi Chalukyas, followed by Errapragada and Tikkana. Jinavallabha, younger brother of Pampa, also following his elder brother's model, eschewed linguistic chauvinism and chose the middle path of respecting all languages. Therefore, he composed the Kurkiyala charter in Sanskrit, Kannada and Telugu. By composing three Kanda stanzas in Telugu for the first time, as early as in C.E. 945, Jinavallabha prepared an infrastructure for the resurgence of Telugu literature. In brief, both Pampa and Jinavallabha encouraged local genius to produce literary texts in the language of the province. Let me recapitulate and underscore the linguistic freedom that prevailed in Andhra. The people were free to speak, write and engrave inscriptions in Kannada, though by then Telugu also had come to be used as a major epigraphical medium. The authorization to write is typically related to social and political privileges. Thus, to choose a language for written literature is an extraordinary phenomenon. Jinavallabha did not bloom to fame in the shadow of his brother Pampa. He had earned it on his merit. He was a pupil of Jayamgonda Siddhanta Bhatara of Panqarangapalli, and belonged to Page #19 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ KAMALA HAMPANA POET PAMPA. JINAVALLABHA AND ANDHRA Potthageyabali and Desiga-gana of Kondakunda Anvaya, a cohort of Mulasamgha, the original congregation. Pampa was a pupil of Devendramuni of the same lineage. He was honoured with titles such as sakalakala-pravina, 'expert in many arts', bhavya-ratnakara, 'sea of eternal bliss' and gunapaksapati, 'favourite of virtues'. Versatile in poesy, proficient in music and melodious recitation, Jinavallabha could effortlessly compose poems in various styles. With such extraordinary ability and skill, he could be the master of the goddess of learning! These titles remind us of the epithets that Pampa possessed: Sarasvatimanihara 'the rosary of Sarasvati', Sukavijana-manomanasottasa, Ornament of good poets, samsara-sarodaya, 'cream of the family' and kavitagunarnava, the sea of poesy'. The circumstances under which Jinavallabha wrote the renowned Kurkiyala inscription are worth pondering: 1. Although the hillock near the village Kurkiyala, containing the historical inscription, is popular as Bommalagutta, the text of the inscription to it as the Siddha-sila, 'the rock of the Siddhas'. Jinavallabha, a devoted lay votary of Jaina faith, solicited the images of the Adyanta (the first and the last) Jinas, (i.e., Adinatha and Mahavira), Chakreshvari (attendant deity of Adinatha Jina), and other Jaina divinities, carved on the huge boulder standing on the summit of the hillock. 79 2. Adinatha Jina was kuladaiva, the egeria of Pampa, and that was the reason for his authoring the Adipurana, biography of Adinatha. Hence Jinavallabha also caused the image of Adinatha carved on the Siddha-sila. 3. Mahavira, the last and the 24th Tirthankara was kuladaiva, the egeria of Bhagiyabbe of Paithana (Pratisthanapura, capital of the Satavahanas), and consort of Jinavallabha. She had commissioned a Jinalaya named after her but dedicated to lord Mahavira, and had set up a caturvimsatipatta. Besides, Bhagiyabbe had consecrated bronze images of Mahavira of which two are extant, preserved in the P.C. Nahar Museum in Kolkata and the Govt. Museum at Chennai, respectively. Paithana and Pandarangapalli were nearer to Bodhana and Vemulavada. The traditions and Page #20 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ 80 JAIN JOURNAL : VOL-XXXVII. NO. 2 OCT. 2003 legends woven around the ancient city of Pratisthana suggest that it was a stronghold of Jaina faith and Jaina friars for centuries. The Satavahana king Hala courted the doctrine of the Jainas and commissioned many Jinalayas at Pratisthanapura. Hence, it is not surprising that Jinavallabha's wife was from that place. 4. With the carving of the image of Adinatha on the face of Siddhasila, the hillock earned the name and fame as Vrsabhagiri, thus Siddhashile became prasiddhashile. 5. Jinavallabha, having regard for his brother Pampa, constructed a Jaina temple named Tribhuvana-tilaka near the hillock, dug a tank called Kavita-gunarnava, named after the popular title of his brother, and laid a garden known as Madanavilasa, 'the elegance of Cupid'. Jinavallabha did all this and much more to perpetuate the memory and worldly recognition of Pampa and his poetry, and to proclaim the fame of both Pampa and Jinadharma. Jinavallabha selected this hillock for one more reason. It was very near and to the south of Dharmavura village which was granted to Pampa by Arikesari, as a reward for writing the VAV. The historical importance of this inscription needs no exaggeration. It furnishes valuable information, hitherto unknown, about the native place of Pampa and Jinavallabha, their parentage and family, the habitat of their ancestors, details of their religious teacher, Jinavallabha's acts of his devotion to Pampa and to his Jinadharma. The bas-relief image of Astabhuje Cakresvari Yakshi, seated in latiasana and Jinas carved in the late Rashtrakuta style are unique contribution to the field of architecture. The seated figure of a male person, with folded hands, near the right foot of the Yakshi, is Garuda, the Vahana, Vehicle of Cakresvari. Another important aspect of consideration in the sequel of carved sculpture is the sacred feet chiselled on the crest of another boulder adjascent to the Siddhasila. The sculpture of this pair of hollowed feet, in the centre of a full bloomed sixteen petalled lotus flower, is a suggestive souvenir to commemorate the holy death of an Page #21 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ KAMALA HAMPANA POET PAMPA, JINAVALLABHA AND ANDHRA unknown person by observing the vow of sallekhana, casting of one's body by prolonged fast. 81 The possibility of the pair of sacrosanct feet enshrined on the summit of the boulder before Siddhasila being the foot-prints of poet Pampa, is worth pondering. Considering the circumstantial evidence, it is probable that Pampa breathed his last here and the foot-print and the inscripitons along with the relivos of Jinas and Jina sasanadevi were carved as a fitting memorial to Pampa. In that case the Kurkiyal inscription deserves to the treated as a Nisidhi sasana. The mapping of the unmapped places associated with the life of Pampa and his kith and kin, is a desideratum. It is obvious that Andhra in general, and Vengi and Vemulavada in particular, is the core area of Pampa's creative, period. Pampa had acquired intimate knowledge of its surroundings because his ancestors formed part of the Venginadu or Benginadu between the rivers of Krishna and Godavari. The geographic boundary of the Vengimandala stretched up to the modern Guntur in the coastal Andhra. Vangiparra or Vengipalu is the modern Peddavegi or Chinnavegi. The Vengi country was predominantly a pocket where Kannada speaking people had concentrated. Major poets of Kannada literature like Pampa, Ponna and Nagavarma migrated from this place. Even Narayanabhatta, a Kannadiga who assisted poet Nannayya to get acquainted with the VAV, belonged to Vengivishaya that spread to the east and west of the modern Godavari District. Gundaparra may be the modern Gundlakamma river. The Kammenadu or Kammarashtra (also Kamma-Kshiti and Kammavishaya) is also an ancient country to the east of Shrishaila including the area of Narasarao, Bapatla and Kurnool. It is mentioned in Prakrit, Sanskrit, Kannada and Telugu inscriptions. The Chalukyas of Badami and Kalyana, and the Rashtrakutas ruled Kammenadu. The Kamme-Brahmanas (Bobburu-Kamme and Ulucha-Kamme) originally hail from Kammenadu. Nidumgonde of Pampa's grand-father is the modern Nidugundi. Bodhan was the capital city of Arikesari, where Pampa composed his two peerless poems and where he spent momentous years of his life. Arikesari showered unbounded cordiality Page #22 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ 82 JAIN JOURNAL : VOL-XXXVIII, NO. 2 OCT. 2003 on the poet. Pleased by his singular achievement and matchless contribution to literature, king Arikesari sent words, seated him by his side on the throne, granted maid servants, villages, ornaments of panca-ratna for daily use, excellent dresses, cattle etc-all in plenty. Crowning all this, the king alloted to the poet, Dharmavura, the best of agraharas, in Bacche-sasira division, which was glittering like the teasury of the king. Men of letters and the elite in Andhra extended their regard to Pampa and the fact that his works inspired Telugu authors, is a befitting tribute to a literary luminary for all ages to come. An epigraph of C.E. 946, preserved in the Museum of Karimnagara, has incorporated five verses of Pampa's Vikramarjunavijaya, and its authorship is attributed to Pampa. Etymology of the nomen Pampa has posed problem to scholars. But the natural surroundings of Pampa's ancestor's original place throws light on the issue. Villages with the names of 'Pampavaram' Bhimavaram, Bhimesvara, and personal names like Bhimapayya and Pampayya were common in the region of Vengimandala, the local river Pampa is considered sacred in Venginadu. This reasonably explains the origin of the names of Pampa and his father Bhimapayya. Another important factor to be noted in the context is that Pampa, elder son, was born before his father Bhimapayya changed his faith to Jainism. Bhimapayya named his second son, who was born after his conversion to Jainism, as Jinavallabha, a typical Jaina personal name. Thus, it is noteworthy that even though the janmabhumi, birth place, of Pampa is in Karnataka, his entire karmabhumi, field of activity, is in Andhra. It only suggests that a great poet has no jurisdiction and the learned is respected everywhere. Reference: 1. Sheldon Pollock: The Cosmopolitan Vernacular, -in-, The Journal of Asian Studies 57, No.1, Feb 1988, pp. 6-37. 2. M. M. Kalaburgi, Marga, vol. 1 Bangalore, 1995. 3. T.V. Venkatachala Sastry, : Shastriya, Vol. 1, Bangalore, 1999. 4. Chidananda Murthy, M: Hosatu-Hosatu, Hampi, 1999. Page #23 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ KAMALA HAMPANA : POET PAMPA, JINAVALLABHA AND ANDHRA 83 5. Hampa Nagarajaiah, A History of the Rastrakutas of Malkhed and Jainism, Bangalore, 2000. 6. M. B. Neginahala, Neginahala Prabandhagalu, Hampi, 1999. 7. A. V. Narasimhamurti, Two Inscriptions of Pampa's sister-in-law Bhagiyabbe, in,-Indian History and Epigraphy, Delhi, 1990, pp. 219-21. 8. Ralph Strohl: Of Kings and Sages (from the Adipurana), -in-, The Clever Adultress and Other Stories, ed. Phyllis Granoff., Oakville (Ontaria)Canada, 1990, pp. 208-43. 9. N. Venkataramanayya, i) The Kurkiyala Inscription of Jinavallabha-in-Epigraphia Andhrica, Vol. 11, Hyderabad, 1974 pp. 21-30. ii) The Chalukyas of L (V) emulavada, Madras, 1953, iii) The Chalukyas of Vengi, Madras 1950. 10. Sitarama Jagirdar: Pampa's Samadha-in-Epigraphia Andhrica, Vol. 11 Hyderabad, 1974, pp. 31-35. Page #24 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ ACARYA PUJYAPADA AND HIS WORKS Dr. M. Jalendiran. Many Acaryas of early time did not mention ever their names as the authors of their works. Pujyapada Devanandi belongs to this class of Acaryas. Therefore, to decide the date and authorship of his works, we will have to depend upon the external sources of tradition. Acarya Pujyapada is an eminent scholar of Digambara Jaina sect. The points mentioned below are the authentic information about the great yogi Acarya Pujyapada. 1. On the basis of Nandi-Amnaya pattavali of Digambara Jaina tradition, Digambara Jaina scholars are of the opinion that Acarya Pujyapada was a successor of Acarya Samantabhadra. Acarya Samantabhadra is the author of Ratna-karandaka-sravakacara. 2. The same tradition states that he belonged to Nandisamgha, a branch of Mulasaingha in Balatkaragana. 3. A story in Rajavalikatha states a few things about the great yogi Acarya Pujyapada. It runs as follows. Sri Pujyapada was born in the town named Kollagala in the Karnatakadesa. His father was Madhava Bhat, a brahmin by caste and his mother was Sridevi. His maternal uncle was Panini, the famous Sanskrit grammarian. His younger sister was Kamalini by name and she was married to Gunabhatta and their son was Nagarjuna. One day Pujyapada saw a frog into a serpent mouth. Then he understood the impermanency of worldly life. Immeditely he became a Jaina mendicant. In the meanwhile Gunabhatta died. His family was placed into a starving condition. One day Acarya Pujyapada went to Kamalini's house and saw the poor condition of her family. Then he asked Kamalini and came to know that she had no other vessel excepting of one iron plate. Pujyapada asked her to bring the same. He took the iron plate and after recitation of certain mantras he gave it to Kamalini with instruction to place it on fire for twenty four hours and afterwards he went away. Page #25 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ DR. M. JALENDIRAN :ACARYA PUJYAPADA AND THIS WORKS Nagarjuna who had been victim of wicked activities came to the house and demanded his mother to give something to sell and to earn money. Kamalini told him that there was nothing except the iron plate which was put into fire with the infusion of mantra power by his maternal uncle Pujyapada and also she told him that the plate should be placed into fire for twentyfour hours according to instruction. Nagarjuna very much in fear rushed to the spot of the fire removed the plate and drenched it into the water. For him it is surprise, that the plate is changed into gold but of lesser carat. Nagarjuna asked his mother where Pujyapada stayed. His mother did not know where exactly Pujyapada was staying and so she could not tell him the dwelling place of Acarya Pujyapada. However, with a determination, Nagarjuna rushed out from the house and wandered. Finally, he reached the dwelling place of Acarya Pujyapada. Pujyapada being entreated very much gave Padmavati mantra to him. Chanting with devotion one could get the power for preparing Siddharasa. Nagarjuna got the siddhi or supernatural power and with great greediness he tried to turn every piece of metal and it is stated that he wanted to turn the small hill Malayagiri situated nearby Chamaraja Nagar, Mysore District, into gold and but he could not achieve the same and so he was disappointed. Thereafter he took Buddhist monk's life. On the basis of the above mentioned story, the following points are worth mentoning here. 1. Acarya Pujyapada is a contemporary of Panini-the most celebrated grammarian who lived in not latter than 6th century A.D. 2. Acarya Pujyapada is the maternal uncle of Nagarjuna, a great Buddhist logician, who lived in somewhere about 6th or 7th century A.D. 3. The above mentioned story contains the life events of Devanandi-Pujyapada, but we cannot take it historically as true in its entireity. Usually, life events of most of the Jaina Acaryas are rarely traced. Therefore, to give the life sketch of Devanandi-Pujyapada further evidences are very much needed. Page #26 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ 86 JAIN JOURNAL VOL-XXXVIII. NO. 2 OCT. 2003 4. Late Dr. Jyoti Prasad Jain in his article 'Jaina Gurus of the name of Pujyapada' has given the life and date of different Pujyapadas. In his conclusion he has mentioned as follows. "Thus we have seen some two dozen references and allusions in literature and epigraphy records to the Jaina gurus known by the name of Pujyapada and when boiled down leave us with about sixteen apparently unconnected Pujyapadas". Dr. Jyoti Prasad Jain points out that 'the references are concerned only with Devanandi-Pujyapada who is the auther of Sarvarthasiddhi and the other texts such as Istopadesa, Dasabhakti and Samadhitantra etc.' Hence, he states that the great Acarya Pujyapada belongs to the 7th century A.D." 5. Acarya Subhacandra mentioned in the commencement of Jnanarnava that he bowed to Devanandi, whose words to remove the blemishes of the living beings originated from the body, speech and mind.2 Here it is definite that the statement "kaya-vak-cittasambhavam" refers to his works first on Ayurveda, second on Jyotisa and the third on all those works pertaining to Adhyatma.2 6. Acarya Devasena mentioned that Devanandi Pujyapada happened to be the Pujyapada Vajranandi by whom the Dravida Samgha was established.3 7. Acarya Jinasena who lived in the 9th A.D., in his work Adipurana had referred to Pujyapada in this following stanza: "kavinam Tirthakruddevah kimtaram tatra varnayate/ vidusam vanmaladhvamsi tirthasya vacomayam//" 8. Dr. Hiralal Jain, in his introduction to the first volume of Satkhandagama, referred that Acarya Virasena, who lived in the 8th century A.D., the famous commentator of 'Dhavala', referred to Pujyapada with a word 'sara samgrahepyuktam Pujyapadaih' 9. The poet Dhananjaya who lived in the 8th century A.D. said to Pujyapada laksanagrantha in the following couplet." "pramanamakalamkasya Pujyapadasya laksanam Dhananjayakaveh kavyam Ratna-trayamapascimam" Page #27 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ DR. M. JALENDIRAN: ACARYA PUJYAPADA AND HIS WORKS 10. Sravanabelagola Inscription number one points out that "the original name of Acarya Pujyapada is Devanandi." 87 The Digambara Jaina scholars are of the opinion that he had lost his eyesight due to the practice of severe austerities. However, it is believed that he regained his eyesight through the power of his meditation. The other names of Acarya Pujyapada are Jainendrabuddhi, Yasahkirti, Yasonandi, Mahayati and Gunanandi. His well-known works are Jainendra-vyakarana--a master piece of Sanskrit grammar. It has earned the name and fame of Acarya Pujyapada. Tradition also mentions that Acarya Devanandi had miraculous power. He journeyed to Videhaksetra where ordinary human beings cannot have the chance to visit that ksetra. Finally, on the basis of the above mentioned references, it is very clear that the great Acarya Pujyapada belongs to the 6th century A.D. Akalankadeva lived in the 7th century A.D. It is indicated in the Chalukyan records. Therefore giving a margin of about hundred years it can be said that Devanandi Pujyapadar lived in the 6th century A.D. Devanandi-Pujyapada has contributed many valuable works to Digambara Jaina literature. He is the author of the texts Sarvarthasiddhi, Samadhi-tantra, Istopadesa, Dasabhakti, Sabdavatara Kalyanakaraka, Jainabhiseka, Santiyastaka etc." Sarvarthasiddhi: It is a learned commentary on the Tattvarthasutra. The language of Pujyapada is noted for its grandeur, elegance and lucidity. This can be identified throughout Sarvarthasiddhi. His explanations about abstruce philosophic ideas are often interesting and clear. He anticipates the opponents and answers them and clears their doubts in the form of Purva-paksa and Siddhanta. His illustrations are all drawn from common life. Therefore the reader does not find any difficulty in understanding the contents of the text of Acarya Pujyapada. The first aphorism of the first chapter is about the way to obtain Omniscience. The very first aphorism is "samyag-darsanajnana- caritrani moksamargah" Page #28 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ 88 "Right faith, right knowledge and right conduct constitute the path to liberation." The grammatical interpretation of this aphorism by Acarya Pujyapada is as follows. JAIN JOURNAL VOL-XXXVIII. NO. 2 OCT. 2003 The word 'samyak' is derived from the root anc' with the preposition 'sam' by addition of the suffix 'kvip'. Its meaning is 'right'. It is added to every one of the words in the sutras i.e. right faith, right knowledge and right conduct. The attribute 'right' added to faith is intended to word of uncertainty, doubt and error in knowledge. The attribute' right' is intended to exclude conduct based on ignorance or wrong knowledge. Further some scholars have raised a question about the formation of above mentioned aphorism. According to them, in the end of this sutra the word 'marga' must be in plural. Actually in this aphorism the word 'mrga' is in singular. In which way has the very same author of this work used this word 'marga'?. Pujyapada's answer is as follows. The path to liberation is the method by which it can be attained. The singular 'path' is used in order to indicate all the three together constitute the path to Liberation. This controverts the views: "each of these singly constitutes a path". Hence, it must be understood that these three right faith, right knowledge and right conduct together constitute the direct path to Liberation. Next the philosophical interpretation of Acarya Pujyapada is to be considered here. The above mentioned aphorism speaks about the way to attain Liberation. Liberation is altogether the attainment of a soul in its different forms. Removal of all the defilements of karmic matter and the body characterized by the inherent qualities of the soul is Liberation. Right faith, right knowledge and right conduct together constitute the direct path to Liberation. Further there is a controversy about the formation of the sutra. Some scholars said that knowledge might precede faith in this sutra for two reasons. Faith arises on the basis of knowledge and the word Page #29 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ DR. M. JALENDIRAN: ACARYA PUJYAPADA AND HIS WORKS knowledge is composed of less number of letters in Sanskrit) than faith (darsuna in Sanskrit). This contention is untenable. Faith and knowledge arise in the soul simultaneously. For instance, when the cloud disappears, both the heat and the light of the same are manifested simultaneously. Similarly, when right faith attained by soul owing to the subsidence cum destruction or destruction cum subsidence of faith deluding karma right sensory knowlegde and right spiritual knowledge are attained by the soul at the same time by the removal of wrong sensory and wrong spiritual knowledge. There is a controversy about the authorship of mangala carana sloka of Sarvarthasiddhi. The sloka is given below: moksa margusya netaram bhettarah karma-bhubhrtam jnataram visvatattvanam vande tadguna-labdhaya" Depending on the statement made by Acarya Vidyananda some of the scholars said: "the above mangalasloka is Tattvarthasutra mangalasloka by Acarya Griddhapriccha' Pandit Siddhantacarya Poolchandra Sastri has denied the above mentioned fact of Acarya Vidyananda. In supporting of his view, Pandit Siddhantacarya Phoolchandra Sastri mentioned if the above mentioned mangalacarana sloka was composed by Acarya Griddhapriccha in his work Tattvarthasutra, definitely Acarya Pujyapada would have commented on it. In the same way Akalanka in his Rajavartika, Acarya Vidyananda in his 'Slokavartika' have not written any commentary on the above mentioned mangalasloka. They have directly started their commentary from the first sutra of Tattvarthasutra-'samyagdarsana-jnana-caritrani moksamargah'. If the same work is to be the mangala sloka, argues Pandit Phoolchandra Sastri, the Acarya mentioned above have written a commentary on the above mentioned maigalacarana sutras. Therefore, Pandit Phool chandra Sastri opines that the above mentioned mangala sloka is not original to the Tattvarthasutra. It is mangalasloka of "Sarvarthasiddhi" composed by Acarya Pujyapada. The above mentioned particulars are the evidences to prove the elegance and lucidity of Acarya Pujyapada. Page #30 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ 90 Samadhi-tantra: It is also known as Samadhi-sataka. The subject-matter of samadhi-sataka is about the soul. He has described the soul from the point of view of Bahiratman, Antaratman and Paramatman. Scholars are of the opinion that this is the final work of Acarya Pujyapada. Istopadesa: JAIN JOURNAL VOL-XXXVIII, NO. 2 OCT. 2003 It consists of fifty one stazas. It is a mystic works of Acarya Pujyapada. Acarya Prabhacandra has commented on it. Dasabhakti: It is also a work of Acarya Pujyapada which contains the devotional songs in Prakrit and in Sanskrit. It is a popular and widely known work by the Jains. Kalyanakaraka: It is a masterly work on medicine. Jainabhiseka: It is a work on prosody. Santisataka: It is a work based on devotional hymns of the great Acarya Pujyapada. There are some prominent scholars in Digambara Jaina sect who have contributed their master pieces of literature to Digambara sect. All the works attribute the name and fame of the Digambara Acaryas. For instance, Acarya Kundakunda, the learned scholar of Digambara Jaina sect, has contributed many authentic works to Digambara Jaina literature. Pancastikaya sara, Samayasara, Pravacanasara are the very important works which illustrate the proficiency of Acarya Kundakunda. Acarya Umasvami's Tattvarthasutra and Acarya Samandabhadra's Sravakacara are also worth mentioning here. Acarya Pujyapada is one of the most celebrated and renowned ascetic scholar of the Indian literature. I bow the great yogic in order to acquire these qualities. "A Pujyapadojani devata pujitam padayugam tadiyam" Page #31 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ DR. M. JALENDIRAN: ACARYA PUYAPADA AND HIS WORKS 1. REFERENCES Jaina Antiquary Vol.16, no.1. p. 1-6, no. 11. p. 46-53, Vol. 18, no.1. p. 7-15, Vol. 18, no.11. p. 1-11, Vol. 19, no. 1. p. 16-21, Vol. 20, no.11. p. 1-8, Vol. 21, no. 1. p. 21-28, Vol. 21, no.l. p. 29-30. 5. "apakurvanti yadvacah kaya-vak-citta-sambhavam! kalyanakamanginam saya devanandi namasyate!! Jaina Sahitya aur Itihasa by Nathuram Premi p.99 F.N.1 "siri pujjapadasiso davidasarighassa kargo duttho namena vajjanandi pahudavedi mahasattho pancasaye chabbise vikkamarayassa marana-pattassa dakkhinamhura jado davidasangho mahamoho -- Jaina Sahitya aur Ithihasa by Nathuram Premi p. 117 F.N. 1 Sarvarthasiddhi by pt. Phoolchandra Sastry. p.77 Satkhandagama, vol. No. 1. prasthapana p. 43 Jaina sahitya aur Itihasa, Nathuram Premi P. 97. F. N. 5 "pragabhyadayi guruna kila devanandi buddhya punar vipulaya sa Jinendrabuddhir siri Pujyapada iti caisa Buddaih pracaksva sat pujitah padayuge vanadevatabhih." Sravanabelagola Inscription No. 105. "Sri pujyapadoddhita dharma rajyastatah suradhisvara pujyapadah yadi yavaidusya gunanidanim vadanti sastrayam tadudvrttani dhrutavis vabuddhirayamatr yogibhin kytya bhavamanuvibhraduccakaih Jinavad babhuva yadanadgacapahrutsa Jinendrabuddhiriti Sadhuvarhitah" 8. Jaina Antiquary vol. 16 no.. 1 p.3 "Jainendrai nijasabdabhagam atulan Sarvarthasiddhipara siddhante nipunatvamuddhakavitamjanabhisekah srakata chandah suksmadhiyas samadhisatakam svasthyam yadiyam vida makhyatiha sa pujyapadamunipahe pujyo muninam ganaih" Jaina Sahitya aur Itihasa by Nathuram Premi 1. Page #32 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ ETHICAL UTILITARIANISM IN THE LIGHT OF MAHAVIIRA'S PHILOSOPHY* Smt. Lata Bothra A child asks his mother "O mother! Who is the greatest of all? His mother smiles and says - "My son, hatthisu eravanam ahu nae siho miganam, salilanam gangal pakkhisu va garule venudevo nivvanadiniha nayaputte. "As the Airavata is the greatest among elephants, the lion, greatest among all animals and Ganga the purest of all waters; likewise Garuda, the son of Venudeva is the greatest among birds. It is none but the Nataputta, the image of purified entity." Yes, there are but a few who tread through the paths of penance, of benevolence and universal brotherhood. They have left everything regarding personal attachments and likewise their very existence blooms forth goodwill and fraternity in a global manner. Among all the ascetics who have treaded through the royal roads of penance and Nirvana, the one born in the jnatr or Nata clan (Nataputta) is renowned eternally and he is the greatest of all the greats. One may ask another pertinent question in this connection. In this age of internet interaction when man is aspirating for its inhabitation in Mars and the globe has already become a village, for what reason should one look at a personality of 2600 years old? Why from the sources of antiquity should one ponder on the lives of these great Tirthankaras ? --- I feel that somewhere we have lost our path as a civilised unit traversing through the countless ages of mankind. Science has increased the speed but has eliminated compassion from one another. As one writer has truly said-Science has given us vega (motion) but has snatched away our avega (emotion). It has violently increased the hunger for lust and power leading to an accumulation of more and more wealth. But while we are moving so fast developing our life style and environment, have we developed ourselves? Are we worthy of utilising the immense resources of this one and only one earth? Has our psyche developed to inherit the heavenly peace, tranquility and subsistence of all that this earth has given us? Today for every bit of our development whether psychological, technical, aesthetic, managerial or political---we are bound to look and watch our way according to the guidelines given to us by the Tirthankaras. The Page #33 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ SMT. LATA BOTHRA: ETINCAL UTILITARIANISM IN THE LIGHT 93 doctrines reflected through the sayings of these Tirthankaras are so immanent and ever lasting, because they are all based on hard scientific logic and realistic insight. One can understand clearly that by dint of sheer transmundane penance, the Tirthankaras have attained the Kevalajnana or the supreme knowledge. Thuswise, they have shown the path of peace and equanimity. They advised to live a life based on ethical rules and tranquility. The quality of the teachings of these Tirthankaras is that not only spiritual facades, but the path of day to day life has also been guided by them. They have shown the unique blend of enjoyment and renunciation being coherent within its facade, which cognites self-restraint and use of mundane materials on a life based on moralities, but also, it allows to enjoy the world with a heart of self contentment. Acarya Samantabhadra invoking salutations to Lord Mahavira says in his Aptamimarsa --- devagamam ubhair yadi camaradayah vibhutayah. mayasvapi dusyante natas tavam api te mahall It means, 'O lord ! celestial gods and beings used to come to you, you had the power to enjoy the auspicious and sacred umbrella (chatra) and the camara which was used to fan you. But you are not worshipped for these mere powers. These powers can be possessed by any cunning high rated magician too. You are adored because your teachings reflected reality. You have shown the pinnacle of human effort (purusartha) which man can reach by dint of his own strife and incessant struggle. You have raised the hopes of all mankind.' As Mahavira attained self-realisation, he told and preached the reality to everybody. The extent of his teachings encompassed from temple to market, from home to office, from business concerns to private life. From political arena to jurisdiction, everywhere Mahavira's teachings had a practical effect. He preached the theme of universal subsistence and development. 2600 years before, Mahavira preached the five main vows of panca mahavrata and Anekantavada to reach the solutions of life on a practical scale. The themes are so great in themselves that even Plato and Aristotle could touch a part of it by propagating political philosophy. The 'Republic' is the testimony of the two great doctrines. Plato emphasises on the Republic that the ruling council would consist of people who would be dedicated to the last drop of their blood. The * This paper was sent for presenting in the Jain Convention to be held at Cincinnati, U.S.A., on 2nd July 2003. Page #34 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ 94 JAIN JOURNAL : VOL-XXXVIII, NO. 2 OCT. 2003 two basic qualities of these people would be non-acceptance and nonaccumulation namely aparigraha and the second would be to be absolutely non-attached to the chair which they are holding at present. For this, the honourable path of celibacy or brahmacarya should be observed by them. Hence, the two famous doctrines are seen absolutely reflected in Plato's Republic. The later philosophers had inclined towards social philosophy and those same doctrines were being explained differently as per sectarian differences. The papacy and clergymen belonging to the Church hailed them to prove and expand their effect and Karl Marx directed them towards the freedom of the have nots. As Jean Jacques Rousseau exclaimed about the inherent concept of liberty in man when he had said that -- "Man is born free, but everywhere he is seen in shackles." By uttering these, Rousseau has reverberated Lord Mahavira's mellifluity and teachings once again. Mahavira during his mellifluous speeches has said that the soul is pure, free and equanimous. Hence it is the freedom personified. But as the layer of the mundane level continues to enshackle humans, they are bonded by the pandemonium of worldly affairs. Although being free in its basic format, the soul becomes entwined with its karma or deeds. Mahavira has also said that the true religion is the basic faculty within a human being. But the living entity or Jiva is responsible for its deeds. These deeds are the bindings for which the soul is unable to be free. While reflecting Mahavira's philosophy on facades of modern metaphysics, the global consciousness reverberates through the pros and cons of ethics and ethical formulative functions. Ethics according to Mahavira should be based on utilitarian and practical lines. Hence it would not be considered as outdated and prehistoric babble. Its importance would be reflected in this contemporary age. Every doctrine of Jainism is related with human freedom and dignity. Abraham Lincoln has emphasized on the specificity of democracy, by giving all power in the hands of the common people. He wholeheartedly strived to erase slavery and thereby practically established the fact of oneness among all. Regarding the importance of equality he had once said "I won't like to be a slave of someone nor do I want to become somebody's lord." Lincoln maintained these self-imposed rules and strictly adhered to them all throagh his life. True religion not only paves the path for the human being towards betterment but the momentum of its speed is given by the Page #35 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ SMT. LATA BOTHRA: ETHICAL UTILITARIANISM IN THE LIGHT culture itself. True religion also forms the language of social liasion. The different traits and types of liasion is based on their respective cultures. Logical and shining ever after, these cultures have given an open space regarding testing social liasion. The cleaning up of this whole work began from the dawn of civilisation. It was Rsabhadeva, the first Tirthankara, who maintained and propagated the paths of social harmony and ethical rules. He taught seventy two ways of enrichment of arts to men and sixty two to women. Truth, non-violence and likewise other qualities were being spread by this saint. The Tirthankaras, who came after him in succession, helped to develop the same theory. All the traits and paths which are described as the divine way are built for the betterment of the human society. In this pollution-ridden modern society where everyone is being engrossed by troubles, we expect some air of relief from our fellow people. As the social relations degrade so, as a result, people do not reciprocate, hence, it is absolutely depressing. Alfred Adler, the famous psychologist, has emphasised on the rewarding aspect which can thwart away the very existence of depression. According to him, if anyone can be responsible for causing happiness in another's mind then his depression will gradually but surely be evaded. Mahavira had given the immortal behavioural ethics for all times to come, when he said --- " Do and behave with people in such a way as you would yourself expect from any person." One cannot ignore the environment and live happily for long. It is the sheer humane feeling which makes a difference between a creator and a destructor. Every bit of the creation should not be put into tension by any living being. If the very sense of compassion is absent from human mind, then violence will automatically break loose. The global feeling of oneness and humanity will surely be at stake. From today's terrorisin-ridden earth, where bullet and blood is the only language, Mahavira's benevolent path of non-violence is the only pathway. Even in the field of industry and business one has to always pay heed and ample attention to the choice and taste of the customers. One who cares and acts accordingly receives full profit. It can happen that by sheer immoral ways, one has obtained quite a bit of profit, but it won't last much long. The path of truth is obviously tough but the facade it constructs remains immortal. From politics to industrialisation wherever falsehood has been the go of the day, its fall down to the earth, has become an inevitable truth. Page #36 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ 96 JAIN JOURNAL VOL-XXXVIII. NO. 2 OCT. 2003 Mahavira emphasised on the best use of time for the best development of the human life and society. He says--- dumapattaye pamduyae jaha, nivadai raiganana accaye/ evam manuyana jiviyam samayam goyama ma pamayae// "As after the night passes, resulting in the fall of the dead and dry yellowish leaf and "kusage jaha osabindue thobam citthai as the dewdrop rests for a few seconds at the tip of the kusha leaf, such futile and destructible is the life of man. Hence, O Gautama, don't you lose your precious moments of life." It seems that these words became the motto of human emancipation, because, the relentless toil of our global family has resulted in such high development of our civilisation. When the great intellectuals like Peter F. Druckes, and Napoleon Hill suggest not to waste a precious minute of our life. they in fact reiterate the same idea propagated by Mahavira. It has been observed that successful people in life have always obeyed the rules regarding wise use of time. Their routine has been duly maintained by time tables and thereby they have well-managed their hours to get a fruitful result out of it. The present pillar of united Germany, Prince Bismarck, would not allow a single moment to be wasted. He would maintain in his Bible a piece of paper in which he would jot down his routine procedures. Jamshedji Tata, Ghanashyamadas Birla have successfully built and organized their business empires by utilizing their times to full capacity proving how surprisingly true are the echoes of this sutra. Mahavira had directed everyone to start their day 48 minutes before sunrise. The time auspiciously known as Brahma-Muhurta injects new power and ecstasy into one's mind and body. Dr. Leward, has reached the same conclusion regarding the efficiency of power. According to Dr. Leward "The same time format of Brahma- Muhurta has been adjudged for the best. Almost all the persons rising up early in the morning and starting the whole day's work are successful in their lives." It has to be seen that all the teachings of Mahavira point towards self development. It is by developing the self, that one can achieve glory and success in life. In the Acarangasutra, Mahavira says "purisa tumam evam itam hi bahiyamitam icchai" i.e. 'Ohumans! why wander outside? The friend and foe are all in yourself.' Mahavira has also emphasised on meditation. The Tirthankara has advised on the positivity of meditation thousands of years ago. The Page #37 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ SMT. LATA BOTHRA: ETHICAL UTILITARIANISM IN THE LIGHT purification of the body, imposition of self-restraint regarding lust and revelry blended with penance are the most important facades for selfdevelopment. Today modern thinkers agree on this very principle. Napoleon Hill says that to attain healthy psyche, one must attain a healthy physique. Meditation classes like Vipassana and Preksa meditation are going on all over the world to enhance the tranquility of the mind on a global scale. The basic scientific logic implicated today through these modes were already being told by Mahavira 2600 years ago. The process of meditation was amply modified by Mahavira and its positive output was being explained by him. Equanimity or samata is the focal point of all Meditation that are being practised throughout the world. Mahavira himself went through the psychic struggle and by strict penance and continuous tranquil meditation he attained remarkable magnitude of tremendous power within himself. He was like a magnet, drawing such extraordinary, astral aura power, that the authority of an accomplished challenger like Gosala became ineffective in his presence. A poisonous snake like Candakausika bit him and in spite of vehement strike, the snake went through a feeling of milk blended with its inherant taste, in place of the taste of blood. It reflects the sheer compassionate zeal that was reverberating all through Mahavira's body, which tended to change the very physical entity of his mundane existence. These effects were the result of his self-discipline. Have you ever heard of a noble successful leader being a victim of greed? A wholesome meal gives proper stimulation to the stomach, an indispensable advice proclaimed by all leading health scientists. A Jain disciple follows a strictly regulated diet and does not break this rule. He consumes his evening meal before the sunset. This ancient tradition has been observed in Jainism since ages and even today, after thousands of years, this religion holds true. By dint of meditation, today's hectic life and work schedules can be managed in a very simple way. A turbulent mind cannot concentrate and hence its total format becomes topsyturvy resulting in the degradation of its responsibility. Today, companies are carrying out meditation classes to enhance the mental energy so that by attaining a tranquil mind and body, the officers can work more efficiently in their respective fields. It is an amazing fact that meditation being dualistic in nature helps to enhance the spiritual and psychic upliftment, but, on the other hand, it helps to attain the pinnacle of worldly success and to give satisfaction in both the mundane and transmundane realms of existence. Page #38 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ 98 JAIN JOURNAL VOL-XXXVIII, NO. 2 OCT. 2003 Mahavira has categorised the level of personalities responsible for their own deed. Ganadhara, Srutakevali, Acarya, Upadhyaya and Sadhu were the stages of humans likewise. Mahavira's thoughts proved equally important whereby the democratic facade had to be oriented in a similar view. The mastermind group behind the selection committee and the paraphernelia of industries and business concerns ought to be in such an ethical manner. Mahavira himself showed the best path to rule, how to attain success ethically as an entrepreneur and his ways proved fruitful till now. Although in the Jaina religious conferences of early ages, amendments were being made by monks so that these immortal rules can become more global and more acceptable. The political philosophy of the world and its related history verify that the five great vows or Panca Mahavrata along with Anekantavada is the basic way to develop the goodwill amongst one another and thereby enhance non-violence and tolerance at all cost. Mahavira's doctrines have proved to be the royal road for the development of every single human facade, whenever and however it may come. The doctrine of Aparigraha or non-acceptance is the key to the contemporary economic problems raging through the world. Ananda grhapati, a staunch follower of Mahavira, was so wise that established businessmen and people from all walks of life, used to come and receive his counselling. This man accepted the five mahavratas, three gunavratas and four siksavratas from Mahavira not by anybody's persuasion but by the inherent cause and effectual reaction of divine ethics. Now he had to distribute his resources and money to the people of the land for social development and welfare. The global welfare is based on the platform of economic growth. The accumulation of more and more money in fewer hands have widened the gap between the haves and have nots. Everytime history remained witness to the plundering and massacring of the state whenever the economic state broke up. If only we follow the path of Aparigraha and act as Ananda did, we can stabilise the dwindling economy by ourselves. Live and let live has been Mahavira's primary teaching. The joyful existence of living beings side by side (parasparopagraho jivanam) is the motto of today's world. Whenever this doctrine has been disobeyed the world has to pay a high price for it. The Industrial Revolution culminated the selfishness within one self which resulted in the tendency of accumulating more and more money. This unfortunate condition not only adversely affected the Page #39 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ SMT. LATA BOTHRA : ETHICAL UTILITARIANISM IN THE LIGHT 99 nations, but also the general situation of law and order was dragged into chaos and in the 1938 fallout thousands of companies had to close down for good. Colonists exploited people in the name of Socialism against the coded law. When the League of Nations was unable to take control of this situation, they had to bow down to dubious agreements, and Chamberlain, the Prime Minister of England, at that time also supported the Munich agreement and thus paved the way of the 2nd World War. The manipulation of arms race created by mankind, has drained the coffers of public money. Only one doctrine could have evaded from this periphery. That is the doctrine of Aparigraha. Mahavira has told that the root cause of all sorrows lies in the incessant want for lust, power and accumulation. The president of America, Bill Clinton, went through the turmoil of self decadence when his affairs were reflected in front of everybody. But being the head of the state he apologised in front of his countrymen for what he had done. Thuswise, the universal theme of Jaina revival towards ethics, worked within him and likewise we are thankful to him. Self-restraint is needed to check this unrest of mind. The soul is aggraded and degraded by the deed. By self-retraint this energy can be aggraded within the soul. The degradation of the energy causes disdainment to the soul. The desecrated sins which are caused by lust and desire too, degrade the very standard of the soul. Today it is due to this moral degradation incurable diseases like AIDS have sprung up. Jainism in its lineage has maintained the policy of self-restraint. The fourth Anuvrata of Jainism says--- cothe anuvvayammi iccam paradaraga-mana-viraiyo ayariyamappasatthe, ittha pamayappa-samgenam/ apariggahiya ittara ananga-vivaha-tivva-anurage cauttha-vayassa-ivare padikkame desiam savvam/ To be satisfied with one's own wife and maintaining a healthy relationship regarding physical and mental traits--has been mainly emphasised by the fourth Anuvrata. The doctrine of non-violence reached its zenith during Mahavira's time. His teachings basically revolved round the theory of Ahimsa or non-violence. He said -- "Nobody in this world wants to die, hence don't jeopardise any living entity by dint of your evil and desecrated deeds. Don't be a cause to anybody's excruciating pain. It is your own identity which is being put into danger. Never cognite yourself in such evil deeds, because even negative ways of Page #40 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ 100 JAIN JOURNAL VOL-XXXVIII, NO. 2 OCT. 2003 psychic disdain the tranquility within. Not even your thoughts should be negative so as to harm anybody. Violence psychically done is also a type of violence. In the level of consciousness everyone is equal, be it an organism like an amoeba or a human being. The true democracy enhances the concept of security to every nook and corner of the mundane creation. The freedom is for everybody. Bhagavan Mahavira's philosophy on Ahimsa was mistaken as a foundation of weakness by some ignorant scholars who, by pretending to do further research on the subject, kept the scriptures away and as a result, the true meaning of Ahimsa was erased from the world. The real meaning of Ahimsa reflects the fathomless depth of humane compassion above and beyond not harming anyone by thoughts, words or deeds. It is also very important that the world too should be free from any kind of maladies. If the world bows down to the likes of Hitlers and Mussolinis by reconciling with them through appeasements, we can never find long lasting peace. In future we will have to face the consequences. If the commercial world dedicate their souls in the betterment of the people they will have to restrain themselves to certain regulatory postulates. Unethical conduct and dealing with unethical people, will lead to such a situation where the world will lose forever the charm of healthy business and trading. Discipline, Truth, Non-Violence, Equanimity, Equality, Restraint, these are the qualities taught by Bhagavan Mahavira's philosophy, which have proved to be invaluable, and if and whenever these have been uprooted, our globe and its inhabitants have to pay dearly for it. Today, by dint of Mahavira's non-violence and peace a ray of hope always glistens green in the minds of the people of the world. When president Roos Woodr Wilean Velt helped to create the 'League of Nations', the theme of equality, fraternity and liberty reverberated within him. He tried to ease the random process of global violence by uniting different nations under one roof. It was at this period when Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi practically implicated the doctrines of Mahavira in the form of Non-violence, Satyagraha and so on. Gandhiji said-- " No religion of the world has explained the principle of Ahimsa so deeply and scientifically as it is discussed in Jainism." As and when the benevolent principle of Ahimsa or non violence will be utilised for practice by the people of the world, Jainism is sure to have the uppermost status and Lord Mahavira is sure to be respected as the greatest authority on Ahimsa". Those people who define non-violence Page #41 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ SMT. LATA BOTHRA: ETHICAL UTILITARIANISM IN THE LIGHT as cowardice do not know the inherent faculty of immense knowledge and power blended with psychic energy that lies beneath it. It is only through this way that global peace can be maintained. If only people like Hitler and Mussolini could have been stopped from becoming a tyrant -- such a holocaust would not have been created. Whenever, Mahavira's doctrines were ignored, demons were let loose leading to mass destruction of the world. 101 Today, the tussle of minds that are prevailing in the facades of home, society, country and the global form, Mahavira's Anekantavada is the only way to an eternal relief regarding these problems. The theory of the multi-ending facade is basically based on tolerance from every bit of the creative world. The formulation of Anekantavada thereby helps to look through ingrate view points which someone it is better to be awake than to be asleep and someone the other way. Likewise for everybody there are different ways to be taken. The multi-ending theme or Anekantavada respects each and every value of life and its multifarious ways of attainment. It seems true that in this global concept of Mahavira which is an ocean in itself, all the different ideas and thoughts merge as rivers. The sense of equality and fraternity which is the focal theme of Mahavira brings globality into one concept itself. Mahavira never persuaded anybody to act according to his sayings. He has always emphasised on the logical insight which has played a pivotal role regarding the choosing of his ethical path. Mahavira wanted that his followers should not be mesmerised by divinity, personality craze and accept everything whether logical or illogical, moral or immoral. Through Anekantavada (theory of nononesidedness) it has been the absolute sucess of Mahavira to traverse the different ideas of the world. An open mind is the prima face condition to know Mahavira. In every age a radical belief brings about a change in the system, which in turn is revolted. But when these ground-breaking ideas are tried and tested successfully, suddenly there are hoards of claimants. In the last 2600 years we have seen the rise and fall of such revolutionary views. These principles of Lord Mahavira have proved to be so true even today, not only politicaly and culturally, but also in the corporate world of business and management. It is the duty of today's generation to carry out further research with dedication to overcome worldly problems.' satyam' (truth), sivam (excellence), sundaram (beauty)' are not just idealistic words. For the management Page #42 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ 102 JAIN JOURNAL: VOL-XXXVIII, NO. 2 OCT. 2003 of business, trade and also nations, this is an excellent quality to learn, for besides achieving acknowledgment in this life it is even beneficial for the soul eternally, by observing the same principles. With determination and honesty and the help of the same principles anyone: who is in charge of business and trade can also achieve liberty through the soul. This is one objective, indicated by Mahavira, which is undoubtedly not taught anywhere else. The main value of this philosophy is that the fruits gained, are the results of one's own efforts, and not of any external help. Simply by observing the discipline of these five great vows, success is achieved in every walk of life. Have we ever thought that besides having a peaceful existence, this philosophy of Lord Mahavira could also bring us untold wealth? There is no other condition, which suddenly causes the removal of material happiness and instead replaces it with a peaceful liberation of the soul. Chakravarti king Bharata, had reached the heights of his power by following the footsteps of this philosophy. A piece of ornament fell from his body when he suddenly realized the shortcoming of his existence. His attachment for beauty broke off when he recognized that beneath his handsome body there was nothing but blood, bones and flesh. Instantly disenchantment for worldly things overtook him and at that moment he attained liberation. Many such instances are described in the pages of Indian History. To achieve liberation or material wealth, both have the same path, and the moment one gives up the attachment for materialism, the door for liberation opens up. This is an invaluable contribution of Lord Mahavira to the world. Hence, it is the very sense of globalizational peace that has been the want of the day. Lord Mahavira's Anekantavada and Non-violence should be opted in every field of human existence. Our present deeds will make our future. So one must not waste the precious periods of life in a leisurly mood. For everyone, the path of Mahavira should be the path of life. Let us all say together--- nanam saranan me, danisanam ca saranam ca, cariya saranam cal tava samjamam ca saranam, bhagavam sarano Mahavirol/ "Let true knowledge be my refuge, let true vision be my refuge, let true character be my refuge, let your restraint (forbearance) be my refuge, and may Lord Mahavira be my refuge." Page #43 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ JAIN BHAWAN: ITS AIMS AND OBJECTS Since the establishment of the Jain Bhawan in 1945 in the Burra Bazar area of Calcutta by eminent members of Jain Community, the Jain Bhawan has kept the stream of Jain philosophy and religion flowing steadily in eastern India for the last over fiftyeight years. The objectives of this institution are the following: 1. To establish the greatness of Jainism in the world rationally and to spread its glory in the light of new knowledge. To develop intellectual, moral and literary pursuits in the society. To impart lessons on Jainism among the people of the country. To encourage research on Jain Religion and Philosophy. To achieve these goals, the Jain Bhawan runs the following programmes in various fields. 2. 3. 4. 103 1. School: To spread the light of education the Bhawan runs a school, the Jain Shikshalaya, which imparts education to students in accordance with the syllabi prescribed by the West Bengal Board. Moral education forms a necessary part of the curricula followed by the school. It has on its roll about 550 students and 25 teachers. 2. Vocational and Physical Classes: Accepting the demands of the modern times and the need to equip the students to face the world suitably, it conducts vocational and physical activity classes. Classes on traditional crafts like tailoring, stitching and embroidery and other fine arts along with Judo, Karate and Yoga are run throughout the year, not just for its own students, but for outsiders as well. They are very popular amongst the ladies of Burra Bazar of Calcutta. 3. Library: "Education and knowledge are at the core of all round the development of an individual. Hence the pursuit of these should be the sole aim of life". Keeping this philosophy in mind a library was established on the premises of the Bhawan, with more than 10,000 books on Jainism, its literature and philosophy and about 3,000 rare manuscripts, the library is truly a treasure trove. A list of such books and manuscripts can be obtatined from the library. 4. Periodicals and Journals: To keep the members abreast of contemporary thinking in the field of religion the library subscribes to about 100 (one hundred) quarterly, monthly and weekly periodicals from different parts of the world. These can be issued to members interested in the study of Jainism. 5. Journals: Realising that there is a need for reasearch on Jainism and that scholarly knowledge needs to be made public, the Bhawan in its role as a research institution brings out theree periodicals: Jain Journal in English, Titthayara in Hindi and Sramana in Bengali. In 37 years of its publication, the Jain Journal has carved out a niche for itself in the field and has received universal acclaim. The Bengali journal Sramana, which is being published for thirty year, has become a prominent channel for the sbvgftr54pread of Jain philosophy in West Bengal. This is the only Journal in Bengali which deals exclusively with matters concerning any aspects of Jainism. Both the Journals are edited by a renowned scholar Professor Dr Satya Ranjan Banerjee of Calcutta University. Page #44 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ JAIN JOURNAL VOL-XXXVIII, NO. 2 OCT 2003 The Jain Journal and Srumana for over thirty seven and thirty years respectively have proved byond doubt that these Journals are in great demand for its quality and contents. The Jain Journal is highly acclaimed by foreign scholars. The same can be said about the Hindi journal Titthayara which is edited by Mrs Lata Bothra. In April this year it entered its 25th year of publication. Needless to say that these journals have played a key-role in propagating Jain literature and philosophy. Progressive in nature, these have crossed many milestones and are poised to cross many more. 6. Seminars and Symposia : 104 The Bhawan organises seminars and symposia on Jain philosophy, literature and the Jain way of life, from time to time. Eminent scholars, laureates, professors etc. are invited to enlighten the audience with their discourse. Exchange of ideas, news and views are the integral parts of such programmes. 7. Scholarships to researchers : The Bhawan also grants scholarships to the researchers of Jain philosophy apart from the above mentioned academic and scholastic activities. 8. Publications: The Bhawan also publishes books and papers on Jainism and Jain philosophy. Some of its prestigious publications are : The Bhagavati Sutra [in English] Parts 1 to 4 Barsat ki Rat (A Rainy Night) [in Hindi], Panchadarshi [in Hindi] Bangal ka Adi Dharma (Pre-historic religion of Bengal) Prasnottare Jaina-dharma (in Bengali) (Jain religion by questions and answers). Weber's Sacred Literature of the Jains. Jainism in Different States of India. Introducing Jainism. 9. A Computer Centre : To achieve a self-reliance in the field of education, a Computer training centre was opened at the Jain Bhawan in Fabruary 1998. This important and welcome step will enable us to establish links with the best educational and cultural organisations of the world. With the help of e-mail, internet and website, we can help propagate Jainism throughout the world. Communications with other similar organisations will enrich our own knowledge. Besides the knowledge of programming and graphics, this computer training will equip our students to shape their tomorrows. 10. Research: It is, in fact, a premiere institution for research in Prakrit and Jainism, and it satisfies the thirst of many researchers. To promote the study of Jainism in this country, the Jain Bhawan runs a research centre in the name of Jainology and Prakrit Research Institute and encourages students to do research on any aspects of Jainism. In a society infested with contradictions and violence, the Jain Bhawan acts as a philosopher and guide and shows the right path. Friends, you are now aware of the functions of this prestigious institution and its noble intentions. We, therefore, request you to encourage us heartily in our creative and scholastic endeavours. We do hope that you will continue to lend us your generous support as you have been doing for a long time. Page #45 -------------------------------------------------------------------------- ________________ Registered with the Registrar of Newspapers for India Under No. R. N. 12121/66. 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