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Lecture 35

RELS 203 Lecture Notes - Lecture 35: Jiva, Kevala Jnana


Department
Religious Studies
Course Code
RELS 203
Professor
Chris Framarin
Lecture
35

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Lecture 35
Ascetics
First knowledge for the world than the compassion of the world
5 Great Vows
a) Non-harm (ahimsa) – to even single-sense bodies, no building $re (fore bodies), avoid digging, must
drink $ltered water, avoid quick movements not kill organism, no bathing/swimming/walking under the
rain, very careful in walking, clean the path they are walking, or touching any plants, avoid fanning
yourself –air bodies, no running or jumping. All Jiva desire to live no matter how many sensed they are.
Harming one-sense creature = blind/unable to speak
b) Abstain from lying – speak to others with clear intention, no speaking to other because of anger or
greed, no lying broadly, and minimizing talking.
c) Abstain from theft – very broad sense, not taking something that is not giving, stealing life- killing,
staying in one place for a long time.
d) Avoid illicit sexual activities – monastics (very serious, avoiding contact with the opposite case.),
avoiding eating things that will arise your desires, not having sex with the body, mind, texts etc.
e) Limit possessions – We should have as few as possessions as possible. Only the water bowl, broom/
+alms ball/clothing.
The Apparent Paradox
No matter what we try, we still can’t follow the rules perfectly. Five solutions;
1) Cloth analogy, clothing brings less karma, it picks us less karma when it’s dry (ignorance and desires).
Ascetic is kind of the dry cloth. Their Jiva does not accrue as much karma.
2) Destruction of one-sense organisms produces relatively less karma, and the karma of those who are
engaged in religious practices disappears instantly, doing religious practices produces less karma.
3) Carelessness – Primary cause of the accumulation of karma, violence is the removal of live through a
careless action.
4) It’s possible to eliminate one’s own karma through self-morti$cation. These practices cause them
su<ering, they burn o< their feeling karma, very intense painful activities/practices.
5) “Yogic thinning” – Unharming karmas, the tree of them are gone when you die (form, life span, and
clan) except feeling karma. Only Kevalins are able to perform, they can get rid of all harming karma.
Ascetic allows their Jiva to expand to the entire size of universe for 8 seconds to dry out the karma. All of
the karma are supposed to fall away. And presumably will achieve moksha.
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