Jai Mahavir j
LAW OF NATURE
Son: Daddy, we observe several changes taking place around us. For example, when a seed is sown in the ground, a plant grows. Such plants undergo various life processes such as respiration, regeneration etc. how do we explain these phenomena?
Father: We Jainas believe that all objects in the universe change according to their own intrinsic properties. Modern science confirms that the law of nature makes things happen.
worldly soul takes up a new material body, a new life begins. A living
being grows and other life processes take place because of
the presence of the body. The pure souls do not have material
attachment. Thus, they do not interfere in the events of the universe.
The important eternal qualities of the soul are perception
and knowledge. These qualities are hidden on account of its continuous
association with karmas. These factors affect the lives of all worldly
Son: Daddy, it is very interesting. Please tell us what are karmas? How does
one obtain karmas? How does karmas affect the course of our lives?
Father: In ordinary parlance, karma means action, deed or work. In
Jainism, Karmas are of two types-Bhava Karma and dravya
Karma. The Bhava Karma are our thoughts and feelings.
Dravya karmas are very fine particles of matter. The Bhava Karma
are our thoughts and feelings. Dravya karmas are very fine particles
of matter which continue to remain attached with the worldly souls.
Dravya karmas constantly result from our Bhava karmas. Bhava
Karmas are manifestation of various emotional states such as love,
anger, pride and greed.
Like water in milk, these fine particles or Dravya karmas get
completely assimilated with soul. Dravya karmas get completely
assimilated with soul. This assimilation remains throughout the life as
well as in migration of soul from one body to another. This assimilation
or bondage of Dravya karmas with soul produces certain conditions in
such a way as a pill of medicine which when introduced in to the body,
produces. manifold effects therein Further, the things around us such as
our body, parents, friends, enemies, toys and other environmental events
e ffect the course of our lives. In Jainism, these are called nokarmas
determine the course of our lives.
Therefore, the law of karma is not the doctrine of fatalism. It is the moral
son: Daddy, we realize that we enjoy or suffer on account of our own
good or bad deeds. Please tell us what is the roll of God in our lives?
Father: We Jainas believe that there is no supreme being who regulates the
events in the universe . There is no Devine intervention in the lives of
the worldly beings. We Jainas do believes that when a soul becomes
free from all bondage of karmas, it becomes pure. S such pure souls
are called God( Arihantas and Sidhas). Thus , God is a pure soul.
They do not reward or punish us. son, we worship Arihantas and
Sidhas as ideals for following their virtues. We also get good thoughts
and feelings when we visit our temples for prayer and worship. Such
prayer and worship lead us towards spiritual advancement.
Daughter: Daddy, Please tell us what to do in the adverse circumstances?
good or bad karmas. Therefore we should have good thoughts, use
good words and do good actions in all circumstances even when our
karmas and nokarmas are not favorable. If we continue to have
good feelings and thoughts even in adverse circumstances, we will get
rid of our past undesirable karmas with the help of our pure
thought. My children, good thoughts, good deeds and good actions
are the keys of success. This is the message of karma philosophy in
Perception : The power of perceiving or process by which we become aware of
To get rid : To become free.
Note:- All the words in italic are from PRAKRTA, SANSKRTA language.
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