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INSPIRATION GENERATES ENLIGHTMENT

  • INSPIRATION GENERATES ENLIGHTMENT Once, two Brahmins, named Jayaghosha and Vijayaghosha lived in the city of Varanasi. Both of them were well versed in the Vedas. One day, Jayaghosha, went to take a bath in the river. There he saw that......More

VALUE OF SELF CONTROL

  • VALUE OF SELF CONTROL There was a cool and serene water pool, in the outskirts of the city of Varanasi, surrounded by a beautiful garden with blossoming trees which looked as red as fire. The flowers looked like burning flames and the stalks......More

CHANGE OF HEART

  • CHANGE OF HEART Once in the famous city of Champa, lived Palit, a renowned scholar of Jain philosophy. He had great faith in Lord Mahavira. He was a flourishing tradesman. Once he went on for a sea voyage in connection with his trade.......More

THE ADAMANT

  • THE ADAMANT Once upon a time there lived four friends. One day, they decided to go out to seek wealth and fortune. On their way, they came across an iron-ore mine. All of them filled their bags with as much iron-ore as they could possibly......More

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF RENUNCIATION

  • THE SIGNIFICANCE OF RENUNCIATION There was once a woodcutter, who lived happily in Rajgriha with his small family. He had great faith in Lord Mahavira and followed the principles of his preaching very sincerely. One day, Lord Mahavira......More

GOOD FEELINGS GOOD THOUGHTS

  • GOOD FEELINGS GOOD THOUGHTS It was a hot day. The Sun was spitting fire on the thirst-ridden earth. The forest wore a dull and dry look. Not even a single soul moved across the bleak landscape. Suddenly, breaking the stillness came a......More

EMANCIPATION THROUGH CONTEMPLATION

  • EMANCIPATION THROUGH CONTEMPLATION Arishtnemi, the twenty-second Tirthankar, initiated Dhandhana, the son of Vasudeva. Dhandhana used to go to prosperous towns but he could not get any alms due to some impediment of his own Karma. Moreover,......More

CONCENTRATE ON YOUR SOUL

  • CONCENTRATE ON YOUR SOUL Once upon a time there lived a prince in Mathura. One day he decided to renounce wordly pleasures and become an ascetic. He was taught 'Agamas' and then had accepted, 'Ekal Vihar Pratima'. For long he......More

THE PATH OF LIBERATION

  • THE PATH OF LIBERATION About two thousand five hundred years ago, Acharya Bhadrabahu was spending his 'Chaturmaas' along with his disciples in a city named Rajgriha. One day, four friends came to the Acharya and requested him to make......More

BE OBEDIENT

  • BE OBEDIENT Kulbaluk was an arrogant and undisciplined disciple of an Acharya. Whenever the Acharya tried to correct him, he felt insulted and thereby developed a feeling of aversion. So, this disciple decided to take revenge. One day when......More

CAREFUL ACHIEVES SUCCESS

  • CAREFUL ACHIEVES SUCCESS Once upon a time, there lived a merchant who along with his friends, decided to go abroad to earn a fortune. Before leaving, he gave essential instructions to his wife. He said, "During my absence, take care of......More

TOLERANCE LEADS TO SELF REALIZATION

  • TOLERANCE LEADS TO SELF REALIZATION Once upon a time, there lived a prince named Shramanabhadra. He had no attraction towards worldly pleasures. Later on, he decided to lead the life of a monk and was initiated by Acharya Dharmaghosha. He......More

FALSE PRIDE

  • FALSE PRIDE Long ago, there lived a king who was very proud. He however realized that this was an obstacle that had to be overcome. So, one day he went to his Guru and said, "Gurudev, my pride is a very big obstacle in the path of......More

KNOWLEDGE IS LIGHT

  • KNOWLEDGE IS LIGHT Once upon a time, there lived two brothers. One day they became the disciples of an 'Acharya'. One of them became a scholar of repute while the other remained dull.   The scholar monk had many......More

REAL WEALTH

  • REAL WEALTH There was a merchant who had three sons. Giving one thousand gold coins to each one, he said, "You do your business with this money and after a certain period, come back with the money you earn." One of them......More

AUSTERITY OVERCOMES CASTEISM

  • AUSTERITY OVERCOMES CASTEISM Shankar, the king of Mathura, became a monk and while moving from one place to another, he happened to reach Hastinapur. He wanted to go to the town for alms so he asked a passerby the way to the town. There were......More

TOLERANCE LEADS TO ACHIEVEMENT

  • TOLERANCE LEADS TO ACHIEVEMENT Once upon a time, in the city of Koshambi there lived a Brahmin named Yagyadatta. He had two sons, named Somdatta and Somadeva. Both of them were great scholars of the Vedas. One day, due to certain......More

THE IMPORTANCE OF FORBEARANCE

  • THE IMPORTANCE OF FORBEARANCE Long ago there lived a merchant's son, Kurudatta, in the city of Hastinapura. He accepted initiation from a well-versed Acharya, who first examined the potentiality of Kurudatta and then imparted the deep......More

DEVELOP YOUR REASONING MIND

  • DEVELOP YOUR REASONING MIND Long ago, in Rajgriha, there lived a rich and famous person, Dhanya with his four sons, Dhanpal, Dhandev, Dhandatta and Dhanrakshit. His sons were married to Ujjhita, Bhogavati, Rakshita and Rohini respectively.......More

SPIRITUAL WEALTH

  • SPIRITUAL WEALTH Once upon a time, there lived a well-known king, Dashaarnabhadra, who ruled over a very prosperous kingdom, Dashaarnapura. One day, a messenger came to his court to inform him about the arrival of Lord Mahavira in his city.......More

REALIZATION OF TRUTH

  • REALIZATION OF TRUTH Chitra and Sambhuta were milkmen in their previous birth. They were very good friends and after death, they went to heaven. Thereafter, they took birth in a well-to-do family in Kshitipratisthita town. As they grew up,......More

AS YOU SOW SO SHALL YOU REAP

  • AS YOU SOW SO SHALL YOU REAP Once, Lord Mahavira was in Rajgriha. Shrenik the emperor, went to a garden named 'Gunashilaka' to pay homage to Lord Mahavira. Chelana, the other queens, his son Abhayakurnar and some of the reputed......More

VICTORY OVER ANGER

  • VICTORY OVER ANGER Once upon a time, there lived four brothers named, Vasudeva, Baldeva, Satyka and Daaruk. They decided to go into a forest for horse riding. Their horses were very swift so they reached there by dusk. Except Daaruk, all......More

POWER OF FEARLESSNESS

  • POWER OF FEARLESSNESS King Sanjay, who ruled over Kaampilyapura, was fond of hunting and killing birds and beasts indiscriminately. One day, he went to a forest for hunting. He was well-equipped with his four-fold army. On the way, he......More

FAITH LEADS TO SUCCESS

  • FAITH LEADS TO SUCCESS Long ago, there were two brothers Jindatta and Sagardatta who lived in a village named Mallukaakacha near the famous city of Champa. The brothers decided to go to a nearby village to earn their livelihood. They worked......More

FIRM DETERMINATION

  • FIRM DETERMINATION A king named Balbhadra ruled over Sugriva Nagar. Mrigavati was his queen and they had a son named Balshree. When Balshree grew up, he became famous as Mrigaputra. In due course, he got married. One day, while he was......More

KNOWLEDGE SHARED IS KNOWLEDGE GAINED

  • KNOWLEDGE SHARED IS KNOWLEDGE GAINED Acharya Sagar, along with his disciples, was staying in Swarnbhumi, now known as Indonesia. His Guru, Acharya Kaalak was staying in Ujjaini in India. One day, a thought struck Acharya Kaalak. He felt that......More

THE MIND IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD

  • THE MIND IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD Long long ago, Chandpradyotan reigned in Ujjaini. One day, he sent a threatening message to King Shrenik, "If you wish for the welfare of your kingdom, send the bunkchanda necklace, the royal......More

ATTACHMENT TURNED TO DETACHMENT

  • ATTACHMENT TURNED TO DETACHMENT There was a beautiful town named Ilavardhan in the ancient times, where lived a rich and prosperous man by the name of Dhandatta. He got married to a girl named Dharini, who after performing many pujas, gave......More

IMPORTANCE OF SAMAYIKA

  • IMPORTANCE OF SAMAYIKA Puniya, a religious devotee of Mahavira lived in Rajgriha. He led a very religious life, was very moral, but not very rich. He was satisfied with his life as it was. Puniya used to perform a "Samayik"......More

FOR SAVING A LITTLE, DON\'T LOSE MUCH

  • FOR SAVING A LITTLE, DON'T LOSE MUCH Long long ago, there was a destitute that collected one thousand 'Kaarshaapana' through begging. He proceeded towards his house along with his friends. On his way, he converted one......More

DELUSION OF MOHA

  • DELUSION OF MOHA Indra (the head of Gods) was among his congregates discussing human virtues. Meanwhile, Indra said, "There is a king named Mohajeet in this world. Moha means delusion and jeet means victory. It implies that the person......More

AWAKENED CONSCIOUSNESS

  • AWAKENED CONSCIOUSNESS Once there was an Acharya who lived with three disciples in a jungle. There, he taught them the technique of meditation. The disciples took keen interest in learning it. After about a month of training, the Acharya......More

BEAUTY AN ILLUSION

  • BEAUTY AN ILLUSION Once upon a time, there lived a princess named Roopi in Basantpur. She would disguise herself in the attire of a man so that everybody may mistake her real identity. Once a rich person came to Basantpur for his......More

CONTROL THYSELF

  • CONTROL THYSELF Once upon a time, there was a disciple who had been performing penance for one month. He requested his guru to allow him to do 'Paarana'. The guru told him, "Control thyself." The disciple could not......More

STEADFASTNESS OF THE ASCETIC

  • STEADFASTNESS OF THE ASCETIC Long time ago, a father and his son left their house and became monks. One day, along with other monks, they set out for a town. On the way, they had to cross a dense forest. The little monk felt thirsty but he......More

CONTROL YOUR SENSES

  • CONTROL YOUR SENSES Once upon a time there was a king, who was fond of mangoes but was unable to digest them. The doctor forbade him strictly to eat mangoes. He warned him that he would die immediately if he ate mangoes. So, the king got all......More

THE FRUIT OF PATIENCE

  • THE FRUIT OF PATIENCE Two hermits were performing penance in a shrine. Naaradji passed that way. One of them asked Naaradji, "Where are you going?" Naardji replied, "To meet God." Again he asked, "Please ask Him when......More

THE POLITE BEHAVIOUR

  • THE POLITE BEHAVIOUR Long long ago, an Acharya named Chandrarudra arrived in Ujjaini along with his disciples. One day, a few youths came to one of his disciples and started asking various questions. Their tone was not correct and the monk......More

HOW TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS

  • HOW TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS Once, there lived an Acharya called Aasaadabhuti in Vatsbhumi. He had a number of disciples. Suddenly an epidemic broke out in the town. Due to this his disciples fell ill and many were on deathbed. The Acharya used to......More

FEAR LEADS TO DESTRUCTION

  • FEAR LEADS TO DESTRUCTION One day, Epidemic mounted his horse and was galloping away in a great hurry, when he came across a man. The man stopped him and asked, "Who are you?" he replied, "I am Epidemic." Hearing this,......More

HAPPINESS LIES IN SOLITUDE

  • HAPPINESS LIES IN SOLITUDE Padmaratha was a well known and powerful king. Under his administration, every person in Mithila was happy and satisfied with his lot. He was not only ready to listen to the grievances and problems of his subjects......More

MOMENTARINESS OF THE BODY

  • MOMENTARINESS OF THE BODY Once there was a ruler named, King Bala in the city of Veetashoka. He got a golden opportunity to listen to the sermon of the monks. He was so deeply influenced by the sermons that he started performing penance and......More

COMPROMISE THE BODY WITH THE SOUL

  • COMPROMISE THE BODY WITH THE SOUL Once, in the city of Rajgriha, there lived a rich man, Dhan. He had a slave named Panthak who used to take care of Dhan's son, Devadatta. One day, Dhan's wife Bhadra, bathed Devadatta and after......More

SELF RESTRAINT: A PATH TO SUCCESS

  • SELF RESTRAINT: A PATH TO SUCCESS Long, long ago, there lived a mighty emperor named Manirath in the town of Sudharshana, which was situated in Avanti. He had a younger brother, Prince Yugabahu, who was married to a very beautiful lady;......More

PURITY: A LADDER TO SALVATION

  • PURITY: A LADDER TO SALVATION About two thousand five hundred years ago, Lord Mahavira was in the city of Koshambi. At that time, King Shatanik was ruling over the city and Mrigavati was his queen. Once, when Lord Mahavira was engaged......More

VICTORY OVER VIOLENCE

  • VICTORY OVER VIOLENCE In the city of Rajgriha, lived a poor man named Arjunmaali and his wife, Bandhumati. He used to worship a demigod regularly, whose temple was situated outside the village. One day, when he was busy worshipping the......More

DETACHED BHARAT

  • DETACHED BHARAT There are twenty-four Tirthankars in the history of Jain tradition. Lord Rishabh was the first one. He performed hard penance and finally, achieved the Keval Gyaan. After attaining Keval Gyaan, he decided to visit different......More

PATIENCE REAPS SUCCESS

  • PATIENCE REAPS SUCCESS Two thousand five hundred years ago, Lord Mahavira went to Pristha Champa from Rajgriha. From there, he headed towards Champa. There King Shaa1 and Prince Mahashaal renounced their kingdoms and became monks. Both......More

THE FRUIT OF SACRIFICE

  • THE FRUIT OF SACRIFICE King Udaai was the ruler of the city of Sindhu Sauveer. Its capital was Veetbhay Nagar. Prabhavati, the daughter of Chetak was his queen. The queen belonged to the Shraman tradition. After her demise, she was reborn as......More

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