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The Eternal Teachings of Jainism: 20 Pearls of Wisdom


Jainism is an ancient Indian religion that is based on the teachings of the Jinas, or "spiritual victors," who are believed to have attained liberation through self-realization and strict adherence to principles of non-violence, truthfulness, and non-possession. The primary goal of Jainism is to achieve moksha, or liberation from the cycle of birth and death, through the pursuit of right knowledge, right faith, and right conduct.


"In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self." - Lord Mahavira, Acharanga Sutra


"A man is great by deeds, not by birth." - Lord Mahavira, Uttaradhyayana Sutra

"Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being." - Tattvarthasutra, Chapter 5, Verse 21


"The greatest wealth is to live content with little." - Paramatma Prakash, Verse 6


"An ignorant man committing evil deeds does not realize the consequences. The seeds of sin bear bitter fruit." - Acharya Kundkund, Samayasara, Verse 121


"All beings are fond of themselves, they like pleasure and hate pain, and hence it is that they love life and hate death." - Bhagavati Sutra, Chapter 2, Verse 2


"The one who understands the pains of others is considered to be the most noble." - Tattvartha Sutra, Chapter 9, Verse 7


"The only way to escape the miseries of life is to avoid harming any living being." - Acharya Sushil Muni


"We should not harm any living creature, even if it is harmful to us." - Tattvartha Sutra, Chapter 5, Verse 17

"Non-violence is the greatest religion." - Lord Mahavira, Acharanga Sutra


"Do not accumulate wealth while millions are hungry." - Bhagwan Mahaveer, Acharya Kalpa Sutra


"He who hurts living beings is never released from the cycle of birth and death." - Kundakunda, Pravachansara


"The essence of Jainism is that it recognizes the soul as the master of its own destiny and so it strives to purify the soul." - Shri Atmananda, The Path of the Arhat


"Aim at the cessation of all karmas (actions) which bind one to the cycle of birth and death." - Acaranga Sutra


"All souls are alike, none is superior or inferior." - Jnanarnava, Part 1, Chapter 7, Verse 4

"A wise man should always treat others with respect and dignity, regardless of their caste, race, or religion." - Bhagwan Mahaveer


"Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many." - Lord Mahavira, Kalpa Sutra


"Be in this world as if you were a stranger or a traveler." - Lord Mahavira


"There is no happiness higher than the happiness of peace." - Lord Mahavira, Uttaradhyayana Sutra

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