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JAINA Special Newsletter: Das Lakshana Day 4 - Supreme cleanliness
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Dear Sadharmik brothers and sisters,
Pranam & Jai Jinendra!

Today, is the fourth day of Das Lakshana Parva. Let’s learn about the fourth Dharma i.e Uttam Shauch, which teaches us to be content with what we have and lessen the worldly possessions.

Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President


Shauch means sacredness, cleanliness, to be pure, to be clean, and to be non-greedy.

The humanitarian approach to lessen the miseries of living beings is included in the abstention from the greed of worldly possessions. Contentment aims at putting a limit on the worldly possessions by individuals according to their needs and desires.

A king very often visited a saint to seek his blessings. He would always pray to him only to give him some holy sermon. The saint paid no attention to his frequent requests. One day the king made a forceful appeal to the saint. At length, the saint was appeased and said to the king, "Tomorrow I shall visit your royal palace and deliver my sermon there." The king was overjoyed and again insisted that the saint should oblige him by taking his meals too in the royal palace. The saint readily consented to it. The next day the saint reached the royal palace at the appointed time taking his begging bowl. The king had devotedly got prepared various types of delicacies and dainty dishes for the saint. At first, the king wished to serve to the saint kheer, a preparation of milk and rice. The saint brought forward his bowl to accept it. The king peeped inside the bowl and drew back his hand without serving the kheer into the bowl. At this, the saint stood up and got ready to go back. The king was terrified, as the saint had neither taken meals nor delivered a sermon. The perturbed king said, "O holy saint! You neither took meals nor delivered a sermon as per your promise; still, you are going back home leaving us in the lurch." The saint promptly replied, "I have delivered my sermon, which you have failed to grasp." The king stood dumbfounded. Then the saint asked the perplexed king, "Why did you not serve the kheer into my bowl?" The king said, "Holy Sir! Dust particles and pebbles were lying in your bowl. I did not serve the kheer into the bowl, lest my nectar-like sweet and tasty kheer should get spoiled." The saint said, "I had also to teach you this lesson that your mind is full of filth and dirt in the shape of evil passions like anger, vanity, arrogance, and greed. Until and unless your mind on being relieved of these evil passions becomes purified, how should I deliver my sermon to you? In the present state of mind, my sermon will also be futile and go waste."

Only when the mind is pure, a man can dedicate his mental energies to the acquisition of wealth and otherworldly possessions. If the mind is impure, all our energies go on trifles.

The great poet Reidhu has described the virtue of supreme contentment or purity (Uttam Shaucha) as:
  1. The virtue of contentment is a part and parcel of religion; it is enthusiastic; it excels materialism; it gives utility to life; it relieves one from old age and death; it enlightens all the three worlds and is eternal. Pay heed to it day in and day out.
  2. The virtue of contentment can be acquired through the purity of mind; it is acquired through purification by the treasure of truth-speaking. This virtue is attained by subduing the evil passions and a man endowed with this virtue does not indulge in sinful deeds.
  3. The virtue of contentment lays stress on abstention from greed; it leads one on the path of supreme austerity; this virtue is attained by observing celibacy, and this virtue of contentment is attained by discarding the eight types of arrogance or vanity.
  4. The virtue of contentment is instilled in men by the study of holy scriptures; it is attained by getting rid of the three thorns i.e., ambitions, deception, and wrong belief; and finally, this virtue is attained by maintaining purity in thoughts.

Paryushan Mahaparva 2019


Don't accumulate if you do not need it. The excess of wealth in your hands is for the society, and you are the trustee for the same.

- Bhagwan Mahavir
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