Bhagavati-sutra (Viyaha-pannatti)

by K. C. Lalwani | 1973 | 185,989 words

The English translation of the Bhagavati-sutra which is the fifth Jaina Agama (canonical literature). It is a large encyclopedic work in the form of a dialogue where Mahavira replies to various question. The present form of the Sutra dates to the fifth century A.D. Abhayadeva Suri wrote a vritti (commentary) on the Bhagavati in A.D. 1071. In his J...

Part 3 - Activities without renunciation

Q. 137. Bhante! Are the activities of an elephant and of an insect which are the outcome of a lack of renunciation alike?

A. 137. Yes, they are.

Q. 138. Bhante! Why is it so?

A. 138. Gautama! It is so because both are unrestrained.

Q. 139. Bhante! One who indulges in āhākamma, what does he bind, what does he do, what does he acquire, what does he fructify?

A. 139. On this, refer to S.I.U.9., till ever existent is the prudent, not ever-existent is prudence.

Bhante! Right you are. It is truly so.

Chapter Eight ends.

Notes (based on commentary of Abhayadeva Sūri):

Q/A. 139. Āhākamma—Bad deeds done by a monk, such as, rendering live objects lifeless, cooking live things, building a house or weaving cloth. Similarly, anything which is done for a monk is also āhākamma. A monk accepting such a thing violates the code of conduct.


ādhayā sādhupraṇidhānena yatsacetanamacetanaṃ kriyate ucetanaṃ vā pacyate cīyate vā gṛhādikaṃ vayate vā vastrādikam tadādhākarma |

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