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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Jai Jinendra!

We are celebrating the third day of Parvadhiraj Paryushan Parva and many Shravaks and Shravikas will be completing Atham (3 Upvas in a row). Hope all are in sukh sata. Today we will learn about Mohaniya Karma and 7th, 8th and 9th gathas of Bhaktamar.

Warm Regards,
Gunvant Shah
JAINA President
09-08-2018

JAIN SOCIETY OF METROPOLITAN CHICAGO

PARYUSHAN DAY 3

When both, Gnanavaran karma and Darshanavaran karma combine, then Mohaniya karma (karma that induces illusory attachment) arises. Then the entire business of worldly life interactions (sansaar) is established. Thereafter, antarayas (obstructions) happen.

3) Mohaniya or Deluding Karma

The operation of this Karma deludes the soul by causing the wrong perception. On account of this Karma, the soul fails to perceive the realities and tends to identify itself with the ephemeral body, its worldly connections, acquisitions etc. Thereby the soul happens to perceive the comforts or discomforts of the body and its environments as its own happiness or misery. One feels pleased when such situations are comfortable and strives to maintain them as such. If the situations are not comfortable, he strives hard to change them to his liking and indulges in different types of defilements, when something does not happen to his liking. This arises from our basic ignorance on account of which our Self is smeared with defilements and we indulge in craving and aversion.

This Karma is divided into two parts viz. Darshan Mohaniya and Charitra Mohaniya. The former arises on account of ignorance and the latter from indulgence in defilements. There are 28 subdivisions of this Karma.

If a rich merchant named Nagindas were to drink too much alcohol one day, then what would he speak? 'I am the president of India!' Would we not understand that he is speaking under the influence of alcohol?! Similarly, to say that “I am ‘Chandubhai’, I am his son, I am her husband;” all such things are being said under the influence of moha (illusory attachment). The root moha is the belief that, ‘I am ‘Chandubhai’,’ and after that, the succession of moha has come into being.

Out of the eight types of karma, the densest karma is Mohaniya karma. It is referred to as the king of karma! Without the grace (krupa) of the Gnani, it cannot go away.

BHAKTAMARA GATHA SERIES

Oh God! The cycle of birth and death rules us since beginningless time, in course of which attraction of happiness and hatred to agonies have accumulated heaps and heaps of Karmas, but why should I be worried about them? I will loudly sing your prayers and merge myself with You. Then?

The mountains of sins will disappear and perish within moments under the impact of your prayers.

Yes! sins do perish. Don't be surprised because sins perish within seconds. The night slowly went on gathering the darkness. She eventually sunk the whole world into her pitch darkness; but the sun will rise in the morning and melt away the entire darkness within no time.

Oh God! I firmly believe that prayers to you will clear all my sins of from previous births and therefore I only seek Your glorious impact.

My composition may be taken as a prose or poetry, a prayer or a hymn, or just anything, but, it will be accepted and enjoyed by true devotees.

A drop of water is just a drop of water. But it looks more beautiful than the real pearl when it falls on the leaf of lotus.

God! There is no doubt that my prayer will be a rare contribution for the Bhaktas just like that drop of water which falls on the lotus.


God! A perfect poem addressed to you and free from faults of prose and verse, words and literature, grammars and derivations, is no doubt full of power to eliminate Karmas.

Sweet and serene prayer in high esteem is one things, but oh my Lord! Even a small exchange of word about You repels most ably the sins of all beings.

Thousands of sun rays wake up the universe but a thin line of ray is powerful enough to silently open the petals of lotus within seconds.

Source: Param Pujya Acharyadev Shrimad Vijay Rajyashsuriji Maharaj Saheb
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