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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Jai Jinendra!

Today is the 7th day of Parvadhiraj Paryushan. We hope all Tapasvis are in Sukh Sata. Let us vow in these auspicious Paryushan days that we shall try not to hurt anybody with our action, words or deeds. We will learn about Gotra Karma along with 19th, 20th and 21st gathas of Bhaktamar.

Warm Regards,
Gunvant Shah
JAINA President
09-12-2018

JAIN CENTER OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

PARYUSHAN DAY 7

7) Gotra or Status Determining Karma

A living being is born in a particular type of family by the operation of Gotra Karma. This Karma has two types - higher and lower. That pudgala (matter) by the power of which, one attains to a higher family is higher ‘gotra karma’ and that pudgala (matter) by the power of which, one is condemned to a lower family is called lower ‘gotra karma’.

This Karma is like a potter. Just as a potter makes utensils of various types from the same lump of clay, similarly only one body (i.e. the same body) has experience of various types on account of this karma. Lower ‘Gotra Karma’ is bound by showing pride and vanity in any one or more of these eight - caste, fruit, strength, beauty, penances, knowledge, gain and lordliness.

By not showing pride in all these things, higher ‘Gotra Karma’ is formed.

BHAKTAMARA GATHA SERIES

Oh Lord! What is the use of the moon in the night; and that of the Sun in the daytime! Is it necessary to depend on Sun and moon to dispel the darkness?

No… No… No! On the contrary, they are not aware that the enlightenment which has come out of You has already removed the blinding darkness within no time! They have nothing to do.

Those black clouds are filled with water and are ready to rain. But where is the need of rain for the harvest of rice grown-up in the field!

Lord, you have already cleared the darkness of ignorance.

And so, Oh Sun and Moon! Your process of rising and setting as usual is now a mere routines! And you have nothing to do to guide the living beings.

Lord! You are the ocean of pure and exclusive enlightenment. All Your attachments are gone and hence You belong to none and no one belongs to You. All the desires of Yours have perished and hence You have no friend or foes. You are not bound by anyone, nor You bind anyone!

It is therefore that you see the world as it is. It is therefore that Your enlightenment is free of all preconditions and purely independent. This is the very reason of your very distinctive respect to Yourself. Though we do not have any hate or disregard for Hari & Hara or any spiritual or religious leader, but the imperfectness of their knowledge and their inclination toward attachment and hatred do not inspire us to follow their path, But that of the Jineshwara.

Lord, your pure enlightenment is the outcome of total awareness and total detachment.

Look at that glowing halo! Naturally, a piece of glass or stone cannot shine as much as a jewel. Glass and diamond do reflect; but the reflection from a glass is not as bright as the diamond.


Oh my Lord of Lords! Good that I became formally the follower of other religious leaders like Krishna and Mahadeva. But it was so good that they made me realise the true nature of the vitaraga and ultimately I decided to take shelter.

Oh the almighty! It was also good that I saw you at last. Your conclusive touch is very pleasing. Now I will not think of any other deities. In case of my following you earlier, I might have thought of roaming around with other delities. Am I not benefited by your holy sight? No, my Lord! Now the truth realised by me will not allow me to go towards other religious leaders and their philosophies neither in dreams, nor in subsequent births.

You have impressed my heart to such an extent that not only during the remaining period of this life, but even beyond, no other deities will attract my Atma. This is my solemn affirmation till Moksha.

Source: Param Pujya Acharyadev Shrimad Vijay Rajyashsuriji Maharaj Saheb

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