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Ácárya Samantabhadra's Ratnakarandaka-śrávakácára = The Jewel-casket of Householder's Conduct

By 
Vijay K. Jain

© 2016


Price Rs. 500/-

Pages: xxiv +264

Size: 16 cm (W) x 22 cm (H)

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Ácárya Samantabhadra's Ratnakarandaka-śrávakácára = The Jewel-casket of Householder's Conduct

By Vijay K. Jain

Keywords: right faith, right knowledge, dharma, householder, right conduct, vows, ratnatraya, Three Jewels, Ápta, small vows, anuvrata, subsidiary vows, gunavrata, instructional vows, śikşávrata, sámayika, sallekhaná stages of householder's conduct

Language: In Sanskrit; translation in Hindi and English; explanatory notes and prefatory matter in English.
ISBN: 8190363999
Published Dehradun : Vikalp Printers, 2016

About the book:
Ácárya Samantabhadra's Ratnakarandaka-śrávakácára(2nd century CE) - Ratnakaranda, in short - comprising 150 verses, is a celebrated and perhaps the earliest Digambara work dealing with the excellent path of dharma that every householder (śrávaka) must follow. All his efforts should be directed towards the acquisition and safekeeping of the Three Jewels (ratnatraya), comprising right faith (samyagdarśana), right knowledge (samyagjñána) and right conduct (samyakcáritra), which lead to releasing him from worldly sufferings and establishing him in the state of supreme happiness. The treatise expounds an easy-to-understand meaning of 'right faith': To have belief, as per the Reality, in the sect-founder or deity (Ápta or deva), the scripture (Ágama or śástra), and the preceptor (guru). It specifies criteria to distinguish between the real and the counterfeit enabling one to eliminate follies attributable to wrong faith. Only the householder who has right faith establishes himself on the path to liberation. Right faith is the treasure chest of whatever is propitious and worthy; wrong faith of whatever is inauspicious and contemptible. After laying the foundation called the right faith, Ácárya Samantabhadra goes on to complete the superstructure known as the Three Jewels (ratnatraya) with the remaining two elements, right knowledge and right conduct. The householder who has attained right faith on the destruction of darkness of delusion is fit to attain right knowledge and right conduct. He gets rid of the conduits of demerit (pápa) comprising injury, falsehood, stealing, unchastity, and attachment to possessions. Further, he observes three subsidiary vows (gunavrata), and four instructional vows (śikşávrata). Giving up of the body in a manner that upholds righteousness (dharma) on the occurrence of a calamity, famine, senescence, or disease, from which there is no escape, is called the vow of sallekhaná. Sallekhaná has been termed as the final fruit or culmination of penance (religious austerity) and, therefore, all persons with right faith, the ascetic as well as the householder, look forward to attaining voluntary, passionless death at the appropriate time. The treatise finally describes the eleven stages (pratimá) of the householder's conduct.

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