These fourteen pledges have a special place among the
codes of conduct that have been prescribed to householders and to keep
them within the bounds of righteousness. It is necessary to prescribe a
limit to such activities as eating food; drinking and other such
tendencies by some vows which bring order into life and provide it
strength and firmness. It is obligatory on the part of householders to
observe those vows.
These are the vows to be taken as a daily routine.
1) How many items of raw vegetables and grains (Sachchitta)
would I eat today?
This limits the number of the their use to make
2) How many variety of items (Dravy) would I eat
during my meals?
This limits the total number of items made from
different vegetables and grains.
3) How many of Vigai would I not eat today?
This limits the varitey of items of made of different
vigai (namely milk, curds, ghee, oil, jaggery and fried substances).
4) How many Vanah (Upanah) would I use today?
This limits the use of things like shoes, sandals,
5) How many items in the categories of Tambol would I
This limits the items of tambol like betel nuts,
betel leaves, cardomom, cloves, etc., to keep the mouth
6 ) How many Vastra (clothes) would I use today?
This limits the use of clothes that are worn
including used for bedding and covering and spreading.
7) How many Pushp (flowers) would I use today?
This limits the use of flowers, garlands, etc.
8) How many Vahan (Vehicles) would I use today?
This limits the number of vehicles to be used.
9 ) How many Shayan (Sleeping beds) would I use
This limits the number of cots, beds and bedsteads to
10 ) How many Vilepan (makeup items) would I use
This limits the quantity of items like puffs,
powders, perfumes, sprays, scent, etc.
11 ) How would I observe brdhmacharya (Celibacy)
This will teach to restrain sexual pleasues.
12 ) In how many different Disha (Direction) would I
This limits the different direction in which one
13 ) How many items would I use for Snan (Bath)
This limits number of times and use a certain
quantity of water for a bath.
14 ) How many times would I do Bhojan-pani (Eat and
This limits the number of times for food and water.