FROM ROBBERY TO
In a town, there lived a gentleman with
his lovely wife. Many nights he would not feel sleepy. He used that time to
perform Samayik (sitting calmly in meditation or reading spiritual books,
etc.). One night four robbers came to his town. While deciding where to rob
they came near his house. They felt that his house was quiet and decided to
rob here. The robbers entered his house. Actually at that time the owner was
sitting in Samayik. He heard some noise and he realized that robbers are in
the house. He did not scream but told to himself, "No one can take what is
mine, I have right faith, right knowledge, and right conduct. Therefore, I
should not be upset at the robbers and I must not disturb my samayik."
He further thought, "I am in samayik and
no worldly thing should bother me. What did I bring with me when I was born
? And what would go with me when I die ? I came alone and I will leave this
world empty-handed. Let there be trust in the path shown by Jina. It will
give me the strength to complete this samayik in a peaceful frame of mind."
Meanwhile, one of the robber threw a bundle of goods out of the window. The
gentleman uttered, "Namo Arihantanam." When the robbers heard that, they
were startled that instead screaming they heard "Namo Arihantanam". "Namo
Arihantanam" also reminded them as if they have heard before. They started
reflecting on these words and within a few minutes they attained
Jati-smaran-jnan (knowledge of previous life). They discovered that they
were also Jains like him and performed samayik but not like him. They
praised his detachment for worldly things and repented on their current
activities. They reflected on the purity of Samayik very sincerely and they
burned up their four ghati (major) karmas and all four attained Kevaljnan.
When the gentleman finished his Samayik he
saw the four Kevalis seated on golden lotuses. He bow down to them with
If we repent our mistakes and sins we can
also get into a pure mental condition. Religious rituals are worthwhile, but
if we do not observe them properly with pure heart and mind then they are
meaningless. One, who repents his sins and decides not to repeat them would
be born either in heaven or may even be liberated in same life.