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GUIDLINES OF JAINISM

Bhadrabahu Vijay

THE FOURTEEN PLEDGES BY HOUSEHLODERS

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 foods.

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, etc.

5) How many items in the categories of Tambol would I eat today?

This limits the items of tambol like betel nuts, betel leaves, cardomom, cloves, etc., to keep the mouth pleasant-smelling,

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 today?

This limits the number of cots, beds and bedsteads to be used.

10 ) How many Vilepan (makeup items) would I use today?

This limits the quantity of items like puffs, powders, perfumes, sprays, scent, etc.

11 ) How would I observe brdhmacharya (Celibacy) today.

This will teach to restrain sexual pleasues.

12 ) In how many different Disha (Direction) would I go today?

This limits the different direction in which one might go.

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 drink)?

This limits the number of times for food and water.