Acharya Kund kund
of Jain Mission Information
1. Revealed by the
Arhat in a intent, and composed correctly by the divine gandhara,-seeking the
meaning of such scripture saints realise the supreme end.
2. Knowing that scripture, as understood well by acharyas in succession from
two points of view (conventional and absolute), one who puts himself on the
path of emancipation is blessed (Bhavya). (A Bhavya is one whose emancipation
is ensured). (See,verse II, 6)
3. One versed in the scripture destroys birth and rebirth. A needle without
thread is lost but not one with thread (Sutra means "Scripture" as well as
4. A person with (faith in) scripture is never lost; he may even through self-realisation
get rid of mundane existence, though he may be without vision (to begin with).
5. One who knows the categories, soul etc., and (so under stands) what to
reject and what to appropriate is one with right faith.
6. Knowing the scripture, uttered by the Jina, from the conventional and the
absolute point of view, the saint destroys the accumulation of (Karmic) dirt
and attains bliss.
7. One who transgresses the scripture in spirit or letter should be considered
to e of wrong faith; one who wears clothes should not even playfully eat off
his hands. ( a practice prescribed only for munis who give up clothing.)
8. A man may become the equal of Hari and Hara and be born in heaven a crore
of times; even then he does not attain perfection; he is still said to be of
9. One who conducts himself in various deed like a noble lion, and bears the
weight (of responsibility) of a teacher, if devoid of restraint, falls into
sin and becomes a non-believer.
10. The Highest and the best of Jinas have declared nudity and taking food off
one's hands to be (the insignia of) the one way to liberation; all the rest
11. One who is possessed of self-restraint and is free from paraphernalia and
possession is adorable by gods and demons in the world.
12. Those saints who, endowed with a hundred powers, endure twenty-two kinds
of hardships, destroy and shed karmas (and) become adorable.
13. Of the other forms, those of right faith and knowledge permitting
themselves the possession of clothes are said to be worthy of (being greeted
as) "Icchakaras" (desirous) ( A recog nised form of greeting for the order).
14. One who, confirmed in the (teachings of the scripture, understands the
real meaning of `Icchakar is poised in right faith; giving up the other
activities he attains happiness in the next world.
15. If after that he does not seeks self-realisation, though he may perform
all other duties without exception, he cannot attain perfection; he is still
said to be of the world.
16. For this reason you should cultivate self-realisation in three ways,
(thought, word and deed); what leads to emancipation should learnt
17. The saints are not to have possessions even to the extent of the point of
a hair. They eat food given by others off their hands (standing) at one place,
(and so require no possessions).
18. One with form as at birth does not keep in his hands (any thing) even to
the extent of the husk of a sessamum seed. If he does own on a small or a
large scale, he is born again in the lowest form of life.
19. The type (of ascetics) having possessions on a small or large scale is to
be condemned. According to the Jina's word. One free from possessions is
20. One who observes the five great vows, and the three restraints (of
thought, word and deed) is a sanyat (a man of self-control); without ties, he
is on the way to emancipation and is adorable.
21. The second class of insignia is said to be that of a holy layman (allowed
only a loin-cloth) who wanders about to beg for food and eats it off a leaf,
cautious in speech or keeping silent.
22. The insignia for women are taking only one meal (in the day) putting on
one piece of clothing even for a recluse and eating with clothing on.
23. Even a Tirthankara cannot achieve perfection with clothing; according to
the Jina's scripture, nudity is the one path to emancipation; the rest are all
27. Those who take permissible things in moderation as one takes water from
the sea just enough to wash ones clothes, those who overcome desire,-they
conquer all suffering.