Value-education through Anupreksha and Bhavana

Chapter-5 : by Acharya Mahapragya

Jain Vishva Bharati

Value-education through Anupreksha and Bhavana

(Contemplation and Auto-suggestion) : Value-oriented techniques are the backbone of Science of Living. The moral and spiritual values to be inculcated in the learner through the practice of Anupreksha or bhavana are :

1. Sense of duty

2. Self-dependence

3. Truthfulness

4. Reconciliation

5. Freedom from fanaticism

6. Human equality

7. Co-existence

8. Patriotism (Loyalty)

9. Mental equilibrium

10. Patience

11. Honesty

12. Compassion

13. Freedom from lust

14. Forbearance

15. Modesty

16. Freedom from conceit

17. Freedom from fear

18. Self-discipline

19. Friendliness

20. Freedom from avidity

21. Will-power

22. Detachment to the body

These values cannot be inculcated merely by books or preaching. The exercises of auto-suggestion (bhavana) coupled with concentration on psychic centres and breath-control bring about required internal (chemical and electrical) changes with the ultimate result of transformation in personality.

The teacher can devise similar value-imbibing exercises of bhavana or anupreksha to befit a particular learner to bring about his ultimate transformation.