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Best Life Changing Quotes of Mahaveer Swami

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Best Life Changing Quotes of Mahaveer Swami

Mahaveer Swami was an essential pillar of Jainism in the religious movement of the sixth century BC. Similar to Gautama Buddha, he was not the founder of Jainism. Instead, he was the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism. That is, 23 Tirthankaras had led this religion even before them. But Mahavira Swami has been the most crucial place in the restoration of Jainism. He is believed to be the real founder of Jainism. His quotes and sayings are highly inspirational and life-changing.


Mahaveer Swami was born in Kundagram near Vaishali in 599 BC. His childhood name was Vardhaman. His mother, Trishala, was the sister of Naresh Chetak.Lord Mahavira's father, Siddhartha was the head of the association of known Kshatriyas, one of the eight republics of the Vajji sangha. His wife's name was Yashoda (of Kundinya gotra). From whom a daughter Priyadarshana was born. Priyadarshana was married to Jamali. Jamali became Mahaveera's first disciple.

Mahaveer Swami left home at the age of 30. After a hard penance of 12 years, Kaivalya (supreme knowledge) was attained under a year tree on the banks of river Rijupalika near Jumbhik village at the age of 42 years. After the attainment of Kaivalya, they were called Kevalin, Jin (conqueror), Arrah (worthy), and Nirgrantha (bondless). At the age of 72, he died of self-fasting (authoring method) at Pavapuri on the day of Diwali in 527 BC.

Top Mahavira Swami Quotes:

Below are some of the best quotes of Lord Mahavira. His quotes are highly motivational and inspirational:

Silence and Self-control is non-violence. -Lord Mahavira

Silence and Self-control is non-violence. -Lord Mahavira | Top Mahavira Swami Quotes | Best Mahaveer Quotes

The greatest mistake of a soul is the non-recognition of its real self and can only be corrected by recognizing itself. -Lord Mahavira

 The greatest mistake of a soul is the non-recognition of its real self and can only be corrected by recognizing itself. -Lord Mahavira | Top Mahavira Swami Quotes | Best Mahaveer Quotes

Every soul is in itself absolutely omniscient and blissful. The bliss does not come from outside. -Lord Mahavira

Every soul is in itself absolutely omniscient and blissful. The bliss does not come from outside. -Lord Mahavira | Top Mahavira Swami Quotes | Best Mahaveer Quotes

Have compassion towards all living beings. Hatred leads to destruction. -Lord Mahavira

 Have compassion towards all living beings. Hatred leads to destruction. -Lord Mahavira | Top Mahavira Swami Quotes | Best Mahaveer Quotes

There is no separate existence of God. Everybody can attain God-hood by making supreme efforts in the right direction. -Lord Mahavira

 There is no separate existence of God. Everybody can attain God-hood by making supreme efforts in the right direction. -Lord Mahavira | Top Mahavira Swami Quotes | Best Mahaveer Quotes

Respect for all living beings is non‑violence. -Lord Mahavira

Respect for all living beings is non‑violence. -Lord Mahavira | Top Mahavira Swami Quotes | Best Mahaveer Quotes

All human beings are miserable due to their own faults, and they themselves can be happy by correcting these faults. -Lord Mahaviraa

All human beings are miserable due to their own faults, and they themselves can be happy by correcting these faults. -Lord Mahaviraa | Top Mahavira Swami Quotes | Best Mahaveer Quotes

There is no enemy out of your soul. The real enemies live inside yourself, they are anger, pride, greed, attachments, and hate. -Lord Mahavira

 There is no enemy out of your soul. The real enemies live inside yourself, they are anger, pride, greed, attachments, and hate. -Lord Mahavira | Top Mahavira Swami Quotes | Best Mahaveer Quotes

It is better to win over self than to win over a million enemies. -Lord Mahavira

It is better to win over self than to win over a million enemies. -Lord Mahavira | Top Mahavira Swami Quotes | Best Mahaveer Quotes

In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self. -Lord Mahavira

 In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self. -Lord Mahavira | Top Mahavira Swami Quotes | Best Mahaveer Quotes

The soul comes alone and goes alone, no one companies it and no one becomes its mate. -Lord Mahavira

The soul comes alone and goes alone, no one companies it and no one becomes its mate. -Lord Mahavira | Top Mahavira Swami Quotes | Best Mahaveer Quotes

Fight with yourself, why fight with external foes? He, who conquers himself through himself, will obtain happiness. -Lord Mahavira

 Fight with yourself, why fight with external foes? He, who conquers himself through himself, will obtain happiness. -Lord Mahavira | Top Mahavira Swami Quotes | Best Mahaveer Quotes

Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being. -Lord Mahavira

Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being. -Lord Mahavira | Top Mahavira Swami Quotes | Best Mahaveer Quotes

Kill not, cause no pain. Nonviolence is the greatest religion. -Lord Mahavira

Kill not, cause no pain. Nonviolence is the greatest religion. -Lord Mahavira | Top Mahavira Swami Quotes | Best Mahaveer Quotes

Best Quotes of Mahavira Swami (Mahaveer Swami)

Here is an extensive list of famous Mahavira Swami quotes:

  1. By practising celibacy one can fulfil all other vows - chastity, tapas (penance), vinaya (humility), samyama (self restraint), forgiveness, self-protection and detachment.

  2. Even the noble becomes mean in the company of the wicked, as precious necklace on the neck of a dead body.

  3. Just as I do not like misery, so do others. Knowing this, one neither kills, nor gets killed. A sramana is so called because he behaves equanimously.

  4. The more you get, the more you want. The greed increases with the gain. What could be accomplished by two masas (grams) of gold could not be done by ten millions.

  5. On the aggravation of one's greed, a person fails to distinguish between what should be done and what should not be done. He is a daredevil, who cannot commit any offence even at the cost of his own life.

  6. Discipline is the means of achieving liberation.

  7. Knowing that the earth with its crops of rice and barley, with its gold and cattle, and all this put together will not satisfy one single man, one should practise penance.

  8. Only that science is a great and the best of all sciences, the study of which frees man from all kinds of miseries.

  9. My soul characterised by knowledge and faith is alone eternal. All other phases of my existence to which I am attached are external occurrences that are transitory.

  10. Those who are ignorant of the supreme purpose of life will never be able to attain nirvana (liberation) in spite of their observance of the vratas (vows) and niymas (rules) of religious conduct and practice of sila (celibacy) and tapas (penance).

  11. One who knows the spiritual (self) knows the external (world) too. He who knows the external world, knows the self also.

  12. One who cultivates an attitude of equality towards all living beings, mobile and stationary, can attain equanimity. Thus do the kevalis say.

  13. Truthfulness indeed is tapa (penance). In truthfulness do reside self-restraint and all other virtues. Just as the fish can live only in the sea, so can all other virtues reside in truthfulness alone.

  14. There is nothing as fearful as death, and there is no suffering as great as birth. Be free from the fear of both birth and death, by doing away with attachment to the body.

  15. The five senses of the awakened always remain inactive. The five senses of the slumber always remain active. By means of the active five one acquires bondage while by means of the inactive five the bondage is severed.

  16. It is better to win over the self than to win over a million enemies.

  17. The valiant does not tolerate indulgence, nor does he tolerate abhorrence. As he is pleased with his own self, he is not attached to anything.

  18. The soul is the Brahman. Brahmacarya is therefore nothing but spiritual conduct of the ascetic concerning the soul, who has snapped out of relationship with alien body.

  19. The soul comes alone and goes alone, no one companies it and no one becomes its mate.

  20. Don't kill any living beings. Don't try to rule them.

  21. One who entertains fear finds himself lonely (and helpless).

  22. A living body is not merely an integration of limbs and flesh but it is the abode of the soul which potentially has perfect perception (Anant-darshana), perfect knowledge (Anant-jnana), perfect power (Anant-virya), and perfect bliss (Anant-sukha).

  23. There is no separate existence of God. Everybody can attain god-hood by making supreme efforts in the right direction. 

  24. (One should reflect thus:) Let me treat all living beings with equanimity and none with enmity. Let me attain samadhi (tranquillity) by becoming free from expectations.

  25. All unenlightened persons produce sufferings. Having become deluded, they produce and reproduce sufferings, in this endless world.

  26. The sun scorches only during the day, but cupid scorches in the day as well as in the night. One can protect oneself from the sun, but cannot from cupid.

  27. He who lies idle like a python simply wastes the ambrosia of wisdom. With the loss of his wisdom, he is no better than a bull.

  28. One should not utter displeasing words that arouse ill feelings in others. One should not indulge in speech conducive to the evil.

  29. He should not backbite and indulge in fraudulent untruth.

  30. The greatest mistake of a soul is non-recognition of its real self and can only be corrected by recognizing the self

  31. Greed even for a piece of straw, not to speak of precious things, produces sin. A greedless person, even if he wears a crown, cannot commit sin.

  32. Birth is attended by death, youth by decay and fortune by misfortune. Thus everything in this world is momentary.

  33. As a tortoise withdraws his limbs within his own body, even so does the valiant withdraw his mind within himself from all sins.

  34. Just as you do not like misery, in the same way others also do not like it. Knowing this, you should do unto them what you want them to do unto you.

  35. One may have a tuft or matted hair on the head or a shaven head, remain naked or wear a rag. But if he tells a lie, all this is futile and fruitless.

  36. O Self! Practise Truth, and nothing but Truth.

  37. One devoted whole-heartedly to knowledge, faith and right conduct equally accomplishes in full the task of the sramana.

  38. Let me renounce the bondage of attachment and hatred, pride and meekness, curiosity, fear, sorrow, indulgence and abhorrence (in order to accomplish equanimity).

  39. The yogi who is indifferent to worldly affairs remains spiritually alert to his own duty, namely, his duty towards his soul. On the other hand, one who indulges in worldly affairs is not dutiful to his soul.

  40. Don't be proud if you gain. Nor be sorry if you lose.

  41. One can bear all kinds of unbearable pain caused by spikes in expectation of wealth etc. But he alone who tolerates without any motive of worldly gain, harsh words spoken to him is venerable.

  42. The sadhaka (one who practises spiritual discipline) speaks words that are measured and beneficial to all living beings.

  43. Non-possessiveness controls the senses in the same way as a hook controls the elephant. As a ditch is useful for the protection of a town, so is non-attachment for the control of the senses.

  44. Living beings have desires. Desires consist in pleasure and pain.

  45. Both the righteous and unrighteous must die. When death is inevitable for both, why should not one embrace death while maintaining good conduct?

  46. A truthful man is treated as reliable as the mother, as venerable as the guru (preceptor) and as beloved as the one who commands knowledge.

  47. Every soul is independent, none depends on another.  

  48. Only the one who has transcended fear can experience equanimity.

  49. That which subdues passions, leads to beatitude and fosters friendliness is called knowledge in the Jaina doctrine.

  50. The ignoramus is always benighted. The enlightened is always wide awake.

  51. One should not speak unless asked to do so. He should not disturb others in conversation. 

  52. Other beings perceive through their senses whereas the sramana perceives through the Agama.

  53. Objects of the senses pollute knowledge if it is not protected by discipline.

  54. The nights that have departed will never return. They have been wasted by those given to unrighteousness.

  55. The essence of all knowledge consists in not committing violence. The doctrine of ahimsa is nothing but the observance of equality i.e. the realization that just as I do not like misery, others also do not like it. Knowing this, one should not kill anybody. 

  56. Discipline of speech consists in refraining from telling lies and in observing silence.

  57. A thief feels neither pity nor shame, nor does he posses discipline and faith. There is no evil that he cannot do for wealth.

  58. The courageous as well as the cowardly must die. When death is inevitable for both, why should not one welcome death smilingly and with fortitude?

  59. Just as a threaded ( sasutra ) needle is secure from being lost, in the same way a person given to self-study ( sasutra ) cannot be lost.

  60. The bhiksu (ascetic) should not be angry with one who abuses him. Otherwise he would be like the ignoramus. He should not therefore lose his temper.

  61. One who is constantly careful in his deportment is like the lily in the pond, untarnished by mud.

  62. A sramana devoid of the knowledge of Agama does neither know himself, nor others.

  63. One who, being swayed by wishful thinking becomes a victim of passions at every step, and does not ward off the desires, cannot practise asceticism.

  64. Righteousness consists in complete self-absorption and in giving up all kinds of passions including attachment. It is the only means of transcending the mundane existence. The Jinas have said so.

  65. Truth alone is the essence in the world.

  66. Every soul is in itself absolutely omniscient and blissful. The bliss does not come from outside. 

  67. Do not be in dread of the dreadful, the illness, the dis ease, the old age, and even the death or any other object of fear.

  68. One who remains equanimously in the midst of pleasures and pains is a sramana , being in the state of pure consciousness.

  69. To kill any living being amounts to killing one self. Compassion to others is compassion to one's own self. Therefore one should avoid violence like poison and thorn (that cause pain).

  70. The enlightened should contemplate that his soul is endowed with boundless energy.

  71. Just as everybody keeps away from a burning fire, so do the evils remain away from an enlightened person.

  72. Only that man can take a right decision, whose soul is not tormented by the afflictions of attachment and aversion.

  73. The unenlightened takes millions of lives to extirpate the effects of karma whereas a man possessing spiritual knowledge and discipline obliterates them in a single moment.

  74. An amorous person, failing to achieve his desired objects, becomes frantic and even ready to commit suicide by any means.

  75. Let me give up attachment through unattachment. My soul will be my only support (in this practice of unattachment). (Hence) let me give up everything else.

  76. The non vigilant has fear from all directions. The vigilant has none from any.

  77. External renunciation is meaningless if the soul remains fettered by internal shackles.

  78. As gold does not cease to be gold even if it is heated in the fire; an enlightened man does not cease to be enlightened on being tortured by the effect of karma.

  79. If somebody were to beat a disciplined and restrained ascetic, the latter should not think of avenging himself considering the soul to be imperishable.

  80. Knowing that pleasing sound, beauty, fragrance, pleasant taste and soothing touch are transitory transformations of matter, the celibate should not be enamoured of them.

  81. The ascetic who never thinks of telling a lie out of attachment, aversion or delusion is indeed the practiser of the second vrata of truthfulness.

  82. Just as fire is not quenched by the fuel and the ocean by thousands of rivers, similarly no living being is satisfied even with all the wealth of all the three worlds.

  83. That with the help of which we can know the truth, control the restless mind, and purify the soul is called knowledge in the Jaina doctrine.

  84. Keep yourself always awake. One who keeps awake in creases his wisdom. He who falls asleep is wretched. Blessed is he who keeps awake.

  85. Enlightened by the light of Truth, the wise transcends death.


         

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