Bhagavan Mahavira teaching
Bhagavan Mahavira made religion simple and natural,
free from elaborate rituals. His teachings reflect the internal beauty and harmony of the soul.
Bhagavan Mahavira taught the idea of supremacy of
human life and stressed the importance of a positive attitude towards life.
Bhagavan Mahavir's message of nonviolence (Ahimsä),
truth (Satya), non-stealing (Achaurya), celibacy (Brahmacharya),
and non-possession (Aparigraha) is full of universal compassion.
Bhagavan Mahavira said that, "A living body is not merely an integration of limbs and flesh but it is the abode of the
soul which potentially has infinite perception (Anantdarshana), infinite knowledge (Anantjnäna), infinite power (Anantvirya), and
infinite bliss (Anantsukha). Mahavir's message reflects freedom and spiritual joy of the living being.
Bhagavan Mahavira emphasized that all-living beings, irrespective of their size, shape, form, and how spiritually
developed or undeveloped, are equal and we should love and respect them. In this way, he preached the universal love.
Bhagavan Mahavira taught that the true nature of reality is timeless, with no beginning or end and rejected the
concept of God as a creator, a protector, and a destroyer of the universe. He also taught that worshiping heavenly gods and
goddesses, as a means of material gain and personal benefits is contrary to the path of liberation.
One time Bhagavan Mahavira was asked what is the religion from
a realistic point of view. Bhagavan Mahavira said, “ the realistic religion consists of four parts:
1) equality of all living ones, 2) every living soul has right
to put self-effort to improve itself and should not to be stripped of that right, 3) no one should rule over other living beings, and
4) all situations should be viewed with equanimity - without like or
dislike." If one adopts only one of these four, other three will automatically be adopted.