MAHAVIRA AND THE COW HERDER
One day as Lord Mahavira was going from one place to another, he stopped near a
big tree, outside the village, to meditate. While he was meditating, a cow
herder came there with his cows. He needed someone to look after the cows, so he
could run some errands. He asked Mahavira swami if he would look after the cows
for a few hours. Lord Mahavira was in deep meditation, and did not hear the cow
herder. However, the cow herder went away thinking that Lord Mahavira
him and will look after the cows.
In the meantime, the cows started wandering away, looking for and grazing grass.
A few hours later, the cow herder returned and found all his cows missing. He
asked Mahavira swami, "Where are my cows? What did you do with them?" Lord Mahavira
was still in meditation and did not reply. The cow herder started wondering.
"Where could they be?" Since Lord Mahavira did not reply, the cow herder searched
for them everywhere in the valley, but could not find them. While he was looking
for the cows, they returned to the place where Mahavira swami was meditating.
When the cow herder came back, to his amazement, all his cows were standing near
Lord Mahavira. Mahavira swami was still meditating. The cow herder became very
angry at Lord Mahavir, because he thought that Lord Mahavira was hiding his cows.
So, he took out his rope and was about to whip Mahavira swami with it. Just then,
an angel from heaven came down and held the rope.
"Can't you see that Lord Mahavira is in deep meditation?" asked the angel.
"But he tricked me!" said the cow herder. The angel replied, "He is a God. He
does not care for your cows or anything else in this world. He was in meditation
and did not hear you. He did not do anything to your cows. You would have gotten
bad karmas for hurting him."
The cow herder realized that he had made a mistake. He apologized to Lord
Mahavira and went away silently. The angel went back to heaven feeling happy that
he could stop Lord Mahavira's suffering. Mahavira didn't have any bad feelings towards the cow herder, because he held no
anger towards anyone.
We should not make hasty decisions, because we can be wrong. We should also not
hurt anyone, and should observe forgiveness instead of anger. This way we can
stop new karmas from coming to our soul.
Story of Ahimsa
Brahmachâri in the book Sri Sri Sadgurusanga, Part III,
pages 125-126 writes as follows:
“Mr. Anderson a European gentlemen, saw a sage in the
forest of Jayadebpur, where he went out for a hunt. The elephant, on
which Mr. Anderson was riding, got frightened seeing a tiger and
threw him down. Mr. Anderson fired twice or thrice at the tiger, but
missed his aim. He then began to run followed by the tiger. He saw a
naked sage in copse and ran to him. The sage asked him to sit and
waving his hand forbade the tiger to advance. The tiger sat at a
distance, wagged its tail and growled for some time and then went
away. Mr. Anderson was astonished to see the wonderful phenomenon
and asked the sage how he was able to pacify the tiger. The sage
replied: ‘tigers or snakes, never injure one who has no Himsâ.
Because you have a feeling of Himsâ in your mind, you are attacked
by wild animals.’ Mr. Anderson from that day became a vegetarian
and gave up shooting. He was seen by many people in Dacca and
Chittagong when this change had come over him.”
According to Jainism there was a King named Mahabal. Once, in a religious
festival, he prohibited the hunting in the state, but his son killed an animal
secretly. When the gardener told the king about his son killing an animal, the
King became very angry and ordered to hang the Prince. The King sent his
servants to fetch the hangman Yampal Chandal. The King ordered him to hang the
Yampal Chandal requested the King, "Oh lord I shall not kill the Prince because
it is Chaturdashi today. I had taken a vow from a Digamber saint not to kill
anybody on Chaturdashi. Hearing this the King became angry and ordered his
servants to bound Yampal and the Prince and throw them into the sea. But by the
impression of Yampal's vow, the Gods of water saved Yampal from drowning.
Candanabala : First Head of Women Disciples
was the princess of a king of Campa. After defeat of King of Campa in a battle, the princess was taken as a slave and finally purchased by a
wealthy merchant called Dhanna, who mercifully treated her as his daughter. The
merchant's wife, however, suspected the intentions of her husband. So when the
merchant had gone to Kausambi, Candanabala was put in fetters, her head was
shaved, and was starved for three days, at the end of which she was given
roasted black grams to eat. In the meantime Mahavira, who was undergoing very
difficult penances, was moving from house to house to accept some alms to eat to
break his fasts of more than five months, but was returning back from all houses
without accepting anything. People were anxious to offer anything, he wanted to
break his fasts but he did not utter a single word and returned back after
seeing the situation and the food offered to him. This attitude of the saint was
very perplexing to the citizens of Kausambi because, by that time his reputation
as a great ascetic had spread far and wide and it was considered a great honour
for one whose offer of food was accepted by him.
Mahavira's method of performing penances was very peculiar. He often used to
resolve to take only a particular type of food if offered to him under
particular circumstances by a particular person. Others were knowing nothing
about such resolves with the result that the conditions under which the offer
was to be accepted were not satisfied and his fasts remained unbroken for a
number of days. In fact, during the course of 12 years of his penances he is
said to have taken food only on 349 days. Idea was that if nature wanted him to
remain alive, it was bound to satisfy his resolutions. Now when Mahavira was in
Kausambi in the eleventh year of his penances, he had resolved to accept the offer of roasted black grams from an unmarried princess in captivity with the
shaven head and locked in fetters and also with tears in her eyes. It was
obviously difficult to satisfy all these conditions at a time. For five months
and twenty-five days, the master wandered from one house to the other in
Kausambi and silently returned and went without food, his conditions
Candanabala knew this story of master's wandering and after her own fasts for
three days when she got roasted black grams to eat, her first thought was to
offer these grams to the master if he was kind enough to accept the same. When
she saw the master approaching her on his usual visit to take alms, her joy knew
no bounds as she offered the rare Morsels of food which she got after three days. When the master approached her, he found that all the conditions of his
resolve, but one, were fulfilled. The one condition which remained unfulfilled
was the absence of tears in the eyes of his donor. When he noticed this, he
began to retreat without uttering a word. This shocked the enthusiastic devotee
whose enthusiasm and joy evaporated. Deeply dejected, she began to cry and tears
rolled her check. A back glance at her, convinced the master that all his
resolves were fully satisfied. he returned back and accepted the alms of roasted
grams from her and broke his famous fast. This Candanabala then renounced the
world. She was freed by her master and she was made the first head of the order
of Jaina nuns.
5.CHANGE OF HEART
Once a businessman was travelling in a bus. There he found a purse on the seat.
He picked it secretly. When he reached home, he found one thousand rupees with
an address slip in the purse and became very happy. After some days he lost a
hundred rupees note. He searched for it but could not find. On the same day his
sweeper came to him and told, "Oh babuji, I found this note from your garage.
Please take it". At the same time he thought, "I am worse than my sweeper,
because I have stolen a purse of a gentleman. I must return it to him". At once
he set out to the owner's house and handed him the purse. When the owner thanked
him, he said,"Do not thank me but thank my sweeper who had changed my heart". He
then told the whole story. So we should always remain honest in our life.
IMPORTANCE OF NAMOKAR MANTRA
Once, a man was going to the market. On the way, a hurt ox was lying there.
Seeing the ox, the man became restless. He felt that the ox was about to die, so
the man sat near it and began to recite the Namokar Mantra. Hearing the Namokar
Mantra, the heart of ox became calm and it died with good feelings. In the next
birth it became the son of a King. There he got many palaces, beautiful cloths,
ornaments, etc. If an animal gets a good life by hearing the Namokar Mantra,
then why will we not get the peace and happiness by reciting the Namokar Mantra?
Everyday we should recite the Namokar Mantra to destroy our sins.
RESULT OF VEGETARIANISM
According to Jainism there lived a hunter in the forest. Once there came a
Digambar Saint. He preached the people about vegetarianism. Most people took an
oath not to eat meat in their life. When he asked the hunter to leave the eating
of meat, the hunter said, "Lord, the meat is our main food and we can't live
without it". At the end he decided to leave eating meat. Once he became very
ill. The doctor advised him to eat meat as medicine. He refused and did not take
meat because of his oath. He was born in the heaven. So we should remain pure
vegetarians and never eat meat.
8. LEGEND OF GULLIKAYAJJI
In Shravanbelgola next to the Bahubali colossus there is
an image of a woman called Gullikayajji. This women forms an important episode in the Bahubali legend.
It is a legend that when the great military leader Chamundarai decided to bathe the Bahubali image with milk he mobilized enormous quantities of it. On a scale worthy of a great warrior. But to the amazement of everyone present on this occasion, all that milk could barely wet the body as far down as the waist. A simple, modest, woman called Gullikayajji then expressed a desire to pour her humble offering over the god's image. It is said thai her thimbleful of an offering did not simply drench the entire height of
Bahubali, but went down to flood the whole basin. The moral of this miracle dawned on the mighty Chamundarai who had Gullikayajji's image carved and installed to show respect for a simple old woman,
who destroyed the hubris (ahankar) of the mighty Chamundarai.