On the holy occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, what lesson should we learn from the teachings of religions such as Jainism? Bhagawan explains today juxtaposing with Buddhism.
Buddha was so agonised by the suffering that haunts the life of man that he investigated the behaviour of the mind and intellect of man and discovered remedial disciplines; he analysed the vagaries of the mind which lead man into the whirlpools of desires; he analysed the ways of reason too and spotted the areas where prejudice takes root; above all, he preached surrender to dharma (righteousness), to compassion and to Buddha (the Enlightened One).
Jainism, the religion that was rendered an All-India movement by Mahaveera, extols Jina, the heroic conqueror of the senses, the emotions and the stratagems of the intellect.
He called upon all to carry out the duties commensurate to their status and professions, with steady faith and enthusiasm. He declared that all things and beings are holy in their own right and are but pilgrims on the road to Realisation. Any Injury inflicted on any of them is an intervention in that sacred journey and so has to be scrupulously avoided!
– Divine Discourse, Oct 01, 1976.