Following a request from Shree Saubhagbhai of Sayla, Shrimad Rajchandra composed the great Atma Sidhi Shastra in the town of Nadiad, Gujarat. The
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This chapter begins with admission of ignorance by the disciple while venerating the Guru. This chapter also discusses the absolute necessity of having an enlightened Guru and characteristics of such Guru. Ethics of Jainism Sallekhana.
It is the body that undergoes change like old age and death, not the underlying substance, that is, atmasidhi soul which is not destroyed. The pupil raises the following arguments: He calls them as six pada or six spiritual steps: The verses 87 to 91 discuss the capacity of soul to attain liberation.
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He gujaeati grateful to his guru and sings extolment and praise of his guarati. The pupil is now convinced that soul is the enjoyer and sufferer of its karma but doubts whether it is possible to destroy all the karmas and attain liberation. Thus anyone who gives up strong opinions and viewpoints about various ideologies and follows the path enumerated above will attain liberation after a very few births. There are 23 stanzas in this chapter that provide an introduction to the religious approach.
This darkness can be destroyed by light of knowledge. The background to his philosophy of six steps lie in one particular verse in a book called Adhyatma-saar by 17th century Jain philosopher-monk Yasovijaya which says: Shrimadji ggujarati studied various Jain scriptures and many great gujrati written by Jain Acharyas. In the same way the karma arising out of anger can be destroyed by forgiveness.
The verses 59 to 70 pertain to the disciples doubt regarding permanence to the soul and the gurus explanation as to why the soul is eternal.
He was also highly regarded by Mahatma Gandhi.
The verses 92 to discuss the path to liberation and qualities of true seeker of knowledge. The disciple notes that the knowledge of soul and karma is useless unless we know the path to liberation.
Hence, Atma Siddhi is translated as self attainment or self realization. Atmaxiddhi pupil notes that there are so many religious paths and creed that it is difficult to understand which path leads to salvation. Since this is observable, there cannot be any doubt about it.
Archived from the original PDF on July 10, Since, Karma fructifies on its own and passes away after it bears its consequences, necessity of God as dispenser of justice is done away with. Verses 34 to 42 discuss the attributes of a true seeker of self. The disciple is convinced on the soul as the doer of its karma but doubts that soul bears the consequence of its actions as the karma is a lifeless and unintelligent entity and hence cannot influence consciousness.
It propounds six fundamental truths on soul which are gujaeati known as satapada six steps. Views Read Edit View history. Furthermore, since shasyra occurs continuously and nothing is permanent—this also applies to the soul.
If these steps are well followed then they can easily give birth to a fine shatra discriminative knowledge on what is right and wrong in the human Soul. Then it would not experience either joy or sorrow on account of contact with any perishable or impure object or bhava passion. There may be sharp intellect of frail body and poor intellect of healthy body. Finally the guru points out the irony of the question—to question whether the self exists, that itself proves the existence of self.
The guru explains that the body is merely a non-sentient form and hence cannot determine the birth and death of sentience. Hence liberation is impossible.
True seekers are those who are engaged in gaining self-realization. By propounding the six fundamental truths or steps, Shrimadji basically summarized what ancient Jain philosophers had been saying in various texts.
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Atmasiddhi is highly revered amongst the followers of Shrimad. Similarly, the soul also bears the result of its karma, even though the karma is lifeless. He then goes on to discuss the characteristics of the false believer and the true seeker of self.
These six steps are totally true or correct, beyond all possible doubt, and this is indicated by the very high person, Bhagawan Mahavira.