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CHAPTER – 16

CONCLUSION : SONG OF THE SOUL

I have endeavored to present in the four sections of this book a comprehensive portrait of Jain religion with interlinked information and analysis of Jain philosophy, doctrines, rituals, practices and beliefs. The presentation has been made keeping in view the growing universal relevance particularly in contemporary times of the fundamental tenets of Jain religion, namely Ahimsa, Aparigraha and Anekant. Together they have come to define the Jain concept of translating spirituality into day-to-day art of ethical living.

In its core essence, Jain religion, is a Song of the Soul’ that inspires you, guides you, persuades you to pursue spirituality both in thought and practice. It provides a recipe for an ethically and morally satisfying life in the present human incarnation. At the same time, it is a preparation for eventual emancipation from the eternal cycle of birth and death, pain and pleasure. This has come to be reflected very vividly, and in an enchantingly compact manner in ‘MERI BHAVNA’ a widely popular and frequently recited poem-prayer written in Hindi language in the early part of the twentieth century by Pandit Jugal Kishore “Yug Veer”. The 11 stanzas express the yearnings of the soul to rise higher in the spiritual and ethical realms. This Song of the Soul, therefore, depicts succinctly what the portrait of ain religion presented by me in this book.

Hence, I have translated it into English and the same is being presented as the Conclusion of this book together with its original version in Hindi.

SONG OF THE SOUL (MERI  BHAVNA)

- 1 -
One who has risen beyond
Earthly bonds, ill feeling and passion
One who has shown to all living beings
The path to salvation
Call him Mahavir Jin or Buddha
Harihar or Brahma
Or a soul attaining emancipation
Let my mind dwell deep within
Absorbed in deep devotion to him

- 1 -
Jisnne raga-dwesh kamadik jeete
Sab jag jan liya
Sab jeevon ko mokshamarg ka
nispraha ho upadesh diya
Buddha, Veera, Jina, Harihar, Bramha
Ya usko swadhin kaho
Bhaktibhav se prerit ho
Yah chitta usi men leen raho

- 2 -
Wise saints succeed in resisting
All material temptations
Inspired by equanimity
They constantly pursue promotion
Welfare of all without distinction
They engage in selfless arduous penance
Without any hesitation
Such saints succeed in overcoming
Worlds multiple sorrows burden

- 2 -
Vishyon ki ashha nahin jinke
Samya bhav dhan rakhte hain
Nija-para ke hita-sadhana men jo
Nish-din tatpar rahte hain
Svartha-tyaga ki kathin tapasya
Bina khed jo karte hain
Aise jnani sadhu jagat ke
Dukha-samooha ko harte hain.

- 3 -
May I always be in their noble company
May they always be in my contemplation
May I seek from their life pattern
Constant motivation and inspiration
May I not hurt any living beings
May I never utter a lie
May I not be tempted by others wealth or women
May I be content with
The nectar of satisfaction

- 3 -
Rahe sada satsang unhin ka
Dhyana unika nitya rahe
Unki jaisi charya men yeh
Chitta sada anurakta rahe
Nahin sataun kisi jiva ko
Jhoot kabhi nahin kaha karun
Para-dhan vanita par na lubhaun
Santoshamriit piya karoon.

- 4 -
Let me not harbor
Any egoistic pretensions
Or towards others anger manifestation
Let me not be jealous of
Others’ success or elevation
Natural and truthful behavior
Be my mental orientation
Doing a good turn to others
Be my life’s mission

- 4 -
Ahankar ka bhav na rakkhun
Nahin kisi par krodh karoon
Dekh doosron ki badhti ko
Kabhi na Irshya-bhav dharoon
Rahe bhavana aisi meri
Sarala, satya vyavhara karoon
Bane jahan tak es jeevan men
Auron ka upakar karoon

- 5 -
Let me be to all living beings
Constantly of friendly inclination
For the deprived and the distressed
Let my heart be
The fountain spring of compassion
For the bad, wicked and depraved
Let me not have any contempt emotion
With equanimity towards them
Let there be my attitude transformation

- 5 -
Maitri bhav jagat men mera
Sab jeevon par nitya rahe
Deen-dukhi jeevon par mere
Ur se karuna srota bahe
Durjan, krura, kumarga-raton par
Kshobha nahin muzhko aaye
Samya bhav rakkhoon mein un par
Aisi pariniti ho jaye

- 6 -
Encountering virtuous persons
Let my heart be filled
With loving affection
Let me feel happy and content
Serving them to satisfaction
Let me never be ungrateful
Nor indulge in recrimination
Ignoring failings of others,
Let me pick up their good traits for inculcation

- 6 -
Guni jano ko dekh hridaya men
Mere prem umad aaye
Bane jahan tak unki seva
Karke yeh mana sukha paye
Hovoon hain kritaghna kabhi mein
Droha na mere ur aaye
Guna-grihan ka bhav rahe nit
Drishti na doshon par jaye.

- 7 -
Whether anyone speaks ill or well
Whether wealth comes
Or goes away
Whether I live for long years
Or if death should come my way
Let no fear or temptation
Ever make me sway
From the path of justice
And fair play

- 7 -
Koyi bura kahe ya achcha
Lakshmi aaye ya jaye
Lakhon varshon tak jeeyun ya
Mrtyu aaj hee aa jaye
Athawa koyi kaisa bhi bhaya
Ya lalach dene aaye
To bhi nyaya-marg se mera
Kabhi na pad digne paye.

- 8 -
Let me not be overjoyed  by happiness
Let me not feel upset in distress
Let me not be afraid of
Terrifying mountains and rivers
Burial places and forests
Let my inner self grow strong
Unflinching even when things go wrong
May fortitude be my armour
The face life’s vicissitudes without murmer

- 8 -
Hokar sukha men magna na foolen
Dukh men kabhi na ghabaraven
Parvat, nadi, shamsan bhayanak
Atavi se nahin bhaya khaven
Rahe adol-akampa nirantar
Yeh mana drudhatar ho jaye
Ishta-viyog, anishta-yog me
Sahan- shilata dikh laye.

- 9 -
May all living beings on earth
Be happy and tension free
May the world get rid of vanity and hostility
Ushering in the ever-renewing auspicious sprees
May there be in every home
Always awareness of religion
May ill deeds become rare exception
May human life be made worthy and come to fruition
Taking ever once knowledge and character to higher elevation

- 9 -
Sukhee raahen sab jiva jagat ke
Koyi kabhi na ghabrayen
Vaira-bhav, abhiman chhod jag
Nitya naye mangal gayen
Ghar-ghar charcha rahe dharma ki
Dushkrita dushkar ho jayen
Jnan-charita unnata kar apna
Manuja- janm- phala sab payen.

- 10 -
May the world not be engulfed by disasters
And may the rains come when due
May the ruler be righteous and just
To people of all hue
May there be no outbreak of disasters and disease
May the people always live in peace
May non-violence reign
As the Supreme Religion
Radiating happiness for all without distinction

- 10 -
Iti-bhiti vyape nahin jag mein
Vrishti samaya par hua kare
Dharmanishtha ho kar Raja bhi
Nyaya praja ka kiya kare
Roga, mari, durbhiksha na phaile
Praja shanty se jiya kare
Parama Ahimsa Dharma jagat mein
Phaila sarva hita kiya kare.

- 11 -
Let love for one another
Spread with speed
Let human beings give up
Possessive greed
Let no one utter harsh and hurtful words
Let all the people be caring and confident
Taking the nation ever forward
Let people face suffering and sorrow gladly
Appreciating true nature of all things clearly

- 11 -
Phaile prem paraspar jag men
Moha door hee raha kare
Apriya-katuka-kathor shabda nahin
Koyi much se kaha kare
Bana kar sab ‘Yugveer’ hridaya se
Aatmonnati-rata raha Karen
Vastu-swaroop vichar khushi se
Sab dukha-sankat saha karen

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