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12 Anuprekshas or matters of deep thinking according to the Jain scriptures:

1. All worldly things are temporary.

2. The Soul alone is the sole resort.

3. This world is beginningless and crooked.

4. There is nothing to help the Soul, but the Soul itself.

5. Body, mind, etc., are essentially separate from the Soul.

6. The Soul is essentially pure and the body, etc, are essentially impure.

7. The Soul's bondage is due to the inflow of Karma in it.

8. Every being ought to stop this inflow.

9. Emancipation is attained when Karma is absolutely got rid of.

10. The emancipated Souls remain at the foremost top of the filled spaces.

11. in this world, to have the birth of a human being and to mediate on the nature of the Soul are the greatest blessings.

12. To have the three jewels as described by the Omniscient is the only morality *

* - Right Faith, Right Knowledge and Right Conduct.

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' Acharanga Sutra '

I so pronounce that all the omniscients of all times, state, speak, propagate, and elaborate that nothing which breathes, which exists, which lives, or which has essence or potential of life, should be destroyed or ruled over, or subjugated, or harmed, or denied of its essence or potential.

This truth, propagated by the self-knowing omniscients, after understanding all there is in universe, is pure, undefileable, and eternal.

In support of this Truth, I ask you a question - "Is sorrow or pain desirable to you ?" If you say "yes it is", it would be a lie. If you say, "No, It is not" you will be expressing the truth. What I want to add to the truth expressed by you is that, as sorrow or pain is not desirable to you, so it is to all which breath, exist, live or have any essence of life. To you and all, it is undesirable, and painful, and repugnant.

That which you consider worth destroying is (like) yourself. That which you consider worth disciplining is (like) yourself. That which you consider worth subjugating is (like) yourself. That which you consider worth killing is yourself. The result of actions by you has to be borne by you, so do not destroy anything.

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