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Tulsi Badrinath

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199465187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199465187.001.0001

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Personal and Social Health

Personal and Social Health

‘Not-grasping’ in Jainism*

(p.93) 21 Personal and Social Health
Chaturvedi Badrinath

Tulsi Badrinath

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A-parigraha, or ‘not-grasping’, is an idea central to Jainism. When one encircles and overpowers the other, undoubtedly, one is robbed of his/her freedom and dignity. But in doing that the other is also destroyed; even though he/she may physically live. What is generally not seen is the undeniable truth that one limits himself/herself when encircling the other person. In this essay Badrinath says that influenced by Jaina philosophy, when Mahatma Gandhi insisted that there could be no political and economic reconstruction without not-grasping and not-violence as its basis, he was accused of bringing ‘religion’ into politics. Badrinath clarifies that this was untrue. Without self-control as the foundation of social well-being, passions can produce only collective insanity. The essay asserts that seen in this light, a-parigraha and a-himsa are the first active principles of human living.

Keywords:   A-parigraha, a-himsa, foundation of social health, Tatvartha-adhigama-sutra, Umasvati, karma

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