NIYAMSARA is the sacred book of the Jainas
CHAPTER ONE: JIVA
1. Bowing to Vira Jina, who, by
nature is the possessor of infinite and supreme knowledge and conation; I
shall compose Niyama-Sara, preached by Kevalis and the Shruta- Kevalis.
Shri Kunda-Kunda Acharya renders homage to the last of the twenty-four
Thirthankaras, Lord Mahavira, who also called Vira, and enshrines Hi to
his heart for the purification of his thoughts; so that he may be able
to fulfil his undertaking successfully. Further, the Acharya express it
emphatically that whatever he will write will not be his own independet
teching, but will be fully based upon the authoritative pronouncement of
Kevalis and Shruta-Kevali.
2. In the Jaina Scriptures, the Path
and the Fruit of the Path are described as the two parts. The means of
liberation constitute the Path, and liberation is the Fruit.
What is in reality worth doing (is) Niyama, and that is belief,
knowledge, and conduct. In order to avoid deflection the word Sara has
been particularly affixed to it.
4. Niyama (is) the way to
liberation; its fruit is supreme Nirvana. Each of these, is again
5. Belief in the Perfect Souls, the Scriptures and the Principles is
Right Belief. He who is free from all defects and is possessed of all
(pure) attributes is the supreme source.
6. (The defect are)
hunger, fear, anger, attachment, delusion, anxiety, old age, disease,
death, perspiration, fatigue, pride, indulgence, surprise, sleep, birth,
7. One free from all defects and possessed of
sublime grandeur such as Omniscience is called Parmâtmâ (the Highest
Soul) or the Perfect One. One who is not such, (is) not Parmatma .
Words proceeding from his mouth, pure and free from the flaw of
inconsistency are called Âgama (Scripture.) In that Âgama the principles
(Tattvartha) are enunciated.