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A collection of sayings and quotes by Mahavira on abuse, enslave, truth, morality, torment, injury, Jains, nirvana, ahimsa, Jainism, ethics, tolerance, non-violence and happiness.

22 Thought-Provoking Quotes By Mahavira For Inner Peace & Balanced Life

Quick Facts

Famous As
Last tirthankara of Jainism

Born On
599 BC

Died On
527 BC

Born In
Vaishali

Died At Age
72

Vardhamana, more famous as the Mahavira, was the twenty-fourth Jain Tirthankara. He was one of the principle figures of Jainism and a great philosopher. He was born into a royal family, but royalty and the luxurious life did not please him. He was in constant search for inner peace and spirituality so one fine day he left his home and materialistic possessions in search of spiritual awakening. Mahivira sought answers to questions that the religious practices and the gurus could not answer. He led a life of an ascetic and for more than twelve years he practiced rigorous penance and profound austerity. It is believed that after surviving through all the physical hardships he attained Kevala Jnana (omniscience). Thereafter, he preached for more than thirty years. His teachings included observing ahimsa (non-violence), asteya (non-stealing), aparigraha (non-attachment), satya (truth) and brahmacharya (chastity). His teachings are known as ‘Jain Agamas’ and were anthologized by his chief disciple Gautama Swami. Let us look at what we can learn from his most famous, motivational and inspirational quotes and thoughts. Read through the simple, exhilarating and pragmatic quotes and thoughts by Mahavira that holds a world of wisdom.

Modes are infinite, and laws are infinite.

- Mahavira

All souls are equal and alike and have the similar nature and qualities.

- Mahavira

Soul is the central point of spiritual discipline.

- Mahavira

Eating constitutes the greatest obstacle to self-control; it gives rise to indolence.

- Mahavira

Don't accumulate if you do not need. The excess of wealth in your hands is for the society, and you are the trustee for the same.

- Mahavira

The nature of things is dharma.

- Mahavira

Start the practice of self-control with some penance; begin with fasting.

- Mahavira

All are my friends. I have no enemies.

- Mahavira

One who neglects or disregards the existence of earth, air, fire, water and vegetation disregards his own existence which is entwined with them.

- Mahavira

The most important principle of environment is that you are not the only element.

- Mahavira

If you want to cultivate a habit, do it without any reservation, till it is firmly established. Until it is so confirmed, until it becomes a part of your character, let there be no exception, no relaxation of effort.

- Mahavira

Do not deprive someone of his livelihood. This is a sinful tendency.

- Mahavira

Anger begets more anger, and forgiveness and love lead to more forgiveness and love.

- Mahavira

By sincerity, a man gains physical, mental and linguistic straightforwardness, and harmonious tendency; that is, congruence of speech and action.

- Mahavira

Live and allow others to live; hurt no one; life is dear to all living beings.

- Mahavira

A man is seated on top of a tree in the midst of a burning forest. He sees all living beings perish. But he doesn’t realize that the same fate is soon to overtake him also. That man is fool.

- Mahavira

All breathing, existing, living, sentient creatures should not be slain, nor treated with violence, nor abused, nor tormented, nor driven away.

- Jaina Sutra: Acharanga and Kalpa Sutra, Mahavira

In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, we should regard all creatures as we regard our own self.

- Mahavira

Kill not, cause no pain. Nonviolence is the greatest religion.

- Mahavira

Do not injure, abuse, oppress, enslave, insult, torment, torture, or kill any creature or living being.

- Mahavira

Attachment and aversion are the root cause of karma, and karma originates from infatuation. Karma is the root cause of birth and death, and these are said to be the source of misery. None can escape the effect of their own past karma.

- Mahavira

If one undertakes retrospection of the day's events, one must do it regularly at the appointed hour, not fitfully, not doing it today, neglecting to do it tomorrow and the day after and then taking it up again on the fourth day. Such irregular practice is not conducive to the confirmation of the habit of retrospection.

- Mahavira