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  • Dr. C. Devakumar
    REASONS BEHIND RENOUNCING DINING AT NIGHT Jai Jinendra Strictly speaking, renouncing dining at night is a must for pratimadharis who have taken vows for the
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 29, 2006
      Jai Jinendra
      Strictly speaking, renouncing dining at night is a must for pratimadharis who have taken vows for the sixth pratima and above. Please see below for the details:
      The eleven pratimas are: 1) samyagdrsti (right attitude). 2) vrata (practice of vows). 3) samayika (equanimity which helps in the practice of vows. 4) prosadha (fasting on certain days of the month), 5) sacitta-tyaga (giving up certain types of food like roots etc ). 6) ratribhojana-tya ga (giving up eating at night).  7) bramacarya (celibacy), 8) arambha tyaga (giving certain types of occupations like agriculture involving injury to living beings.), 9 ) partgraha-tydgas (giving up all  possessions except clothes), 10) anumati-tyaga (non-participation in the household responsibilities), and ll) uddista-tyaga. in this stage the sravaka accepts only the minimum of cloth like the loin cloth (kaupina). (T. G. Kalghati Jaina  View  of  Life Jivaraja Jaina Granthmala, no. 20).
      In Tatvartha Sutra, this vow is mentioned as one of the five bhavana of the first vow namely Ahimsa.(please refer to Tatvartha Sutra 7:4. Control of speech and thought, regulation of movement, care in handling things and taking food and drinks in daylight are these five.
      One may argue that we have proper lighting facilities and so there is no need to worry about this vowl. In Rajavarthik Acharya Shri Akalanka discusses this issue. Even lighting is a case of arambha dosh. Himsa accrues out of samrambha, samarambha and arambha ways. Even though science is yet to reach hat stage of knowledge, there should be many microbes which proliferate in dark and perhaps in astronomical numbers. Just by adjusting the timing, you benefit from this ahimsa. Also remember, the other four bhavanas are as important as this one. For those who practise this vow, it should act as a good reminder of their responsibility towards other four as well in addition to the basic and more fundamental vow of Ahimsa. One who observes this bhavana or vow virtually observes fast for 6 months in a year. If he or she adds some  more vows at least on some days in a month, he or she is an ascetic for such periods at night! That way, your effort for liberation grows. And believeme,   it is true as I have experienced.
      Dining at night is strictly forbidden for ascetics and the pratimadharis in sixth and higher stages. By ensuring the renouncement of dinner at night, you synchronise your food habits with the above tow categories. Having a foodstyle quite different from them would create non-synchrony logistics. As all of might know, ascetics are not supposed to take food cooked specifically for them lest they would become party to arambha dosh that goes with cooking etc. (Unfortunately, many (Digamber) Munis have diluted this important criterion. In fact many of them move alone. These must be strongly condemned. The society our of ignorance treats them with due respect.).
      After careful thought, Jains in the past as a whole community adapted this vow as one of the symbols of identity and this practice is even now continued.
      Let me conclude this message with a reference to one penned Shri Vijay Mehta a few years back.
      With regards
      Michcha Mi dukkadam
      From:  "Vijay Mehta" <vmc_vijay@h...>
      Date:  Sat Sep 6, 2003  9:16 pm
      Subject:  Re: [JainList] Jain vegan lifestyle vs. traditional Jain lifestyle
      Jai Jinendra,
      Eating after sunset is said to be first door to Narak. The reason for not eating after sunset cannot be so simple like absence of electricity or living habits.
      There are insects which take birth/ flies after sunset. When you speak of electricity it is more important not to eat in presence of electric light after sunset. Needless to say that insects are more around electric bulbs and tube lights.  Who takes care if they fall in the food?
      Secondly, there are "sukshma" jivas which cannot be seen through our bare eyes which gets into the food. Andhkar - Darkness provides environment for the birth of such jivas.
      Eating at night is compared with eating meat and drinking water is compared with drinking blood.
      Those who want to say that their life style - working timings have changed; I ask one simple question...
      Do they eat before sunset when they are at home, say on holiday??.  Don't try to justify the thing which is not right. Instead if one is seriously unable to give up eating after sunset and he is compelled to eat after sunset, he will do so with his heart crying.
      Vijay Mehta
      Ayush jain <jain_ayush85@...> wrote:
      Can Any body tell me the scientific reason for not eating food(or anaaj) post sunset by jainism followers?

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