Understanding Karma

Understanding Karma

“All beings with two, three, four, or five senses…. in fact all creation, know individually pleasure and displeasure, pain, terror, and sorrow.
All are full of fears which come from all directions. And yet there exist people who would cause greater pain to them…
Some kill animals for sacrifice, some for their skin, flesh, blood, … feathers, teeth, or tusks; … some kill them intentionally and some unintentionally; some kill because they have been previously injured by them, … and some because they expect to be injured.
He who harms animals has not understood or renounced deeds of sin…
He who understands the nature of sin against animals is called a true sage who understands karma… ”
(Acaranga Sutra, Jainism – Prayer n°3943)

A few hours ago I went back to take a few pictures of those huge Jain thirthankaras (saints) rockcut statues on the way to Gwalior Fort.
This is a close-up of the hand of one of the 24 statues which are standing there since the seventh century a.d..
It belongs to the tallest (about 20 meters) and it is overlooking the city of Gwalior which is located the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

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