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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Specimen of the [Dogmatic] Jain Literature
Indian Literature
 
The Five Vows [of the Jain Ascetic]

From the ‘Ācūrūnga-Sūtra’: Translation of Hermann Jacobi

(1) I RENOUNCE all killing of living beings, whether small or great, whether movable or immovable. I will neither myself kill living beings nor cause others to do so, nor consent to it. As long as I live I confess and blame, repent and exempt myself of these sins in the thrice threefold way: in mind, speech, and body. (2) I renounce all vices of lying speech arising from anger or greed or fear or mirth. I confess [etc., as in the first vow]. (3) I renounce all taking of everything not given, either in a village, a town, or a wood, either of little or much, or small or great, of living or lifeless things. I shall neither myself take what is not given nor cause others to take it, nor consent to their taking it. As long as I live I confess [etc., as in the first vow]. (4) I renounce all sexual pleasures, either with gods, men, or animals. I shall not myself give way to sensuality, nor cause others [etc., as above]. (5) I renounce all attachments, whether little or much, small or great, living or lifeless. I will neither myself form such attachments, nor cause others to do so, nor consent to their doing so [etc.].  1
 
 
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