The creatures attain only a
temporary residence (in one of the four states of being);
hearing this supreme truth (i.e. the doctrine of the
Tirthakara's) one should meditate upon it. The wise man should
free himself from the family bonds; fearless should he give up
acts and attachments.
A mendicant, living thus, self-controlled towards the eternal
(world of living beings), the matchless sage, who collects his
alms, is insulted with words by the people assailing him, like
an elephant in battle with arrows.
Despised by such-like people, the wise man, with undisturbed
mind, sustains their words and blows, as a rock is not shaken by
Disregarding (all calamities) he lives together with clever
(monks, insensible) to pain and pleasure, not hurting the
movable and immovable (beings), not killing, bearing all: so is
described the great sage, a good Sramana.
As the lustre of a burning flame increases, so increase the
austerity, wisdom, and glory of a steadfast sage who, with
vanquished desires, meditates on the supreme place of virtue,
though suffering pain.
The great vows which are called the place of peace, the great
teachers, and the producers of disinterestedness have, in all
quarters of the earth, been proclaimed by the infinite Gina, the
knowing one, as light, illumining the three worlds, (repels)
The unbound one, living amongst the bound (i.e. householders),
should lead the life of a mendicant; unattached to women, he
should speak with reverence. Not desiring this or the next
world, the learned one is not measured by the qualities of love.
The dirt (of sins) formerly committed by a thus liberated
mendicant who walks in wisdom (and restraint), who is constant,
and bears pain, vanishes as the dirt covering silver (is
removed) by fire.
He lives, forsooth, in accordance with wisdom (and restraint),
and walks free from desire, and with conquered sensuality. As a
snake casts off its old skin, so is the Brahmana freed from the
bed of pain.
As they call the great ocean a boundless flood of water,
difficult to traverse with the arms (alone), so should the
learned one know (and renounce) it (the samsara): that sage is
called 'Maker of the end.'
Here amongst men bondage and deliverance have been declared; he
who, according to that doctrine (of the church), knows bondage
and deliverance: that sage is called 'Maker of the end.'
He for whom there is no bondage whatever in this world, and
besides in the two (other continents, or heaven and hell), is
indeed a (monk needing) no support and no standing place; he has
quitted the path of births.
End of the Sixteenth Lecture, called the Liberation.
End of the Second Book.
End of the Akaranga Sutra.