Bliss ~ The Culmination of Detachment

Bliss ~ Read this book to understand the facets of possessiveness. The subtle difference between needs and desires, hoarding and utilizing, possessions and possessiveness is highlighted. By knowing this, one can move towards contentment and maximizing the resources in life. A Translation of Upadhyaya Amar Muni’s ‘Aparigraha Darshan’ into English by Pratibha Jain.



Bliss by non-possiveness or aparigraha


Title: Bliss | ISBN 978 8190425360 | Rs. 200 | Hindi Author: Upadhyaya Amar Muni | English Translator: Pratibha Jain | Publishers: Sugal & Damani, Veerayatan | Price: 299 | First Print Sep 2012


Over centuries, the great seers have stated that one of the severest weaknesses of human kind is our attachment whether be it through word, speech or action. When man considers himself proud of possessing a lot of material things or possessor of immense wisdom and profound thoughts, to all of which he is immensely attached, he entirely forgets that he came into this world with nothing and while departing, he can carry with him nothing. What do we really own during our sojourn in life? It is only true that we have access to the use of a few small things of which we really own nothing.
These lectures of Muniji have Aparigraha – Non-Possession. Aparigraha is one of the rare instances where by giving up everything, one get almost everything for what one most desires – perfect BLISS.

Page of Contents

1 What is Possessiveness?
2 Individual & Society
3 The Path to Spiritual Enhancement
4 The Flame of Avarice
5 Non-Possessiveness & Charity
6 Attachment is Bondage, Detachment Liberation
7 Life of an Aspirant
8 Conflict Resolution
9 Religion in Everyday Life
10 The Canvas of Life is Larger than the Self
11 Non-Possessiveness – A Universal Framework

Read an Excerpt

Just as a ship cannot sail without water, human beings cannot live without a certain amount of wealth and luxuries. As countless drops of water float beneath the ship, causing it no harm, so also those who stay afloat their possessions sail smoothly through life. All the wealth in the world may lie at a person’s feet, but if his mind is free of desires, then he is free of fear and danger. Even a whirlpool of wealth cannot stop his spiritual journey. But just as a little water entering the ship can cause it to sink, so also a few waves of attachment can rock the boat of life. Money and wealth are not possessiveness or sin, but can be the medium for possessiveness and sin.
Truly, attachment is possessiveness, attachment is sin and attachment is the cause of this worldly sojourn. This attachment towards wealth, material, country, political leanings, communal views, or even towards one’s disciples is nothing but sheer burden – a dead weight that can cause a ship to sink.
The pursuit of detachment is the pursuit of non-possessiveness. The foremost condition on the path of non-possessiveness is not the relinquishing of wealth and objects, but of attachment. Only he who can overcome his desires and ambitions can tread the path of non-possessiveness. If two sets of clothing are enough for a year, then an accumulation of many more clothes stemming from a yearning for design and colour is not justified. It is considered possessiveness. Clothes, utensils and other objects are essential for living. But one must be vigilant not to cross the boundary of necessity. Some of you have so many possessions that they rust in your trunks, yet others die of hunger and cold. Some of you overeat and suffer from indigestion and related diseases, while many others die of hunger and scarcity. A non-possessive person is aware of this disparity. He never does anything, which causes differences and conflicts within family, state or country

Translator's Note

From the translator’s desk…

It is always a challenge to capture the essence of a saint’s thoughts in another language. Even more so, when they are in the form of discourses spread over a vast canvas of different times, locations and contexts. However, the constant dwelling upon his magnificent thoughts during the process of translation was a heart-warming reward indeed.
I am indeed grateful to Shri Sugalchand Jain for giving me this blessed opportunity of translating the words of one of the greatest saints of the Jaina religion, Upādhyāya Amar Muniji. The original Hindi text “Aparigraha Darśana” is a compilation of his discourses. Some of these chapters are in the form of complete lectures while others are select excerpts. I am indebted to Sugalchandji for his broad minded approach towards this project. During our discussions, we decided not to translate ‘as it is’, but creatively evolve the English version into a concise compilation that would invite wider readership. Therefore, even though more than twenty chapters of different sizes have been rearranged and merged into eleven chapters, great care has been taken to retain the authenticity of the original Hindi text. Overlapping of ideas and thoughts, however, cannot be avoided in a work that has evolved from and represents the spoken word.
My profound thanks to Jigyasa Giri for her consistent and creative linguistic inputs, and to Shri Dulichand Jain, Sangeetha Surana and Probal Ray Choudhury, for their active involvement and help at various stages.
I hope that the Great Saint’s message has been preserved in its pristine purity while I applied my humble understanding into his enchanting words.
Dr. Pratibha Jain
April 26, 2006


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