I have participated in the “Attmasiddhishastra Pratiyogita” organized on the auspicious occasion of the 125th manifest year of Shri Attmasiddihishastra by Paramkrupaludev Shrimad Rajchandraji and for that I have read and meditated on this Shastra and Answered the questions. I guarantee that no one has directly copied or written the answers prepared by anyone. I have written these answers as a self-witness. Whatever the outcome of this contest, I agree. *
Question:1 Fill in the blanks (ખાલી જગ્યા પૂરો ) Marks 10
(1) Kar ______________ to paam. OR If you _____________________, you will realize it
(2) Atmadi ________________, jeh nirupak shastraOR The scriptures dealing with __________________ of the soul is the recourse in absence of Guru
(3) Athva prerak te ganye, _______________ dosh prabhav OR If __________________ is conceived as inspirer, he would be subject to impurity
(4) Atma sat chaitanyamay, ___________ rahit OR Everlasting conscious soul, devoid of _____________ is the path
(5) ________ je kalpana, te nahi sadvyavaharOR __________ concepts are not the right practice
(6) Pachhi shubhashubh karmana, _____________ nahi koy OR Without God, no place to bear the ___________________ of good and bad deeds
(7) Pamey sthanak ___________, ema nahi sandehOR Contemplating over the earlier stages, and acting accordingly, he would surely attain the ______________ stage.
(8) Bhaavkarma nij kalpana, matey_______________ OR Thoughtful reflection (Bhav Karma) originates in the soul and hence it is _____________
(9) Atma _____________ nitya chhe OR As a ________________, the soul is eternal
(10) Panche uttarthi thayu, __________ sarvang OR The first five replies have entirely ________________my doubts
(11) Uday thay ______________, vitrag pada vaasOR With the advent of the right__________________, one stays in the totally detached state
(12) Atma sada asangne, karey ______________ bandh OR The soul is always unbound and _____________________ creates bondage
(13) Ashubh karey narakadi fal, ___________ na kyay OR Good deeds result in heaven and bad deeds result in hell, thus nowhere be __________________
(14) Mool hetu e margno, samje koi _____________ OR Only a __________________ can understand the original intent of the path
(15) Abadhya anubhav je rahey, te chhe ________OR Retained unobstructed experience is the essence of the______________________
(16) _______ na utpatti laya, kona anubhav vashya? OR On whose experience do emergence and extinction of __________________________ rest?
(17) Shu samje ______________ ke, fal parinami hoy? OR How can the ______________________ understand the consequential result?
(18) ___________ vaat chhe shishya aa, kahi sankshepe saav OR Disciple! this is rather ___________________ phenomenon and is said here very briefly
(19) E j dharmathi moksh chhe, tu chho________OR Only that religion leads to liberation and you are ____________
(20) Te padni sarvangta, ________________ nirdharOR The totality of six Fundamentals constitutes the sure path to ______________________
Question:2 True or False ( સાચું કે ખોટું?) Marks 10
(1) Bondage and liberation is just an illusion.
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(2) Supreme intelligence in a largebody andless intelligence in a thin body (with reference to Atmasiddhi Shastra)
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(3) Dry intellectualists (shushkjnani) and lifeless ritual lists (kriyajad) are not considered assectarians (matarthis).
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(4) Soul is not indestructible,it is destroyed on separation from the body.
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(5) What can I offer at Your feet, O Lord! The soul is trivial compared to everything.
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(6) It is necessary to consider God as the giver of fruits.
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(7) The absolute point of view (nishchay naya) and relative point of view (vyavahar naya) both are needed together in the path of liberation.
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(8) Atmasiddhi Shastra talks about the passion of greed.
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(9) Time (kaal) is not mentioned in Atmasiddhi Shastra
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(10) Substances are momentary and change every moment,thus the soul too is only momentary.
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(11) The scriptures dealing with existence of soul etc. are a helpful support to worldly souls when they do not have the association of a living Sadguru.
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(12) One who does not ignore the instrumental cause in the name of the material cause will not remain in delusion.
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(13) Mighty enemies like deceit etc. get destroyed with slight efforts by taking refuge of a Sadguru.
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(14) Staying focused on conduct (vyavahar), practise the absolute means (nishchay sadhan).
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(15) Without any discrimination of caste and attire, the one who only knows the path prescribed by the Enlightened Ones, will attain liberation.
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(16) In the eyes of the Enlightened Ones, the path of supreme truth or liberation is the same in all times.
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(17) If an inquisitive aspirant (Jignasu) receives the preaching of the Sadguru, he can attain Self-realisation.
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(18) He, who verbally talks of knowledge and is internally detached, is not betraying the Enlightened One.
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(19) Someone, sometime experiences that consciousness arises from lifeless matter and inanimate matter is created from consciousness.
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(20) Shrimad Rajchandraji has woven the preachings of infinite Tirthankars as verses of Atmasiddhi Shastra.
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Question: 3 Find the correct answer ( સાચો જવાબ શોધો ) Marks 10
1. Which of these is not discussed in Atmasiddhi Shastra?
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2. As a resolution to the doubt regarding which Fundamental Truth, has the Sadguru elucidated the highest number of verses?
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3. Which of these does not apply to lifeless ritualist (Kriyajad)?
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4. Which of these does not apply to the soul? (as per the reply to the 3rdand 6th doubt)
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5. Who is the one doubting the existence of the soul?
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6. If the soul is aware, then what is it the doer of?
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7. Which of these is not part of the Six Fundamental Truths of the soul?
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8. Which of these were presented as a doer of karmas in the doubt regarding the 3rd Fundamental Truth?
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9. How does one attain Self-realisation?
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10. What is the result of restraining self-willed behaviour (swachhand)?
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11. Which characteristic was described by which to recognise the soul?
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12. In the 6th doubt, what thoughts does the disciple have?
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13.Characteristic(s) of a sectarian(matarthi)
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14.Characteristic(s) of the true nature of the Self
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15.Characteristic of atruth seeker (atmarthi)
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16.The reason for having spent infinite time in worldly existence
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17. How is the soul described in the1stdoubt?
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18. How is the state of the Enlightened One?
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19. How was the soul described in the 2nddoubt?
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20.Characteristic of the dry intellectualist (shushkjnani)
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Question: 4 Match the pairs, from rows and columns Marks 5
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Equanimity – forgiveness (samta-kshama)
Inner compassion (antar daya)
Servitude (dasatvabhaav)
Drowns in the ocean of transmigration (boode bhavjalmahi)
Unique speech (apurva vani)
External rituals (bahya kriya)
Searches for association of a Sadguru (shodhe Sadguruyog)
Contrary tothe Sadguru (Sadguru vimukh)
Forsakes the right practices(lope sadvyavaharne)
Contemplation – meditation (vichar – dhyan)
Truth seeker (atmarthi)
Remedy (aushadh)
Inquisitive (jignasu)
True Guru (Sadguru)
Lifeless ritualist (kriyajad)
Disciple (shishya)
Aspirant (mumukshu)
False guru (asadguru)
Dry intellectualist (shushkjnani)
Question: 5 Answer in one or two words ONLY ( એક-બે શબ્દોમાં જવાબ આપો ) Marks 10
1. One who understands appropriately and acts accordingly.
2. The soul and body appear to be the same.
3. Acceptable conduct is conduct which leads to what?
4. Uninterrupted experience of one’s absolute pure nature.
5. The reason for varying degrees of anger etc. In snakes etc.
6. What kind of effort is needed if one wishes to attain the supreme truth?
7. What kind of a person will not attain the inclination for soul awareness?
8. In how many verses is it said that soul and body are separate just like the sword and the sheath?
9. Detachment (vairagya) etc. is fruitful when it is accompanied with what?
10. Karma modifies according to its own nature and is eliminated after giving fruit. In that process who is not needed?
11. The arising of the right thought process (suvicharna) leads to an understanding of what?
12. Which is the main karma amongst the infinite types of karmas?
13. With the realisation of the true Self lying within (nij pada nijmahi lahyu), what was eliminated?
14. Who has knowledge of the subject matter of all five senses?
15. In the doubt expressed by the disciple, without whose existence does he say, there can be no order in the world?
16. On the eradication of what does one not remain the doer (karta) and receiver(bhokta) of karma?
17. Whose nature is not to inspire?
18. Which famous scholar called Atmasiddhi Shastra as the Gita of the Jains?
19. In which Ashram is the Shrimadji’s original handwritten Atmasiddhi Shastra preserved?
20. “True monkhood is where there is Self-realisation” (atmajnan tya munipanu).This verse of Atmasiddhi Shastra is authenticated by which Jain Canon (Agam)?
પ્રશ્નપત્ર વિભાગ ૨ Question: 6 State the Difference in 1 or 2 Lines of ANY FIVE( કોઈ પણ પાંચ નો તફાવત એક-બે લીટી માં દર્શાવો ) Marks 5
1. Lifeless ritual list (kriyajad) and dry intellectualist (shushkjnani)
2. Own-nature (aap swabhav) and doer of karmas(karma-prabhav)
3. State of Enlightenment (jnandasha ) and state of spiritual practice (sadhandasha)
4. Identification with body (dehadhyas) and state beyond the body (dehatit dasha)
5. State with karma (karmabhaav) and liberation (mokshbhaav)
6. Disease of the body (Deh rog) and disease of delusion (antar rog)
7. Path of bondage (bandhno panth) and path of liberation (mokshno panth)
8. Preaching (knowledge) and dispassion (vitragta)
Question: 7 Answer in 1 or 2 Lines (એક - બે લીટીમાં જ જવાબ આપો) Marks 16
1. Due to which two reasons has Shrimad Rajchandraji explained the path to liberation in Atmasiddhi Shastra?
2.Give the four characteristics of the sectarian’s (matarthi) miserable state.
3. The bondage of karma arising from anger etc. (krodhadi) can be destroyed by forgiveness etc. (kshamadi). What should be understood by both the ‘etc.’(adi)?
4. Why did Shrimad Rajchandraji feel such compassion to compose Atmasiddhi Shastra?
5. Explain the verse – “Sarva jiva chhe siddha sam - all souls are like Liberated Ones …”
6. Why is more importance given to living Sadguru (pratyaksh Sadguru) as compared to the obligations of the non-present omniscient Lords (paroksh Jin upkar)?
7. Why is it surprising that soul doubts the existence of itself?
8. Adream lasting a million years vanishes in a moment by awakening…” What is Shrimad Rajchandraji explaining through this?
9. What happens when the soul dissociates from the bodyetc. Associations completely and forever?
10. What is the reason for infinite suffering and how can it be eliminated?
11. What was the answer given by the Guru, when the disciple asks,“Which caste and dress lead to liberation (Kai jatima moksh chhe, kaya veshma moksh)?”
12. Which example is given to explain that there cannot be an effect without a cause?
13. What happened after the Sadguru said, “Conclusions of all the Enlightened Ones are covered herein.”
14. Which are the principal causes of the knots of karma?
15. What happens when one gives up his opinions and surrenders at the Feet of a Sadguru?
16.‘Atmasiddhi Shastra’ has been translated into which 7 languages?
Question: 8 Answer in 2 to 3 Lines as per your Own Understanding. (બે- ત્રણ લીટીમાં જ તમારી સમજ મુજબ જવાબ આપો) Marks 10
1. How did Shrimad Rajchandraji ask us to logically conclude that the soul is eternal?
2. Why have the characteristics of the sectarian (matarthi) and truthseeker (atmarthi) been described?
3. How has it been explained that the soul is the doer karmas?
4. How does a sectarian (matarthi) and a truth seeker (atmarthi) behave while in association with true Guru?
5.How does the disciple express his extreme respect towards the Guru?
Question: 9 Answer in 5 to 6 Lines ONLY. (પાંચ - છ લીટીમાં જ જવાબ આપો.) Marks 24
1.Explain the 3 stanzas related to self-willed behaviour (swachhand)
2. About the creation of Atmasiddhi Shastra, please provide the following :Indian lunar calendar date (Tithi), Western calendar date, day, time, place, duration of composition, number of verses, on whose request, reason, how many copies made and to whom the copies were given.
3. How is it explained through the Six Fundamental Truths that the soul itself is responsible for its worldly existence and liberation, and no one else?
4. Show why the emergence of right thinking (Suvicharna) is absolutely necessary in the path of liberation?
5. Explain the state of the Enlightened Oneon the basis of verses of Atmasiddhi Shastra.
6. Describe the feelings of the disciple after attaining Self-realisation.
7. What did you learn and gain by preparing for this exam on Atmasiddhi Shastra?
8. Explain in detail which verse of Atmasiddhi Shastra touched you the most and how it has been beneficial in your spiritual pursuit.
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