Conception of Acarya:
and Siddha are the gods of gods, i.e.,God The acaryas are said to be the
leader of dharma (religion).
(Read with reference to the illustration)
The duty of the acharya is to preach the religion of right faith, right
knowledge, and right conduct to the four-fold religio-social organisation
comprising of sadhu (monk), sadhvi (nun), sravaka (layman)
and sravika (lay-woman). He is also supposed to ensure that he
and his organisation follows the prescribed norms of good conduct, restraints,
rules and discipline.
Like the peg in the barn around which the
ox moves, the acarya is the axis around which the religious organisation
moves. The acarya is the captain and navigator of the ship of religious
religious life of an acarya is supposed to have the following thirty six
(1-5) Discipline of the five physical senses, (6-14) observation of celibacy
with nine guptis (restraints),
(15-18) routing of the four passions like anger, etc., (19-23) complete
observation of the five great vows like ahimsa, etc.
(24-28) pursuance of the five conducts like jnanacara, (knowledge),
(29-33) observation of the five rules of vigilance like irya samiti
(vigilance of movement),
(34-36) observation of three guptis (restraints) like manogupti
or restraint of thought, etc.
these, an acarya has many more qualities like adaptability, impressive
oration, hold over the Jain organisation, etc.
As we meditate over 'Namo ayariyanam'
we get determination for good conduct and inner strength for following
lofty ideals. Concentrating over this line gives rise to pious feelings,
purifies attitudes, and disciplines intense passions. The colour attributed
to this line is golden yellow.