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Nakedness is a virtue of not only Jainism but in almost every religion of the world. Nakedness is the glowing example of socialism and APRIGRAH (Possession less) of a very high order. Naked Jain saints present an example of socialism and aprigrahvad denouncing the love and possession of worldly wealth and essentials of very high order by discarding gold, silver, money other valuables and even this necessary to protect his body. Not to cover the body with cloths, leather, bark leaves or any other thing and to live naked without any possession and fashion or adornment is known in the word as a worship able virtue by the name of Achailktav.  AchailKtav means Nirgranth or Digamber.  Digamber means whose clothe all are all direction (East, west, north, south, earth & sky) only. Here word Digamber is only symbolic other wise one does not become Digamber only by being naked. When one is very soft and calm in nature by heart and thoughts as well as in behavior towards others then it is called Digamber.  


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Its other name is Nirgranth. Nirgranth means one who has no room or link for wrath, pride, wickedness, greed, sexual thoughts, greed sexual thoughts, bad customs etc. in his inner self and cloths, wealth, wife, son, money and other things of comfort for his body worldly attachments.The importance of uncommon, of very high order, simple, natural, innocence, nirgranth form and omnipresence as character of Jainandra Bhagwan (Conqueror of desires) is recognized in all religions and every cycle of time in one form or the other. Lord Buddha himself says that first he lived naked, Nirgranth, roamed indefinite, ate his meals in his palms, He did hard meditations (Tapasya). These statements prove that Buddha himself was a Nirgranth, but later on he left the Digamber path (sharaman marg) due to its recourse and he adopted middle path. (Ref. from Tripitk)
 It is stated in the story of (TISHAKH VASHAR DHMM PADTH) that in the house of a wealthy man five hundred jain saints took their food. It appears from Mahavagg that jain saints is used to visit Vaishali Kingdom, reference of Digamber saints is found in Mahapari Nirvana Sutra and also about their movements in Vinay Patak. Oldest scripture RIGVEDA of Vedic Literature refers naked saints by the word 'VATRASHNA'. Another authentic holy scripture of vedic religion 'YAJURVED' says that Bhagwan Mahavira was naked and his worshipers removed darkness of doubt, uncertainty and  false knowledge, and also finished the pride of wealth and body etc. 

 

Sharman  (Nirgranth Saints) are expert par excellence in the knowledge of Soul. Muni are naked having (Peechee) bunch of Peacock feathers and practicing Mahavrat (observance of extreme degree of Ahimsa, truth, non stealing, celibacy, aprigrah). Jagat guru Shankracharya has written in 'Vive Chudamani' that saint who keeps only all the directions as his clothes are, he lives Digamber  he in his exalted state by becoming absolutely free from worries is capable to enjoy the pleasure of knowing the soul. 

It is written in RamKrishan Katha Amrit that RamKrishan attained the state of highest Virtue. On awaking from sleep his follower say it is day break. RamKrishan is naked like a child and there is not a single thread on his body Swamiji said to his follower Ashwani Kumar Dutt. "When I forget all physical attachments then clothes are also off." 
This proves that Nirgranth form is favorable and beneficial sign-Nakedness is the original form, to cover the body with clothes is to hide the evil instinct. When man is born he is naked, in childhood he remains mostly naked, people are pleased by seeing him so child never feels shy over his nakedness. 
Nirgranth muni due to being simple and devoid of sexual desires needs no clothes. Due to their unshaken belief that body is the main cause of all evils and is different from soul, so they do not love their body and therefore they do not wear clothes to protect it. They are far off from attachment love, sexual desires and physical beauty so do not adorn cloths. They think when we took birth naked and will go naked after death then where is the necessity to adorn cloths and perform evil acts in between the two. Nirgranth Muni due to discarding internal as well as external attachments discard cloths also. Therefore all of us see with reverence those who are actual image of Ahimsa, truth, celibacy (brahmchary) and Aprigrah. we must not hate or criticize by seeing them.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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