546. The omni scent Jinendra deva has named the thought actions which identify souls and which are caused by the fruition (subsidence-destruction, destruction, subsidence) of karmas such as the Deluding karma-as the Attributes (Guna) or states of attributes (Gunas/stages of spiritual development). In other words the stages, categories or roles of souls, expressed in respect of Righteousness etc. are called “Gunasthanes” (states of spiritual development).
547-548 Wrong belief, Downfall, Mixed, vowless Rightbelief, (Avirat sainyagdristi), Partial vows (Desa-virat), imperfect vows (Apramattvirat), New thought activity (Apurva-karana), Advanced thought activity (Anivrittikarma) slightest delusion (sukshma-saniparaya), subsided delusion (upashanta-moha); delusionless (Kshina-moha), vibrating perfect soul (Ayoga-kevali) these are fourteen jiva samas or Gunathanas (stages of spiritual developments). The liberated souls are unconcerned with (or over and above) stages of spiritual development (Guna-sthanatita).
549. Wrong belief consists of the absence of faith in elements (tattva). This is of three kinds;
2. Acquired from external sources (Abhigrahita) and
3. An intuitional (Nisargaja/independent of the precept by others).
550. The stage named Downfall denotes that middle stage an (impure) soul, that has fallen down from the summit of mount named the jewel of Righteousness and is facing wrong belief; yet inspite of the destruction of Righteousness that has not actually entered into the (region of) thought nature of wrong belief.
551. The mixed thought nature of Righteousness (Sainykatva) and wrong faith (Methyatva) j that can not be separated and is like the taste of curd and Raw sugar is called mixed stage of spiritual development (Misra-Gunasthan).
552. The layman (sravak) who is neither avowedly indifferent towards sense subjects (indriya-visaya) nor that towards non injury (Himsa) of one sensed and moe than one sensed beings but who believes in the metaphysics propounded by Shri Jinendra deva, is said to be belonging to the stage (category) of vowless-Right belief (Avirat samyagdristi).
553. The layman (Sravak) who is avowedly indifferent towards the non-injury of more than one sensed beings but not so indifferent towards the non injury of one sensed sthavar beings (vegetation, water, land, fire, air); and who believes in lord Jinendra alone is said to be belonging to the stage of partially vowful (Desa-virat).
554. The sravak (layman) who has adopted full vows (mahavirata) and who is adjoined with the groos conduct (sakal-shila) but in whom, express and implied carelessness still persist is said to be belonging to the stage (category) of imperfect vows (Pramatta-samyat Gunasthan). His observance of vows is somewhat erroneous.
555. The saint who has completely eliminated/eradicated his express and implied carelessnesses; who is not only learned (wise) but also adorned with the garland of vows attributes and rules of ethical conduct and who inspite of all these (achievements) neither gets his deluded karma subsided nor destroyed yet who keeps (or continues to keep) himself absorbed in self meditation is said to belong to the stage (category) of perfect vows (Apramatta-samyat Gunasthan).
556. In the eight stage of spiritual development the soul (of the saint) experiences at different times such new thought activities, which he had not yet experienced. This is why this Gunasthan (Apurva-karana) has been so named.
557. The sun that dispels the darkness of ignorance (Jnan-surya) i.e. Shri Jinendra deva has described saints belonging to the stage (category) of new thought activity as those who are prepared to cause subsidence of destruction of the deluding karma. (Though the subsidence or destruction of deluding karma occurs in the ninth and tenth stages yet the preparation, therefore, is beign in eight stage).
558. The souls (saints) who experiences one and the same thought activity constantly like those of saints belonging to the eighth stage) are classfied as those belonging to advanced thought activity (Anvritti karma Gunasthan). Such souls consume the forest of karmas with more purified flames of the fire of meditation.
559. The saints, whose all passions are distroyed or have been subsided except very slight (nominal) attahcment like the light saffron colour of (kusumgha) should be recognized as saints with very slight attachment or very slight passions (sukshma saraga or sukshma-kasaya-Gunasthan).
560. The saints whose delusions has been completely subsided and whose souls can be compared to a tank, in the autumn with its water transparent on account of the dust having set in; or that can be compared to a water mixed with alum are said to be those of subsided delusion (upashant-Moha Gunnasthan).
561. The saints whose minds are fully purified like clean water kept in the utensil made of crystal (spatika-mani/quartz/lensglass), because of total annihilation (destruction of delusion have been designated by the dispassionate Shri Jinendra deva, as passionless (kshina-kasaya-Gunasthan).
562-563 The saints, whose darkness of ignorance has been totally annihilated by the rays of the sun of perfect knowledge and who has earned the little of paramatm (pure and perfect soul) on account of the appearance of nine attainments in his soul (i.e. attainments of
1. Perfect Right belief (Sainyaktva),
2. Infinite knowledge (Anant-jnana),
3. Infinite conation (Anant Darshan),
4. Infinite bless (Anant sukha),
5. Infinite prowess (Anant virya),
6. Destructive or purified charity (Khayika-dan),
7. Destructive or purified gain (Kshayika-labha),
8. Destructive or purified enjoyment (Kshyika-bhog) and
9. Destructive or purified re-enjoyment (Kshayika-upabhog) are called ‘kevalis” (omniscient), due to there inherent attributes of (perfect) knowledge and perception which is quite independent of senses. They are also called vibrating pure and perfect souls (sayoga-kevalis) due to the continuance of their bodies; and they are called ‘Jinas’ due to their victory over (four) destructive karmas (named) knowledge obscuring obstructure-karmas). This has been so stated in ever lasting jain scriptrures (Jinagam).
564. Ayog-kevalis (vibrationless perfect souls) are such saints, as are masters of conduct (sila ke swami); whose fresh inflow of karmas has been stopped and whose past accumulated karmas have been fully destroyed.
565. Having reached the fourteenth stage of the vibrationless pure and perfect soul (Ayoga-kevali Gunasthan), the soul becomes bodiless is associated with eight supreme attributes; and goes to the summit of the universe. Such souls are called “Siddhas”.
566. “Siddhas” (pure and perfect souls are free of eight karmas, blissful (sukh-maya), spotless (Niraijan/untainted), Eternal (Nitya) and full of eight attributes. Having attained their aims, they permanently dwell on the summit of the universe.