Svayambuddha, Svayaṃbuddha: 1 definition

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Source: archive.org: Trisastisalakapurusacaritra

Svayambuddha (स्वयम्बुद्ध) is the name of one of the ministers of Mahābala (one of Ṛṣabha’s previous incarnations), according to chapter 1.1 [ādīśvara-caritra] of Hemacandra’s 11th century Triṣaṣṭiśalākāpuruṣacaritra (“lives of the 63 illustrious persons”): a Sanskrit epic poem narrating the history and legends of sixty-three important persons in Jainism.—Accordingly, “[...] One day, [Mahābala] occupied his assembly-hall which was adorned by many ministers and vassals as if by additional jeweled pillars. All the councilors sat down in their proper places after bowing to him and, with their eyes fixed on him, had the appearance of Yogis. The ministers Svayambuddha, Sambhinnamati, Śatamati, Mahāmati were present there. [...]”.

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Jainism is an Indian religion of Dharma whose doctrine revolves around harmlessness (ahimsa) towards every living being. The two major branches (Digambara and Svetambara) of Jainism stimulate self-control (or, shramana, ‘self-reliance’) and spiritual development through a path of peace for the soul to progess to the ultimate goal.

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