by K. C. Lalwani | 1973 | 185,989 words
The English translation of the Bhagavati-sutra which is the fifth Jaina Agama (canonical literature). It is a large encyclopedic work in the form of a dialogue where Mahavira replies to various question. The present form of the Sutra dates to the fifth century A.D. Abhayadeva Suri wrote a vritti (commentary) on the Bhagavati in A.D. 1071. In his J...
Q. 47. Bhante! Heretics so say, maintain, declare and establish that outside the city of Rājagṛha, at the foot of the Vaibhāra hill, there is a large reservoir of water, whose dimensions (length and breadth) extend over many yojanas, whose other extreme is covered with many trees, and is exceedingly charming,...till pleasing to the visitors’ eyes; that many big clouds are formed in it, they give shower to it and mix with it; that when the reservoir is full to the brim, there is a steady outflow of hot water from it.
Bhante! How is it so?
A. 47. Gautama! What the heretics say,...till establish is incorrect. Repeat all (as said by Gautama). Now, Gautama, I say, ordain, declare and establish that outside the city of Rājagṛha, in the proximity of the Vaibhāra hill, there is a spring named Mahātapopatīra-prabhava30 which is 500 dhanuṣas square (i.e., on each side), and whose other extreme is decorated with many species of trees, which is beautiful, delightful, worth-seeing, graceful and pleasing to the eyes of all visitors. Souls capable of living in hot region and matter together take shape (therein) as water-bodies, and they also die there, and undergo transformation and assimilation (there). When it is full, there is a steady outflow of water from it. That is a spring named Mahātapopatira-prabhava, and that is the implication (full story) of this spring named Mahātapopatīra-prabhava.
Bhante! So it is. Glory be to the Lord! So saying Gautama paid homage and obeisance to the Lord and withdrew to his seat.
Chapter five ends.
Notes (based on commentary of Abhayadeva Sūri):
30. Etymologically, the name should mean mahātapa+upatīra+prabhava, i.e., one which is born near a hot region.