Bhagavati-sutra (Viyaha-pannatti)

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...

Introduction to book 5

Couplet:

City of Campā (where the dialogue took place)
Topics for discussion are—the sun, the wind,
Knots that make a net (this is for analogy),
Sound, monks, life-span, throb of matter,
Monk Nirgranthiputra, Rājagṛha, the moon,
Campā—such are the contents
Of ten chapters in Book Five.

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