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. 64. Bhante! In what language do gods speak? What is the special language spoken by them?
A. 64. Gautama! Gods speak in Ardha-Māgadhi. Being spoken by them, Ardha-Māgadhi language has acquired a special status16.
Notes (based on commentary of Abhayadeva Sūri):
16. The language spoken in Magadha was Māgadhī. With an admixture of Prakṛt, it became Ardha-Māgadhī or half-Māgadhī. At that time, six languages spoken were Prakṛt [Prakrit], Saṃskṛta [Sanskrit], Māgadhī, Paiśācī, Śaurasenī and Apavraṃśa [Apabhraṃśa].