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...

Part 2 - On heretical views

Q. 85. Bhante! Heretics thus say,...till establish that all prāṇas, all bhūtas, all jīvas and all sattvas undergo suffering as per their acquired karma called evaṃbhūta. Bhante! How is it so?

A. 85. Gautama! What the heretics say...till establish is incorrect. Gautama! What I ordain,...till establish is that some prāṇas, some bhūtas, some jīvas and some sattvas undergo suffering as per their acquired karma, and some other prāṇas, bhūtas, jīvas, and sattvas undergo suffering not as per their acquired karma.

Q. 86. What is the reason for saying so?

A. 86. Gautama! Those prāṇas, bhūtas, jīvas and sattvas who undergo suffering as per their acquired karma experience suffering called evaṃbhūta; but those prāṇas, bhūtas, jīvas and sattvas who experience suffering not as per their acquired karma experience suffering called anevaṃbhūta. It is for this so.

Q. 87. Bhante! Do infernal beings experience suffering called evaṃbhūta or suffering called anevaṃbhūta?

A. 87. Gautama! Even among the infernals, some experience suffering called evaṃbhūta and others experience suffering called anevaṃbhūta.

A. 88. Gautama! When the infernals undergo suffering as per their acquired karma, they experience suffering called evaṃbhūta; but when the internals undergo suffering ntJt as per their acquired karma, they experience, suffering called anevaṃbhūta. It is for this so,...till the Vaimānikas, all beings in the universe being included,

Notes (based on commentary of Abhayadeva Sūri):

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