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 4 - Karma and its span

Q. 28. Bhante! How many have been stated to be the divisions of karma?

A. 28. Gautama! Karma divisions have been stated to be eight, which are, karma enshrouding knowledge, karma enshrouding vision,... till karma obstructing capacity to enjoy.

Q. 29. Bhante! How long is the bondage of karma enshrouding knowledge stated to exist?

A. 29. Gautama! Minimum less than 48-minutes (muhūrta), and maximum 30 koḍākoḍi sāgaropamas. Period of dormant state of this karma, called abādhā, is 30,000 years. Total span of existence of karma bondage minus the period of the dormant state of karma gives the period of karma niṣeka when karma has ceased to be dormant and has come up to make itself felt, in brief, period of karma experience. Karma enshrouding vision should be known to be similar to this. Karma enshrouding pleasure (vedanīya) has a minimum existence of two time-units, and its maximum is as much as that of karma enshrouding knowledge. The minimum existence of karma enshrouding detachment (moharnīya) is less 250 than 48 minutes, and the maximum is 70 koḍākoḍi sāgaropamas. Its state of dormancy lasts 7000 years. Total span of bondage of this minus the period of dormant state gives the period of karma experience for this. The minimum existence of the bondage of karma giving life-span is less than a muhūrta and the maximum is a third of a pūrva-koṭi added to 33 sāgaropamas. The period of its karma experience is 33 sāgaropamas. The rest is its period of dormant state. The minimum existence of the bondage of karma giving name and giving lineage is eight muhūrtas and the maximum is 20 koḍākoḍi sāgaropamas. The period of their dormant state is 2000 years. Total existence of their bondage minus the period of their dormancy is the period of karma experience (of these two). The existence of karma restricting the capacity to enjoy is similar to that of karma enshrouding knowledge.

Notes (based on commentary of Abhayadeva Sūri):

(There is no commentary available for this section).

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