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...
A. 156. Gautama! This, as said by the heretics,... till is incorrect. As for me, oh Gautama! I say,... till establish that some of the prāṇas, bhūtas, jīvas and sattas suffer from unalloyed misery, and rarely ever enjoy happiness. Some other prāṇas, bhūtas, jīvas and sattas have unalloyed happiness, and rarely any misery. There are still other prāṇas, bhūtas, jīvas and sattas who suffer in diverse proportions—an admixture of happiness and misery.
A. 157. How so?
A. 157. Gautama! The infernal beings suffer unalloyed misery and rarely any happiness. The Bhavanapatis, Vāṇavyantaras, Jyotiṣkas and Vaimānikas have unalloyed happiness and rarely any misery. From earth-bodies...till human beings, they suffer in diverse proportions—an admixture of happiness and misery.
Notes (based on commentary of Abhayadeva Sūri):
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