Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

by Helen M. Johnson | 1931 | 742,503 words

This is the English translation of the Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Charita (literally “The lives of the sixty-three illustrious People”), a Sanskrit epic poem written by Hemachandra in the twelfth century. The work relates the history and legends of important figures in the Jain faith. These 63 persons include: the twenty four tirthankaras , the t...

Notes on Śīlāṅga (laws of good conduct)

Śīlāṅga. These are not so difficult to calculate as one might suppose. The basis is the 10 yatidharma, and the diagram shows how the total is reached. It is all condensed into one Prakrit śloka, where one word stands for all the divisions of its class:

je no karanti maṇasā nijjiyāhārasannāsoindī
puḍhavīkāyāyārambhaṃ, khantijuā te muṇī vande.

“I praise those munis who do not make (etc.) with the mind (etc.) injurious actions to earth-bodies (etc.), whose feeling for food, (etc.) and sense of hearing (etc.) are subdued, endowed with forbearance, (etc.).”
(Śīlāṅgādi Ratha Saṅgraha, verse x. Pravac, 836- 46, p. 240 ff. Pañcā. Chap. 14.)


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