Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Sambhava’s kevala which is the twelfth part of chapter I of the English translation of the Sambhavajina-caritra, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. Sambhavajina in jainism is one of the 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.

Part 12: Sambhava’s kevala

After leaving that place the Blessed One wandered as a mendicant for fourteen years in ever different villages, villages approached both by land and water, cities, mines, poor towns, towns with earthen walls, isolated towns, towns approached either by land or water, and forests, having no abode, restrained by manifold vows, enduring undepressed the twenty-two trials, having the three controls, five kinds of carefulness, silent, fearless, resolute, his gaze fixed on one point.

Then the Lord stood in pratimā, engaged in the second pure meditation, under a śāl tree in Sahasrāmravaṇa. While he was engaged in meditation, the four destructive karmas of Sambhava Svāmin crumbled like dry leaves of a tree. Then in the month Kārtika on the fifth day of the dark fortnight, the moon being in conjunction with Mṛgaśiras, brilliant omniscience arose in the Master observing a two days’ fast, like a guarantee of the sight of present, past, and future objects. Then the hell-inhabitants had a moment of peace from the cessation of pain caused by the Paramādhārmikas,[1] arising from the place, and caused by each other. At the same time all the Indras of the gods and asuras, whose thrones had been shaken, came there to make the omniscience-festival.

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See I, n. 58.

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