Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Sambhava’s moksha (nirvana, emancipation) which is the seventeenth 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 17: Sambhava’s mokṣa (nirvāṇa, emancipation)

The Lord wandered a lac of pūrvas less four pūrvāṅgas and fourteen years from the time of his omniscience. Then the Blessed One, omniscient, knowing that it was time for his mokṣa, went to the top of Mt. Sammeta with his retinue. Then Lord Sambhava and a thousand munis undertook the fast called ‘pādapopagama.’ At that time the lords of the gods and asuras came there with their retinues and remained, serving the Lord of the World with devotion. At the end of a month, Sambhava Svāmin, immovable as a mountain, restraining all activity, attained śaileśī, the final meditation. On the fifth day of the white half of Caitra, the moon standing in conjunction with Mṛgaśiras, the Lord, who possessed the four infinities of siddhas, went to the abode of undisturbable bliss. The thousand munis, also, like spotless parts of the Master, reached the final abode by the same process.

As prince, the Lord passed fifteen lacs of pūrvas; as king, forty-four lacs of pūrvas plus four pūrvāṅgas; and as a mendicant a lac of pūrvas less four pūrvāṅgas. So Lord Śrī Sambhava passed sixty lacs of pūrvas. Thirty lacs of crores of sāgaras after the nirvāṇa of Ajita Svāmin the nirvāṇa of Lord Sambhava took place.

Then the Indras cremated the body of Sambhava, Lord Jina, and performed the other rites properly. They took the molars and (other) teeth, after dividing them suitably;[1] and the (other) gods took the collection of bones. The Indras went to their own homes, and the gods heaped up the Master’s bones on the top of the pillar Māṇava to worship them. What part of the Lords of the Tīrtha is not worthy to be worshipped?

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See p. 221.

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