Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

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

Part 3: Supārśva’s parents

Its king was named Pratiṣṭha, devoted to justice, the kalpa-tree of celebrity for the worthy, possessing celebrity like Indra. The whole world remained in the shadow of his feet, as he was always unequaled in power, like Meru in size. When he made a tour of conquest in all directions, the sky appeared to be marked with cranes from white umbrellas and with clouds from umbrellas made of peacock-feathers in dense array. In battle he, ornamented with unlimited heroic vows, never turned bis face away from his enemies as if they were beggars. From birth, without any other assistance, long-armed, he supported the earth always as easily as a toy-lotus.

The king had a wife, named Pṛthvī, like a living earth, the receptacle of virtues, firmness, etc. Her innate virtue and beauty constantly became ornaments, and external ornaments reached a state of being adorned. In her, spotless by nature, numerous virtues appeared like pearls in the river Tāmraparṇī. Her form with lotus-face, lotus-eyes, lotus-hands, and lotus-feet was like another lotus-pool of the goddess Śrī with waves of loveliness. With the thought, “Because she is the mother of a Tīrthaṅkara, may there be future servitude (to her),” and conquered by her beauty also, goddesses became her slaves.

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