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...

Part 13: Śītala’s mokṣa (emancipation)

When the time for emancipation had arrived, the Lord went to Mt. Sammeta and together with a thousand saints began a fast. At the end of a month, on the second day of the black half of Vaiśākha, the moon being in Pūrvāṣāḍhā, the Master and the saints reached emancipation. Twenty-five thousand pūrvas as prince, fifty thousand as director of the earth, twenty-five thousand in practicing mendicancy; so the total age of Lord Śītala was a hundred thousand pūrvas. Nine crores of sāgaropamas elapsed between the nirvāṇa of Suvidhi Svāmin and that of Śītala Svāmin. The lords of the gods (the Indras) celebrated fittingly a magnificent festival of the emancipation of Śrī Śītala who had attained emancipation with the munis; and went again to their respective worlds.

Emancipation will surely result to the one meditating on these biographies of eight Tīrthaṅkaras beginning with Śrī Sambhava in this third excellent volume with eight chapters, like pure syllables on an eight-petaled lotus[1] to be meditated upon.

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See I, n. 409; Yog. 8. 1 ff. The lotus is used as an aid to concentration in meditation. It may be visualized with the number of petals desired, and on each petal is imagined an object to be meditated upon.