Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

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

Part 19: Vāsupūjya’s omniscience

Now, after wandering for a month as an ordinary ascetic, the Lord of the Three Worlds, Vasupūjya, came to the garden of initiation, Vihāragṛha. While he was beneath a pāṭalā, the Lord’s destructive karmas broke at the end of the second pure meditation, like darkness at dawn. On the second day of the bright fortnight of Māgha, the moon being in conjunction with Śatabhiṣaj, the Lord’s omniscience arose at the time of a one-day fast. The Master delivered a sermon in a divine samavasaraṇa to the sixty-six gaṇabhṛts, Sūkṣma, et cetera.

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