Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

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

Part 13: Vimala’s omniscience

Now, after Lord Vimala had wandered two years as an ordinary ascetic, he came to the initiation-garden Sahasrāmravaṇa. At the foot of a jambū tree, the Lord’s destructive-karmas broke when he had ascended the ladder of destruction from the eighth guṇasthāna. The Lord’s omniscience arose on the sixth day of the bright half of Pauṣa in the constellation Uttarabhādrapadā from a two-day fast. The Lord delivered a sermon in a divine samavasaraṇa. There were fifty-seven gaṇabhṛts, Mandara, et cetera.

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