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 3: Kṣemaṅkara’s omniscience

Then Kṣemaṅkara, enlightened by the Lokāntika-gods, wishing to become a mendicant, established Vajrāyudha in his kingdom. After he had given gifts for a year, the Lord adopted mendicancy and practiced severe penance, observing manifold resolutions. The Lord’s omniscience arose from the destruction of the destructive karmas and the Indras celebrated the omniscience-festival. Occupying a samavasaraṇa, the Omniscient delivered a sermon to Vajrin, Vajrāyudha, and others seated in the proper places. After hearing the sermon many people became mendicants. Vajradhara, Vajrāyudha, and the others went to their respective abodes.