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 7: Founding of Śānti’s congregation

At that time the thrones of the Lokāntika-gods in Brahmaloka shook, as if swung by someone. The gods, Sārasvatas, et cetera, bewildered, thinking “What is this?” employed clairvoyant knowledge and, understanding completely, said to each other: “Listen! The time has come for the initiation of Arhat Śānti in the southern half of Bhārata in Jambūdvīpa. The thrones, with consciousness produced, as it were, by his power, announce to us the action suitable at the time of initiation. Even if the Blessed One himself knows by the three kinds of knowledge, nevertheless it is customary that we remind him that it is time for the vow.”

After talking with each other to this effect and getting in their aerial cars, the Sārasvatas, et cetera, approached Śāntinātha, After circumambulating Śāntinātha three times and bowing to him, their hands folded submissively, they said, “Master, found a congregation.” After saying this and paying homage to him, the Laukāntikas went to heaven.