Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Previous births of the three which is the second part of chapter III of the English translation of the Ananda-purushapundarika-bali-caritra, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. Ananda, Purushapundarika and Bali in jainism refers to some of the 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.

Part 2: Previous births of the three

In the city Vijayapura Sudarśana was king, fair as the moon, giving joy to the world. After hearing Jain doctrine from Muni Damadhara, his mind being disgusted with existence, he became a mendicant, practiced penance, and became a god in Sahasrāra.

Also here in Bharatakṣetra in the city Potana, Priyamitra was king, who resembled the rising of the sun for lotuses in the form of friends. Suketu[1] kidnaped his wife and he, disgusted with existence from that humiliation, became a mendicant at Muni Vasubhūti’s side. Afflicted with grief at his wife’s kidnaping, he practiced severe penance and made a nidāna[2] for killing his wife’s kidnaper. He fasted and died without confessing the nidāna and was born a powerful god in the heaven Māhendra.

Footnotes and references:

[1]:

Pre-birth of Bali.

[2]:

See II, n. 29.

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