Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Previous births of Subhuma which is the second part of chapter IV of the English translation of the Subhuma-cakravartin-caritra, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. Subhuma-cakravartin in jainism is one of the 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.

Part 2: Previous births of Subhūma

There was a king, named Bhūpāla, who observed the vows of a kṣatriya, in the city Viśāla in this same Bharatakṣetra. One day he was defeated in a battle by many enemies who had united. For a crowd is very strong. Defeated by his enemies, his face blackened by the disgrace, he became a mendicant under Muni Sambhūta. As a result of penance he made a nidāna which had as its object the enjoyment of army and treasure, fasted to death, and became a god in Mahāśukra.

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