Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Birth of Subhuma which is the fourth 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 4: Birth of Subhūma

King Bhūpāla’s soul completed its life-term, fell from Mahāśukra, and descended into Tārā’s womb. One day Kṛtavīrya heard his father’s story from his mother and went and killed Jamadagni, like a snake that had been pointed out. Rāma was angered at his father’s murder, went quickly to Hastināpura and killed Kṛtavīrya. What is at a great distance from Yama? The son of Jamadagni established himself in the kingdom. For sovereignty is dependent on power. Succession and lack of succession are not authority. Kṛtavīrya’s queen left the city conquered by Rāma, though she was pregnant, and went to a hermitage of ascetics, like a doe from a forest that is scented with tigers. The compassionate ascetics put her, like a deposit, in an underground room, and protected her from cruel Paraśurāma. A son, who had been indicated by the fourteen great dreams, was born to her. Because he took ground easily, he was named Subhūma.[1]

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See Abhi. 3. 357.

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