by Helen M. Johnson | 1931 | 742,503 words
This page describes Previous births of Datta which is the third part of chapter V of the English translation of the Datta-nandana-prahlada-caritra, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. Datta, Nandana and Prahlada in jainism refers to some of the 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.
Now in this southern half of Bharata in Jambūdvīpa there was a king, Mandaradhīra, in the city Śīlapura. He had a son, powerful, long-armed, an ocean of the jewels of good qualities, named Lalitamitra, the sun to the lotuses of friends. The minister Khala affirmed, “He is arrogant,” rejected him, and established the king’s brother as heir-apparent. Then Lalitamitra, disgusted with existence from this humiliation, became a mendicant under Muni Ghoṣa-sena. Practicing austerities, evilly-disposed, he made a nidāna: “By this penance may I be able to kill the minister Khala.” He died without confessing the nidāna and became a powerful god in the heaven Saudharma.
Footnotes and references:
Pre-birth of Prahlāda.