by Helen M. Johnson | 1931 | 742,503 words
This page describes Malli’s congregation which is the seventeenth part of chapter VI of the English translation of the Shri Mallinatha-caritra, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. Shri Mallinatha in jainism is one of the 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.
From that place the Lord wandered elsewhere over the earth in villages, mines, cities, et cetera to enlighten souls capable of emancipation. Forty thousand noble ascetics, fifty-five thousand nuns practicing penance, six hundred and sixty-eight who knew the fourteen pūrvas, twenty-two hundred who possessed clairvoyant knowledge, seventeen hundred and fifty with mind-reading knowledge, twenty-two hundred omniscients, twenty-nine hundred with the art of transformation, fourteen hundred with the art of disputation, one hundred and eighty-three thousand laymen, three hundred and seventy thousand laywomen constituted the Lord’s retinue as she wandered over the earth for fifty-five thousand years less one hundred years.