Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Munisuvrata’s parents (king Sumitra and queen Padmavati) which is the fourth part of chapter VII of the English translation of the Shri Munisuvratanatha-caritra, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. Shri Munisuvratanatha in jainism is one of the 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.

Part 4: Munisuvrata’s parents (king Sumitra and queen Padmāvatī)

Now in this same Bharatakṣetra there is a city Rājagṛha, the ornament of Magadha, like a svastika of the earth. There heaps, of pearls from necklaces broken by amorousness of young people are swept up by the sweepers in each house at dawn. In every house there are horses in every house charity; in every house picture galleries, in every house theaters. lake a pond for the marālas, like a garland of flowers for the bees, there was always service for the noble munis also.

Its king was Sumitra, like a spotless pearl of the Harivaṃśa, a sun in dazzling brilliance. The punisher of the wicked, the husband of the Śrīs of victory, the priest of his family, the guide of all kings, he bore the weight of the earth like a ninth elephant of the quarters, like an eighth mountain-range, like a second serpent Śeṣa. Whatever virtues there are—generosity, firmness, dignity, etc., they were visible in him like signs at the coming of the Jina. Padmāvatī was his wife, like the goddess Padmā of Hari, by whom the earth was purified. The king’s glory was adorned by her, the source of joy for the eyes of all the world, like the sky by a digit of the moon. By her own fragrant virtues, good conduct, et cetera, she perfumed the king’s heart, like perfuming a cloth with fragrant powder. Even Bṛhaspati could not enumerate her collection of virtues like the groups of stars in the sky. Sumitra, lord of the earth, enjoyed pleasures with her, who was like the earth that had become alive, from affection.

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