Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Munisuvrata’s omniscience which is the eighth 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 8: Munisuvrata’s omniscience

In his wandering the Lord came again to the garden Nīlaguhā and stood in pratimā under a campaka tree. On tḥe twelfth day of the dark half of Phālguna, the moon being in Śravaṇa, the Lord’s omniscience arose from the destruction of the ghātikarmas. A samavasaraṇa was made by the gods, Śakra and others, and an aśoka tree two hundred and forty bows tall. The Master entered there, circumambulated the caitya-tree, said, “Reverence to the congregation,” and sat down on the eastern throne. The Vyantaras made images of him in the other directions and the holy fourfold community remained in the proper places. Then Suvrata learned that the Master was in the samavasaraṇa, came, bowed to the Master, and sat down behind Śakra. After bowing again to the Master, with folded hands touching their foreheads Śakra and Suvrata recited this hymn of praise filled with devotion.


“This power comes from just the sight of your feet: that such as I am able to describe your virtues. At the time of the sermon we honor your cow of merit which is the mother here of the calf of a chapter of sacred knowledge. People become virtuous at once from understanding your virtues, just as a vessel becomes oily from contact with an oily object. Whoever abandon other tasks and listen to your teaching, they become free at once from former acts. This world is armored by the protective spell of your name. Henceforth, it will not be devoured by Piśācas of sin, O god. No one has fear, Lord, since you bestowed fearlessness on everyone; but I have fear arising from separation from you when I go to my own place. Not only do outer enemies,[1] blind from eternal hostility, become calm in your presence, but also inner enemies, Master. May the recollection of your name alone, a cow of plenty for granting desires in this world and the next, be present to me wherever I am.”

Footnotes and references:


See I, n. 5.

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