Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Munisuvrata’s congregation which is the twelfth 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 12: Munisuvrata’s congregation

Seven and a half thousand years, less eleven months, passed as Suvrata Svāmin wandered over the earth after his omniscience. Thirty thousand noble ascetics, fifty thousand nuns practicing penance, five hundred wise men who knew the fourteen Pūrvas, eighteen hundred endowed with clairvoyance, fifteen hundred who had mind-reading knowledge, eighteen hundred who were omniscient, two thousand who had the art of transformation, twelve hundred disputants, one hundred and seventy-two thousand laymen, three hundred and fifty thousand laywomen were the Lord’s retinue as he wandered.

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