Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Previous birth of Kamsa which is the third part of chapter II of the English translation of the Neminatha-caritra, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. Neminatha in jainism is the twenty-second Tirthankara (Jina) and one of the 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.

Part 3: Previous birth of Kaṃsa

Bhojavṛṣṇi became a mendicant and then Ugrasena was king in Mathurā and his chief-queen was Dhāriṇī. One day Ugrasena was going along outside (the city) and saw an ascetic standing in a secluded spot, observing a month’s fast. He had made a vow,[1] “I shall break fast after a month’s fast with alms taken from one house, not otherwise.” Month after month he broke his fast with alms from one house and went to the secluded place, but not to another house. Ugrasena invited him for fast-breaking and went home. The ascetic followed him but the king had forgotten him. Without eating at all, the muni went to his own shelter and again commenced a month’s fast in the same way.

The king went there again by chance and again saw him. Remembering his invitation, he apologized cleverly. Again he invited him and again he forgot in the same way. Again he (the ascetic) went back to his own place without eating at all. Again the king, remembering, apologized as before. The ascetic was invited again and now became angry. “As a result of this penance may I be able to kill him in another birth.” After making this nidāna, he died from fasting.

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Abhigraha. See I, n. 102.