by Helen M. Johnson | 1931 | 742,503 words
This page describes Eighth incarnation of Kamatha which is the seventeenth part of chapter II of the English translation of the Parshvanatha-caritra, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. Parshvanatha in jainism is the twenty-third Tirthankara (Jina) and one of the 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.
Kuraṅgaka, risen from hell, became a lion on that mountain and by chance came there in his roaming. Hungry because he had not obtained food the day before, he, resembling Death, saw the great sage from a distance. Angry from hostility of former births, the lion ran forward, his mouth wide open, splitting open the earth, as it were, with blows of his tail. The lion with ears erect, filling the caverns with loud roars, approaching by leaps, made an attack on the muni from the ground. The muni, knocked to the ground by the lion, free from desire for the body, made rejection of the four kinds of food, engaged in concentrated meditation. The muni made confession, asked forgiveness of all creatures, and continued in pious meditation, his heart unchanged even toward the lion.