Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes Vira’s prophecy about future of Jainism which is the fourteenth part of chapter XIII of the English translation of the Mahavira-caritra, contained within the “Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra”: a massive Jain narrative relgious text composed by Hemacandra in the 12th century. Mahavira in jainism is the twenty-fourth Tirthankara (Jina) and one of the 63 illustrious beings or worthy persons.

Part 14: Vīra’s prophecy about future of Jainism

Sudharman, the first of gaṇabhṛts, asked Śrī Vīra, when he had told this, “When will the extirpation of omniscience, et cetera take place?” Master said: “When so much time after my emancipation has passed, there will be no omniscience after your disciple, Jambū. Omniscience being extirpated, there will be no mind-reading knowledge, no pulāka-magic power,[1] no supreme clairvoyance. There will be no ladders of subsidence and destruction of karma, no āhāraka-body,[2] no Jinakalpa,[3] no three controls. Your disciple Jambū will attain emancipation and will know the fourteen pūrvas; Jambū’s disciple, Prabhava, will know all the pūrvas. His disciple, Sayyambhava, will know twelve aṅgas and will produce the book, Daśavaikālika, taking it from the Scripture. His disciple, Yaśobhadra, will know all the pūrvas; and his disciples, Sambhūta and Bhadrabāhu, will know all the pūrvas. Sthūlabhadra, Sambhūta’s disciple, will know all the pūrvas. Then the last four pūrvas will be lost. After that there will be those who know ten pūrvas, beginning with Mahāgiri and Suhastin and ending with Vajra, directors of the congregation.”

Footnotes and references:

[1]:

See I, n. 112. A Pulāka is the first of the 5 divisions of Nirgranthas.

[2]:

A body which may be acquired by one who knows the 14 pūrvas, by which he may go to another world. See I, n. 157.

[3]:

The Puritanical practices.

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