Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra

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

This page describes His successors which is the seventeenth 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.

When he (Gautama) had become emancipated, the fifth gaṇadhara, lord Sudharman acquired the fifth knowledge (omniscience) and taught dharma to the people on earth for a very long time. One day, after he arrived at the city Rājagṛha, he made all his sinless community subject to Muni Jambūsvāmin. In that same city, Gaṇabhṛt Sudharman, his eight karmas destroyed in course of time, engaged in the fourth meditation, went to the place of unequaled bliss from which there is no return.

Later, the last omniscient, lord Jambū, leader on the path of Śrī Vīra, enlightened the bhavyas on earth about dharma for a long time and one day attained emancipation.

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