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Bhagwan Parshvanath – Janma Kalyanak

Bhagwan Parshvanath - Chyavan Kalyanak

Date: 20th December, 2011
Tithi: Paush Dashami

In the city of Varanasi, Asvasena of the Ikshvaku-family was the king there who had a wife named Vama.

On the fourth of the black half of Chaitra, (the moon being) in Visakha, having fallen, at night Shri Parshvanath descended into Queen Vama’s womb. Then she saw the 14 great dreams indicating a Tirthankar’s birth enter her mouth. Continue reading “Bhagwan Parshvanath – Janma Kalyanak” »

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Continuation of Lord Rishabhdev’s life as a Sadhu

Continuation of Lord Rishabhdevs life as a Sadhu
Kaccha, Mahakaccha, and the other royal ascetics, dwelling in the forest on the right bank of the Gangas like deer; wearing barkgarments like living trees; not touching householders’ food like something that had been vomited; their bodies very thin like empty skins, the elements dried up by fasts of two, three, or more days; even on the day for breaking fast eating dried leaves, dried fruit, etc., continued to think in their hearts only of the Blessed One, and did not go to another. The Blessed One, after wandering in silence among the Aryas and non-Aryas for a year without food, reflected as follows: “Just as lamps exist on oil, as trees on water, so on food alone the bodies of living creatures exist. Continue reading “Continuation of Lord Rishabhdev’s life as a Sadhu” »

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Establishment of Customs

Establishment of Customs
Twenty lacs of Purvas after his birth, the Lord became king in this city to guard the subjects. The first king of kings, like the omkara of mantras, he guarded his subjects like his own children. The Lord appointed ministers, like the minor members of his own body, able in the punishment of the wicked and protection of the good. The King, Vrsabha-marked, established able police for guarding against theft, etc., like Sutraman Lokapalas. For the government he, the elephant of kings, collected elephants, the superior branch of the army like the best member of the body. He, Vrsabha-bannered, maintained fine horses holding their necks very high, as if in rivalry with the horses of the sun. The son of Nabhi himself built chariots made of close-fitted wood like aerial cars on earth. Then the son of Nabhi made a collection of foot-soldiers of well-tried courage, just as in a cakravartin incarnation. The son of Nabhi established in it army-commanders like very strong pillars of the palace of new sovereignty. The Lord of the World collected oxen, camels, buffaloes, mules, skilled in their use. Continue reading “Establishment of Customs” »

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The Lord’s Kevala

The Lord’s Kevala
Independent, unstumbling like the wind, practicing various and manifold penances, persevering in manifold vows, the Blessed One wandered for a thousand years as easily as a day in Mleccha countries Yavana, Domba, etc., observing silence, making non- Aryas well-disposed to others just from the sight of him, untouched by disturbances, enduring trials. The Blessed One, Vrsabhabannered, went to Purimatala, the chief suburb of the great city Ayodhya. Continue reading “The Lord’s Kevala” »

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Coronation as King

Coronation as King
The Master, even though indifferent, enjoyed pleasures with his wives for a long time; for good-feeling karma cannot be destroyed otherwise. When a little less than six Purvas had passed after the wedding, while the Lord enjoyed himself with them, the jivas of Bahu and Pitha fell from Sarvarthasiddhi and entered Sumangala’s womb as twins. Likewise the jivas of Subahu and Mahapitha fell from Sarvarthasiddhi and entered Sunanda’s womb. Then Lady Sumangala, like Marudeva, saw fourteen great dreams, indicating the importance of the embryo. The Mistress related the dreams to the Master, who said unhesitatingly, “Your son will be a Cakravartis.” Continue reading “Coronation as King” »

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Description of Vinita

Description of Vinita
He (Kubera) made the city Vinita, also called Ayodhya, twelve yojanas long and nine wide. After laying it out, the Yaksa-king, free from deceit, filled it unceasingly with inexhaustible clothes, ornaments, money, and grain. Even without a wall (as background for painting) a painting was made in the sky from the variegated light from palaces of diamond, sapphire, and cat’s eye. In it the appearance of challenge papers, as it were, to the peaks of Meru was made by the lofty golden palaces in the guise of banners. Continue reading “Description of Vinita” »

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Story of Sagarcandra, Priyadarsana and Asokadatta

Story of Sagarcandra, Priyadarsana and Asokadatta
Now, in Jambudvipa in the West Videhas, there is a city, Aparajita by name, unconquered by its enemies. In it there was a king, by whose power the world had been subdued, Isanacandra, equal to the Indra of Isana in glory. There lived a merchant, preeminent in wealth, foremost among those devoted solely to piety, by name Candanadasa, sandal for giving delight to the world. He had a son, Sagaracandra, who was the prime cause of delight to the eyes of the world like the moon to the Ocean. Always having an upright character, his actions governed by Dharma, possessing discernment, he was the face-ornament of the whole city. Continue reading “Story of Sagarcandra, Priyadarsana and Asokadatta” »

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The Gods – Their Cars – Their Bells their Family – Part 1

The Gods   Their Cars   Their Bells their Family   Part 1
In the meantime attended by the gods living in the twenty eight lacs of palaces, aroused by the sound of the bell Mahaghosa, the Lord of the Aisanakalpa, carrying a trident, having a bull as a vehicle, seated in a car Puspaka made by the Abhiyogya Puspaka, descended on the south of Aisanakalpa by an oblique path to Mt. Ratikara in the northeast of Nandisvara and, having contracted his car like the Indra of Saudharma, quickly went before the Blessed One on Mt. Meru with devotion. Sanatkumara, surrounded by gods living in the twelve lacs of palaces, came in the car Sumanas. Continue reading “The Gods – Their Cars – Their Bells their Family – Part 1” »

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The Lord’s life as a Chadmastha

The Lord’s life as a Chadmastha
Followed by kings, Kaccha, Mahakaccha and others, who had taken the vow of mendicancy after him, the Lord began to wander over the earth in silence. The Lord did not obtain alms anywhere even on the day for breaking his fast; for the people at that time were thoroughly simple and were not familiar with alms-giving. Some people brought the Master, who had come for alms, horses surpassing in speed Uccaihsravas (Indra’s horse); others brought choice elephants whose strength was superior to that of the elephants of the quarters; some brought maidens excelling the Apsarases in loveliness; others ornaments that had the brilliance of lightning; others garments of various colors like twilight clouds; still others garlands and wreaths rivaling wreaths of the coral-tree; some brought a heap of gold resembling Meru’s peak; others a pile of jewels like the peak of Mt. Rohana; for they knew the Lord only as a king as before. Continue reading “The Lord’s life as a Chadmastha” »

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24 Tirthankars


Below are the details of the present 24 Tirthankars in the Bharatkshetra of Jambudweep.

1. Shri Rishabdev (Adinath)

Heaven before Birth : Sarvarthasiddha
Father : King Nabhi
Mother : Marudevi
Birthplace : Vinittanagari, Palitana
Complexion : Golden
Symbol : Ox / Bull
Height : 500 Dhanusha
Age : 8,400,000 Purva
Diksha Tree : Vata (Banyan)
Yaksha : Gomukha
Yakshini : Chakresvari
Place of Nirvana : Ashtapad

Kalyanaks


Chyavan : Jeth Vad 4
Janma : Fagan Vad 8
Diksha : Fagan Vad 8
Keval Gyan : Maha Vad 11
Moksha : Posh Vad 13

Mystery behind the name


He had a sign of an ox on his thigh. The mother Marudeva saw 14 dreams, of which the first was that of an ox. He started the religion after a time span of 18 koda Kodi Sagaropam (Sagaropam itself is almost an innumerable number, therefore 18 KodaKodi sagaropam is a countless number). Therefore, he was also known as Ādinath (The first one).

2. Shri Ajitnath

Heaven before Birth : Vijayavimana
Father : King Jitshatru
Mother : Vijaya Rani
Birthplace : Ayodhya, Shikharji
Complexion : Golden
Symbol : Elephant
Height : 450 Dhanusha
Age : 7,200,000 Purva
Diksha Tree : Sala (Shorea Robusta)
Yaksha : Mahayaksha
Yakshini : Ajitabala
Place of Nirvana : Shikharji

Kalyanaks


Chyavan : Vaisakh Sud 13
Janma : Maha Sud 8
Diksha : Maha Sud 9
Keval Gyan : Posh Sud 11
Moksha : Chaitra Sud 5

Mystery behind the name


The parents of Lord Ajit would always involve themselves in games and sports. Each time they did so, the father invariably won the game against his mother. But after the conception of lord Ajit his mother would always win the games. Thus she named him ‘Ajit’ or the unconquered one.

3. Shri Sambhavnath

Heaven before Birth : Uvarimagraiveka
Father : Jitari
Mother : Senamata
Birthplace : Savathi, Sravasti
Complexion : Golden
Symbol : Horse
Height : 400 Dhanusha
Age : 6,000,000 Purva
Diksha Tree : Prayala
Yaksha : Trimukha
Yakshini : Prajnapti
Place of Nirvana : Samet Shikhar

Kalyanaks


Chyavan : Fagan Sud 8
Janma : Magsar Sud 14
Diksha : Magasar Sud 15
Keval Gyan : Asho Vad 5
Moksha : Chaitra Sud 5

Mystery behind the name


When the Lord Sambhav was conceived the production of grains increased and there was much prosperity. There were no droughts or famine.  Hence he was called Sambhav or possible.

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