Kshamadan -- (Preview this book)
This historic event took place about 2600 years before now. The king of Sindh, Udayan and the king of Ujjaini, Chandpradyot–both were the sons-in-law of the President of the Republic of Vaishali, Maharaj Chetak. King Udayan was a very brave, honest and religious ruler, whereas Chandradyot was known for his proud and rude nature. His biggest weakness was 'woman'. Inspired by Queen Prabhavati, King Udayan, became an ardent devotee of Bhagwan Mahavir. He had absorbed the qualities of non-violence and compassion. On the Samvatsari day, while seeking forgiveness from all the lives, he also south the same from Chandradyot, his prisoner. Chandpradyot made a meaningful comment : "What is the point in seeking forgiveness from me after holding me captive ? If you really seek forgiveness, then first release me." On this, religious King Udayan released his enemy. He condoned all his offenses and embraced him with love. Moved by his greatness, Chandpradyot fell into his feet and said "Udayan! You are great !" By truly adapting forgiveness in life, King Udayan set an example as a brave forgiver. Trishashtishalaka Purush Charitra etc. ancient Jain literature has a gripping narration of this event.
Wisdom Stories of Abhay Kumar -- (Preview this book)
According to Jain history, Abhay Kumar was the only son of the king of Magadh Shrenik and queen Nanda. Abhay's childhood passed in Nanihal away from the protection of his father. When he came to know that his father was the king of Magadh, he approached him in a special way by maintaining his own self esteem alongwith his mother's pride. By his own unique foresight, cleverness and natural intelligence, he became the Chief Minister of Magadh State while in adolescence only. He took care of the interests of the king as well as the ordinary citizens equally and spent a religious life. An ardent devotee and follower of Bhagwan Mahavir, Abhay was also an expert diplomat. Jain religion got also popular. Non-violence and vegetarianism became specially popular. Here, a few exemplary events portraying his wisdom based on the books like NANDISUTRA KI TIKA, SHRENIK CHARITRA and ABHAYKUMAR CHARITRA are compiled in the form of stories.
The Moral Stories of Bhagwan Mahavir -- (Preview this book)
Bhagwan Mahavir was a famous spiritual leader of his times. He brought many revolutionary changes in the prevailing religious beliefs and traditions. The most prominent among them was the equal rights of pursuing the spiritual path regardless of cast or creed. He also allowed females and lower caste people to study religious literature. The complex and serious principles of religion were explained by him through practical illustrations. This lucid expression went directly to the heart of the listener. The sermons of Bhagwan Mahavir which are available to us today in Ardhamagadhi (Prakrit) language are known as "Aagam" or "Ganipitak". We have presented here some moral stories compiled from his sermons in "Uttaradhyayan Sutra" and "Jnatasutra". We are sure our readers will find this collection interesting and inspiring.
Bhagwan Shantinath : Incarnation of Peace -- (Preview this book)
Just as Vaidik literature describes series of 24 births, Jain literature also has descriptions of a series of 24 Tirthankars. In this sacred series, 16th Tirthankar was Bhagwan Shantinath. Bhagwan Shantinath was King Meghrath in one of his previous births when he demonstrated his compassion by offering his own flesh for saving the life of a pigeon who had come to him for protection. His sacrifice is a shining example of compassionate Indian culture. In Vaidik series also, a similar story is famous for King Shivi. He became popular as Incarnation of Peace during the time of Bhagwan Mahavir only. The proof of this lies in a statement by Bhagwan Mahavir "Santi Santikare Loe" meaning - Shantinath will establish peace in the world. Today also, Shantinath is respected and worshipped by whole Jain society as the incarnation of peace. In this picture story, the short narration of Bhagwan Shantinath's various births is based on Trishashti Shalaka Purush Charitra by Hemchandracharya etc.
Miracles of Namokar Mantra -- (Preview this book)
Namokar Mantra is an ancient Siddha Mantra. It gives immediate benefit if recited with faith. In daily life thousands of people have experienced that their incurable disease was cured, calamity passed away by reciting Namokar Mantra. In the problem of ghosts in house, Namokar Mantra gave peace, business started expanding, got promotion in job, desires were fulfilled, all by Namokar Mantra. Other than these physical benefits Namokar Mantra's spiritual benefits are unimaginable. Jain literature has hundreds of stories telling Namokar Mantra's importance and its result. In this book we have taken only four events. Two ancient stories and two experiences. On this subject we want to tell readers nothing more but only that they themselves experience the miracle by reciting Namokar Mantra faithfully.
The Fortunate Rich Dhanna -- (Preview this book)
Dhanna was a rare personality. His luck was so good that if he touched clay it truned into gold. Similarly, whatever problem he took into his hand, that problem itself would become the source of his success, fame and wealth. Dhanna had exemplary qualities like charity, brotherhood, serving the parents, forsaking and hard work. In Jain literature, many books on Dhanna like Dhanyakumar Charitra, Dhanna-Shalibhadra Ki Chopi etc. are available. Trishashtishalaka Purush charitra by Acharya Shri Hemchandra Soori alos has the description of Dhanna's character.
Compassionate Bhagwan Mahavir -- (Preview this book)
The twenty fourth Tirthankar Charam Tirthadhipati Shraman Bhagwan Shri Mahavir Swami was born in 599 B.C. that is, on the 13th night of the bright fortnight of Chaitra month of the 542nd year before Vikram Samvat. Right from the childhood he was patient, brave, adventurous and compassionate. Even after being very powerful, he was highly forgiving. "Assure every living being fearlessness. Behave in a friendly and impartial manner with everybody"-before preaching this principle, he implemented it himself. Bhagwan Mahavir has been started from the previous 26 births of him and continued till the current birth. These events show that this highest distinction is achievable only after prolonged efforts. The basis of this story is the Trishashthishalaka Purush Charitra by Kalikaal Sarvagya Acharya Shri Hemchandra Surishwarji.
Bhagwan Rishabhdev -- (Preview this book)
Bhagwan Rishabhdev spread religion for the first time on the earth. In addition to religion, he was the first to give training for agriculture, trade, art, sculpture, politics and government to people. He was the first King of the world, first Shraman (Sanyasi or ascetic) and the first Tirthankar also. That's why he is known as Adinath or "First Tirthankar". The eldest son of Rishabhdev, Bharat, became the first Chakravarty Samrat. On his name our country became popular as Bharatvarsh. For the development of human society, he inspired man for hard work and then also showed the path of retirement for inner peace. After establishing the social administration system and government, he accepted the path of renouncement and set a great example of balance between luxuries and detachment. We have presented this biography of Bhagwan Rishabhdev based on the ancient Jain religious books Adi Puran and Trishashti Shalaka Purush.
Princess Chandanbala -- (Preview this book)
Princess Chandanbala's life is a strange and thrilling story which resolves around the up-down of the life. The surprise in this live tearful story is that tears only changed the direction of her life. Bhagwan Mahavir's sight turned her tears into pearls and made it immortal in the history. Chandana was born in the royal family of Champa. The princess of Champa was auctioned in the maid market of Kaushambi as a maid. She stayed in an unknown house as a nameless person and served there as a maid. The scissor of envy and jealousy not only cut her hair but also cut her life into pieces. She remained in the dark room hungry and thirsty for three days with handcuffs and chain in the feet. And a day came when compassionate Bhagwan Mahavir came to Chandana's door. Chandana's sorrows ended. The female's self respect was awakened and the Princess Chandana who had become maid, became the leader of the biggest shramani sangh of Bhagwan Mahavir and showed the path of female's welfare to the world.
Mahasati Madanrekha -- (Preview this book)
Madanrekha was not only an idol of miraculous beauty but also the live goddess of good character and adventure. The king Manirath, greedy for her beauty becomes so much obsessed with her beauty that he kills his younger brother Yugbahu who was like his son. Madanrekha runs away in the forest alone to protect her character leaving behind the attachments for family, son, house and kingdom. She protects her character till the end facing troubles and fear at every step. In jain katha literature Sati Madanrekha’s (Mayanreha) character is very much inspiring, popular and full of ideals.
Miracles of Siddhachakra -- (Preview this book)
Worshipping of Navpad has great importance in Jain tradition. The figure showing the composition of Navpad is famous in the form of Siddhachakra. That's why meaning of worshipping Navpad and Siddhachakra are same i.e. to remember the self by worshipping the supreme powers. Mainasundari worshipped Navpad before thousands of years. Mainasundari is the symbol of unbelievable self confidence, total devotion and dedicating strength of knowledge towards karma theory. She showed the world that the soul itself is responsible for its happiness and sorrow and has to bear its own fruits. Mainasundari's pure devotion towards Navpad has become and ideal for many, so today also thousands of followers follow this in the form of Navpad Oli and experience prosperity in happiness and peace. In the present story ‘The Miracle of Siddhachakra’, a part of the life of Shreepal-Mainasundari is presented.
An Inspiring Story of Megh Kumar -- (Preview this book)
The description of Meghkumar's event is available in detail in the first chapter of Gyatasutra. The compassion and tolerance shown for a small creature and as a result the birth from animal life to human life touches the heart of reader and listener sensitively. Meghkumar is awakened after hearing his autobiography from Bhagwan Mahavir. He gives himself at the feet of Bhagwan with firm determination for the life time. And this event also tells about great fruits of "reverence for life".
Prince Shrenik -- (Preview this book)
"Shrenik, the king of Magadh was the leading most king amongst the followers of Bhagwan Mahavir. Jain history knows him as Shrenik Bhambhasar, while the historians describe him as Bimbisar Shrenik. Shrenik was very intelligent, brave and adventurous and also an expert ruler. Before he became the king, he wandered for a long period he and disappeared. The given picture story is limited up to the period Shrenik becomes the king. The credit of making Rajgruh a prosperous city of East India also goes to Shrenik."
Bhagwan Mallinath -- (Preview this book)
Bhagwan Mallinath slight aberration in the earlier birth this soul took birth as a woman. Her divine beauty and charm made her the object of attention and love for six powerful rulers. For this unparalleled beauty came marriage proposals from these six kings. The rejection of these proposals lead to a terrible war which was diplomatically avoided by the sharp intelligence of Princess Malli. In the eighth chapter of the Jnata-Sutra this story is available in greater detail.
Play of Fate -- (Preview this book)
In the volume number 13th of Diwakar Chitrakatha the first part of the interesting story of Shripal-Mainasundari was published under the title "THE MIRACLE OF SIDDHA-CHAKRA". That contains the incidents like Shripal's becoming a leper, his marriage with Mainasundari and finally getting cured as a result of his worship of NAV-PAD and the Ayambil penance. Being addressed as the King's son-in-law, one day works him and awaken his self respect. In order to achieve something he takes a resolve and sets out alone from his home. With him is nothing but his courage, valour, determination and zeal. The ups and down in the life of Shripal makes the story all the more gripping and exciting. It also provides an inspiration that those who are courageous in the face of troubles, who are friend and helpful to others, and steadfast in religions worship are blessed with happiness and fortune smiles on them.
Young Yogi Jambu Kumar -- (Preview this book)
Sixteen years before the Nirvan of Bhagwan Mahavir was born one such unique detached individual. This great man renounced unlimited means of pleasure and comfort, enormous wealth, loving care of his parents, and his eight beautiful and newly wedded wives on his wedding night and took to the harsh path of ascetic disipline. To discipline the mind is much more difficult than disciplining the body. The resolute young man who accepted this difficult path became famous in history as Jambu Kumar. The strong determination, sacrifice and detachment of young-yogi Jambu Kumar is famous as a unique example of ideal renunciation in Jain history; so much so that it is hard to find another such spiritually inspiring tale in the religious literature throughtout the world. All his eight newly wedded wives were so impressed by his preaching that they followed his suit. A die-hard smuggler like Prabhav heard his sermon and underwent a change of heart. He also followed Jambu Kumar and renounced the world along with his 500 fellow thieves. This astonishing incident happened during the first year of Nirvan of Mahavir (1 A.N.M. or 470 B.V. or 526 B.C.). It has become a memorable date in the history of mankind.
Sati Anjana Sundari -- (Preview this book)
There is an unbroken and pious tradition of such great women in India history. Sati Anjana Sundari is one such glowing bead of that string. The life of Anjana, the mother of the great warrior and pious soul Hanuman, is a touching story of unprecendented tolerance, courage and equanimity in face of grave afflictions. Anjana, the daughter of Vidyadhar King Mahendra, and the only sister of one hundred brothers, is maried to the valorous prince Pavananjai Kumar, son of King Prahlad. Even before this marriage, fate injects the venom of misery into her life. Immediately after marriage she is abandoned by her husband to face the torturous ebb and flow of life. But she maintains her equanimity believing the miseries to be the play of fate. She gives birth to Hanuman, a son as radiant as the Sun. This is one of the most touching tales in Jain literature. It is based on the famous work Trishashti Shalaka Purush Charitra.
Bhagwan Neminath -- (Preview this book)
Bhagwan Neminath (Arishtanemi), the 22nd Jain Tirthankar of this cycle of time, was born to Queen Shivadevi. Bhagwan Neminath had a unique combination of exemplary courage and valor as well as extreme compassion. His life was free of attachments and vices. It was as untainted as a lotus flower. His conduct was universally beneficent as if it was the Ganges of compassion and Ahimsa. Freeing the Yadav clan of its vices of hunting and consuming meat and alcohol to accept the pious way of life was one of his memorable achievements. He bolstered his message of vegetarianism and universal clemency by his own conduct of self-sacrifice. Here the pious life-story of Bhagwan Neminath is given.
Jagat Guru Shri Heer Vijay Suri -- (Preview this book)
In this world there are some towering personalities who are not only the prominent characters in history but also the makers of the history. In the sixteenth century of the Vikram era, Jain Acharya Shri Heer Vijaya Suri was one such person who left lasting imprints not only on the Jain history but also on the history of the subcontinent. He played a major role in shaping Indian history of his times. Akbar respected scholars and sages. His reverence for Jagat Guru Shri Heer Vijaya Suri reached a stage that people started commenting—Akbar has changed his religion from Islam to Jainism. Shri Heer Vijaya Suri had an extremely attractive and dominating personality. A devotee like Akbar repeatedly offered his services, "Guruji! What can I do for you?" His standard reply was, "Do good to others, offer amnesty to beings, remove the miseries of the masses, that is what you can do for me."
Reap What You Sow -- (Preview this book)
In Jain tradition there are 63 famous great men popularly known as Shalaka Purush. The period of Brahm-datt Chakravarti is believed to be sometime between the date of nirvana of Bhagavan Arishtanemi (post Mahabharat period) and the birth of Bhagavan Parshvanath. Historically speaking he must have existed sometime before 400 B.C. The life of Brahm-datt Chakravarti was filled with many ups and downs. The theme of the proverb one reaps what he sows has been explained with the help of the story of Brahm-datt Chakravarti in this picture-story. The attainments of a person depend upon his feelings and attitudes.
Awakening of Karkandu -- (Preview this book)
"The hero of this story is Karkandu the mighty king of Kalinga state. He was the son of King Dadhivahan of Champa. His mother was Queen Padmavati. However, circumstances forced him to be brought up by the family of Matang, a chandal or the caretaker of the cremation ground. Due to his inborn hereditary virtues Karkandu became a great ruler. He was instrumental in bringing about a revolutionary change in the that day society by turning the chandal clans into Brahmins by educating them. The incident is relevant even today because it gives the ideal message that social uplift can be effected by infusing values and virtues, and not just by being converted into a religious order or a clan. The whole life of Karkandu is the pronouncement of courageously accepting good conduct as the way of life and fearlessly following it. To recognize the ephemeral nature of human life just by looking at a groggy bull is a sign of the piety of his attitude."
The Sting of Word -- (Preview this book)
Bhagwan Mahavir has said–"The spoken word does not just influence the mind of a listener, the whole universe is agitated by the sound waves so generated." And so one should use his wisdom and sagacity to weigh his words before uttering. He should ensure that his words do not pinch or hurt others. Words can be more destructive than a bomb. Regarding the discipline of speech Bhagwan Mahavir has given a very important aphorism-never wound anyone by uttering anything that stings (like taunts or revealing secrets). A sting of word destroyed a happy family. The sting of words and gives the message that one should weigh his words before uttering and should speak only that what is good and pleasing.
Nand Goldsmith -- (Preview this book)
The feelings at the time of death play a vital role in erasing the spots of faults of the past life and ensuring a better next reincarnation. At the moment of death if a being has pure, pious and spiritual feelings he is sure to reincarnate as being which may be called an improved one. However, if at that moment the feelings are filled with anger, aversion, unstable and disturbed, the being is sure to suffer sorrows in his next life. This is called reincarnation based on the feelings of last moment. In Jnata Sutra, Bhagavan Mahavir has told the story of Nand Goldsmith as an example and indicated that a man should indulge in good deeds without any feelings of greed on desire for name and fame.
Ajatshatru Kunik -- (Preview this book)
The name of Ajatshatru Kunik, the son of King Shrenik Bimbsar of Magadh, finds mention in Indian history as a highly ambitious emperor who reigned some 2500 years back. He was highly impressed by the life and preaching of Bhagavan Mahavir. He even had a high degree of reverence for and faith in Bhagavan Mahavir. But the history he created under the overpowering drive of his unbridled desires presents him as a ruler with excessive imperialistic ambitions. In Jain literature he is mentioned as Ashokchandra Kunik and in Buddhist literature as Ajatshatru Kunik. In this story incidents from the life of Ajatshatru have been compiled from various Jain sources. This biographical sketch inspires the reader to control his desires and ambitions.
Do Good and Derive Good -- (Preview this book)
There is an established principle in the spiritual world—the source of pleasure and pain is one’s own soul. In the story of Aram Shobha out of the incidents of his earlier birth, the one about his father depriving his aunt of her wealth may appear to be an ordinary act but it bore bitter fruits like sudden loss of wealth and poverty. In the Sanskrit work Vardhaman Deshana while discussing the glory of the religion of Ahimsa and results of the acts of clemency the story of Aram Shobha has been given.
The Bird in a Cage -- (Preview this book)
This story of King Chandra is a famous and interesting tale in Jain literature. Here it has been presented very briefly on the basis of the famous poetical work Chandra Raja No Raas. The main characters in this story are King Chandra of Abhapuri, his step-mother Virmati and his two wives, Gunavali and Premla Lacchi. The reader will be caught in the well knit web of interesting and astonishing incidents making up the story. The story is mainly aimed at revealing the bitter fruits of karmas. During his earlier incarnation, Chandra had put a beautiful multi-coloured bird in a cage and tortured it for 16 Prahars (a measures of time equal to 3 hours). As a consequence, in spite being a human being, he had to spend 16 years as a cock. Thus this story inspiringly presents the principle—you reap what you sow—with the help of interesting incidents.
Heaven on Earth -- (Preview this book)
When behaviour changes, so does the world around. In this story this ideal concept has been turned into reality. Megh Kumar, the son of king Lakshmipati of Rangavati, is an ideal ruler. With the help of his intelligence, art, skill, attitude of clemency and charity, high moral character, and unrelenting truthfulness, he accomplishes many impossible deeds. He promulgates five strictures which are pertinent and useful even today. In order to protect his people and the cause of peace, he offers the ideal principles of trusteeship to invaders instead of surrendering. A king is not the master of his state and people, but a protector, guardian, or trustee. On the basis of these ideal principles he turns his kingdom into-the heaven on the earth or an ideal and bountiful state abounding in happiness and peace.
The Web of Desire -- (Preview this book)
Kapil was a poor Brahmin student. A simpleton. But caught into the trap of love of a slave girl, he tries to get 2mg. of gold for her; is taken to be a thief and arrested. When brought before the king he impresses the king with his truthfulness. The king is pleased and promises Kapil to give what he desires. Kapil's desire inflates. He thinks about what to seek; to ask so much that he has never to beg again. The train of thoughts ultimately leads him to a point where he is desirous of asking for the whole kingdom and still wanting. At last the direction changes and he comes out of the web of desire. He resolves to seek nothing. This story of freedom from the web of desire was told by Bhagavan Mahavir himself and thousands of listeners got enlightened.
Five Gems -- (Preview this book)
"Five Gems is the story of a merchant who became a millionaire by misusing the property of a poor Brahmin, entrusted to him. On the strength of his goodwill of honesty he deprived the trusting Brahmin of five invaluable gems. Deeply hurt by this violation of trust, the Brahmin died and reincarnated as a snake; it took its revenge by killing young and newly wedded sons of the merchant. Seeing the Soul and Consequence of Inflexibility, these two stories have been taken from the Jain Agam—Rai-pasheniya Sutra. These were told by Shraman Keshi Kumar to the agnostic king Pradeshi of Shwetambika city in order to inspire him to recognize soul and, understand truth and accept it without any bias. He who is adamant on his prejudices always repents in the end. All the three stories in this book inspire one to the quest for truth in life."
Arya Sudharma -- (Preview this book)
"In the modern Shvetambar tradition fifth Ganadhar Arya Sudharma occupies a very important position. He was the first Pattadhar (head of the order) of Bhagavan Mahavir’s order and the first leader in his spiritual tradition (Shrut parampara) and lineage of disciples (shishya parampara). The first propagator of the knowledge given by Bhagavan Mahavir, which is today preserved with us in the form of Agams, was Arya Sudharma. He gave the form of Sutras (scriptures) to the words (tenets) of Bhagavan Mahavir. The same tenets he transferred to his chief disciple Arya Jambu as knowledge. That is why he is accepted as the First Propagator of Agams. This comics has nice, interesting and authentic brief biography of the fifth Ganadhar Arya Sudharma Swami in light of historical facts. It is interesting, instructive as well as informative. We express our indebtedness."
Puniya Shravak -- (Preview this book)
In Jain literature samayik (a Jain system of meditation) is very famous. The meaning of samayik is the practice of the attitude of equanimity. The financial condition of Puniya Shravak was very ordinary. But still he earned his living by faultless labour and also as a rule offered food daily to a co-religionist. He was very content, upright and true follower of religion. Bhagavan Mahavir had praised his accomplished practice of samayik. As compared to his one samayik even the whole grandeur of emperor Shrenik was insignificant.
Bharat Chakravarti -- (Preview this book)
Bharat, the eldest son of the first Tirthankar, Bhagavan Rishabh Dev, was the first chakravarti emperor of this Avasarpini or the current regressive cycle of time. To annex the kingdoms of his ninety eight brothers and to fight with Bahubali was his Helplessness. He lead a life of a saintly king who moved from pleasures to abstention, violence to ahimsa, and euphoria of sovereignty to self discipline. The Jain tradition believes him to be a saintly king who attained omniscience in his glass palace after enjoying the lofty mundane status of chakravarti. According to the Jain narrative literature and Bhagavat Purana this subcontinent was named Bharat-kshetra (Bharat-varsh) after Rishabh’s son Bharat.
Sursundari -- (Preview this book)
There is no remark that in itself is insignificant or important; it is the intention concealed in the remark that is important. Sometimes even an insignificant remark becomes so important in one’s life that it changes the direction of life. In ancient Prakrit narrative literature there is a poetical saga titled ‘Sur-sundari Chariyam.’ It is the interesting story of Sur-sundari and Amar Kumar. Sur-sundari gave a fitting reply to the challenge by acquiring a kingdom with the help of her wisdom, courage, and strength of character. Thus an insignificant frivolous remark set forth an upheaval in her life.
Shrimad Rajchandra -- (Preview this book)
Shrimad Rajchandra’s genius was of a contemplative character, and yet the story of his life is not entirely uneventful. Till he was four years old, he was known as Laxminandan, but that was informally; he was, next, given the name Raichand. It was this independence of outlook and this capacity for the analysis of the accepted values of life, that attracted a young intellectual like Mohandas Gandhi to him and there were exchange of letters between Gandhiji and Shrimad, which left a deep impact on Gandhiji.
Saddal Putra -- (Preview this book)
Bhagavan Mahavir explained this doctrine of endeavour to Saddal Putra with practical logic. Consequently he was disillusioned with fatalism and became a true follower of the doctrine of karma. His faith in the true principles of Bhagavan Mahavir became so deep rooted that, all the efforts by Gaushalak failed to move him. Gods too took rigorous tests of his religiosity and he passed with flying colours. Till the end of his life he continued to be sincere in his religious pursuits. The source of this picture-story of Saddal Putra is Upasak-dasha Sutra. The second story is about Vijay Kumar and Vijaya. This couple took the vow of celibacy on the first night of their marriage and remained steadfast all their life.
Udayan and Vasavadatta -- (Preview this book)
During the reign of Udayan, Chandapradyot wanted to destroy Kaushambi. But hatred between the two kingdoms was forever ended by the stream of love created by Udayan and Vasavadatta. The story of Udayan is available in Trishashtishalaka Purush Charitra. Many Vedic and Buddhist authors have also written epics and plays based on this story; one of the better known works being the play 'Svapna Vasavadatta' by the great Sanskrit poet Bhasa. This picture story is based on the Jain version of the story of Udayan and Vasavadatta.
Kalikala Sarvajna Hem Chandracharya -- (Preview this book)
After Bhagavan Mahavir, many great, commanding, scholarly and altruistic acharyas have enriched Jain tradition. Amongst these the name of Acharya Shri Hem-chandra Suri is written in golden letters. Acharya Shri Hem-chandra Suri was a great man endowed with unique qualities. He was an accomplished scholar of Shrut (Jain scriptures). He enriched the storehouse of knowledge with his authentic and everlasting contributions on a variety of subjects including grammar, lexicography, dialectics, poetry, poetics, yoga, logic, and history. He was an ocean of knowledge. Besides this he enhanced the glory of Jain order by bringing Siddharaj and Kumarpal, the kings of Gujarat, under his influence and infusing love for Jainism in them. He brought about refreshing and revolutionary changes in religious, social and political fields. As a token of his respect for the unique talents of Hem-chandracharya, King Kumarpal of Gujarat honoured him with the title ‘Kalikal Sarvajna’. The effort of presenting important and inspiring events in the lives of Acharya Shri Hem-chandra Suri and King Kumarpal in a nut-shell in this picture story.
King Kumarpal and Hem-Chandracharya -- (Preview this book)
In the picture story titled Kalikaal Sarvajna Hem-chandracharya interesting incidents from the life of Acharya Shri Hem-chandra Suri were included. Kumarpal succeeded Siddharaj as ruler of Gujarat. Kumarpal was under the influence of Acharyashri since the very beginning. This added ideal virtues like love for knowledge, kindness for people, amnesty for beings, devotion for Jina and guru, and religious tolerance to his valiant personality. In this picture story we present to our readers the incidents that reveal these ideal virtues of king Kumarpal and the interesting story of public welfare activities of Acharya Shri Hem-chandra Suri.
Arya Sthulabhadra -- (Preview this book)
Sthulabhadra was a valourous and highly talented brave warrior. Besides being an Adonis he was an archer of high caliber and a great Vina (Sitar-like instrument) player. In spite of his youth, beauty, wealth, grandeur, accomplishments, and state honours he was a highly detached person. He once happened to attend the dance performance of Rupakosha, the famous courtesan. The proficiency in arts, divine beauty, and absolute devotion of Rupakosha ensnared even a detached person like Sthulabhadra in the trap of love. For twelve long years he remained away from home in the mansion of Rupakosha. He returned home only when the shocking news of his father’s demise awakened him to his family duties.
Mahayogi Sthulabhadra -- (Preview this book)
Mahayogi Sthulabhadra occupies a place pride of in the Jain tradition. Arya Bhadrabahu, the scholar of fourteen Purvas (subtle canons), imparted the knowledge of two chapters short ten Purvas complete with text and meaning to him. Of the remaining Purvas he was taught only the text. Arya Sthulabhadra was extremely sharp, intelligent, serene, and humble. He continues to be famous as a vanquisher of carnality to an astonishing degree. For twelve years he remained enchanted by her beauty and charm, but a sudden change with in made him completely detached at the youthful age of 30 years. He renounced the world and became an ascetic disciple of Arya Sambhutivijaya. Jain tradition expresses its adoration for Arya Sthulabhadra even today by reciting a couplet on all auspicious occasions — ‘Auspicious is the name of Bhagavan Mahavir and so is that of Gautama Prabhu. Auspicious are the names of Sthulabhadra and other ascetics and so is Jain religion.’
Emperor Samprati -- (Preview this book)
The names of Emperor Ashoka and his grandson Emperor Samprati occupy very important places in Indian history. Samprati enjoys almost the same eminence in Jain history that Ashoka enjoys in Buddhist history. Even after thousands of years, the exemplary contribution of Emperor Samprati towards spread of Jain religion and culture, in and outside India, still remains a bright and inspiring chapter in Indian history. The incident of Ashoka’s son Kunal getting blind finds mention at numerous places in ancient Jain scriptures including Churni (seventh century Vikram), Bhashya, and Tika. Also included along with are stories about past births of Samprati as well as his sending accomplished Shravaks to foreign lands for spreading Jain religion far and wide. As such, there cannot even be a shred of doubt about his historicity. This biographical sketch of Emperor Samprati’s life projects various human virtues like Kunal’s deep devotion for his father; the ideal compassion of Acharya Suhasti; Samprati’s devotion for religion, Jina, and guru; his important deeds of benevolence and, of course, his valour and diplomatic acumen. The story is based on the popular book titled ‘Samrat Samprati’ by Pandit Kashinath Jain. This book mentions numerous historical evidences.
Dadaguru Jina Kushal Suri -- (Preview this book)
The name of the four Dadagurus of the Jain Shvetambar Kharatar Gacch sect is written in golden letters in the list of efficacious acharyas known for there exemplary services to the Jain order. Of the four Dadagurus the name of the third Dadaguru, Shri Jina Kushal Suri today enjoys maximum popularity as the most altruistic and beneficent for masses and devotees. It was his astonishing determination and courage that he spent five years in Sindh, faraway from Marawar, the normal area of his activities, and worked for promotion of Jainism. In spite of the rule of Moghuls he persevered in his mission and succeeded. He converted more than 50,000 people to Jainism by making them abstain from vices like hunting and consuming meat and wine. Besides Muslim kings, Nawabs and hundreds of common Muslims his followers included thousands of Brahmins, Kshatriyas, etc. In this picture-story his life-sketch has been given in brief. Only a few out of the innumerable tales of his miraculous deeds have been included here.
Rishidatta -- (Preview this book)
The Story of Sati Rishidatta gives us the message that forgive even your offender and endure torments with equanimity considering them to be the fruits of your own deeds. The life story of Rishidatta is one of the most popular stories in Jain narrative literature. The tenth century Prakrit author Gunapala Muni of the Naail lineage wrote a book titled Isidatta Chariyam. Based on this work numerous books have been written about the story of Rishidatta in Sanskrit, Gujrati and Rajasthani languages. Rishidatta was the daughter of a hermit (Tapas Rishi). But later, under the influence of Dharmaghosh Acharya she accepted Nirgranth religion (Jainism).
Shalibhadra -- (Preview this book)
In Jain literature and culture the legendary wealth of Shalibhadra has become a proverb - \"Wealth like Shalibhadra\". But the fact is that his sacrifice or renunciation is even more astonishing than his mundane riches, beautiful and delicate body and good fortune. He was unique not only in terms of his wealth and luxury but also in detachment and yoga. To have such tremendous willpower, determination, forbearance, and tolerance is indeed astounding Bhagwan Mahavir has praised him with the epithet Mahasatvashali (endowed with paramount strength).
Nandishen -- (Preview this book)
"Nandishen was the son of King Shrenik of Magadh. After listening to the sermon of Bhagavan Mahavir he got initiated as an ascetic. He acquired many special powers through austerities. Once a courtesan made fun of his austerities. This provoked his subdued ego. Conceit leads to one’s downfall. The courtesan seduced the ascetic and he became a householder. While caught in trap of love, Nandishen’s soul still remained awake. One day he regained his spiritual awareness and returned to the path of self-control and austerities.
The second short story in this book is ‘Importance of Dress’. Whether it was the influence of the dress or the awakening of the inner piety but the impersonator disguised as an ascetic became a true ascetic and took to the spiritual path. The two stories included in this book inspire us to reverse the process of decline and climb the stair of spiritual rise."
Harikesh Bal -- (Preview this book)
Harikesh Bal was born in a poor and so called untouchable family. His dark complexion and fearful and bizarre appearance made him repulsive even to people of his own caste and clan. Over and above this, his angry and jealous temperament added fuel to the fire of his sorrow. With the blessings of a guru Harikesh Bal, the object of everyone's hatred, finds the path of austerities. He conquers his anger. Conquering his faults, he one day becomes an austere shraman (ascetic) venerated by gods. This story, presented in interesting style, is based on the Jain scripture Uttaradhyayan Sutra and its commentary. The importance of Jain principle of the goods deeds and not of caste has immensely helped towards welfare of humanity.
Shrut Kevali Acharya Bhadrabahu -- (Preview this book)
"Jain tradition has seen six Shrut-kevalis after Jambu Swami, the last omniscient. Shrut-kevali is one who is not an omniscient; but he is almost equal to an omniscient in knowledge because he has complete and profound knowledge of all the scriptures. Acharya Bhadrabahu was the fifth in the line of Shrut-kevalis who had complete knowledge of fourteen Purvas (the subtle canon.) Acharya Bhadrabahu's personality was very forceful and radiant. He occupies a place of great respect in both Shvetambar and Digambar traditions. He went into the mountain ranges in Nepal and practiced the Mahapran Dhyan, a higher spiritual practice of yoga. During his time the Nanda family ruled in Magadh. He was born in Pratishthanapur in southern India in the 94th year of Bhagavan Mahavir's nirvana (376 before the Vikram era or 433 BC). When he was 45 years old he was initiated as a Jain ascetic by Acharya Yashobhadra Suri in 331 BV (388 BC). He left his earthly body in 170 ANM (300 BV or 357 BC).
The source of this confusion appears to be the similarity of names. However, based on the popular oral tradition this incident has been mentioned in the Doghatti Tika of Upadesh Mala by Shri Ratnaprabh Suri (1238 V or 1181 AD). This book is based on that story."
King Pradeshi and Keshi Kumar Shraman -- (Preview this book)
In Rayapaseniya Sutra, a Jain Scripture, Bhagavan Mahavir has illustrated this by giving the example of King Pradeshi and Keshikumar Shraman. A non-believer and anti-religious person like Pradeshi, who was engrossed in sins including violence and passing death sentence even for minor crimes, turned into a great believer and highly religious person. He became a prophet of compassion and forgiveness; so much so that when he became aware that his queen had fed him poison-mixed food he remained calm and forgiving. He was neither sad nor angry at the queen. What brought about this change? The answer is- influence of pious company. In this picture story we have taken the story of King Pradeshi. Once Suryaabh god appeared before Bhagavan Mahavir and after paying homage displayed his divine opulence. At this Gautam Swami asked- "How this god acquired such grand divine opulence? What religious deeds he performed during his last birth?" In reply Bhagavan Mahavir narrated the story of his past birth and said that he was King Pradeshi then. And this was how his life changed.
Bhagwan Parshvanath -- (Preview this book)
In Jain religion among the twenty four Tirthankars, the first and the last were Bhagavan Risabhadeva and Bhagwan Mahavir respectively. The twenty third Tirthankar was Bhagavan Parshva Nath. There is no doubt that Bhagavan Parshva Nath was a historical personage. His historicity is accepted by all historians. He was born about three thousand years back in Varanasi (Kashi), the famous religious city in eastern India. Among men, women, young and old the name of Bhagavan Parshva Naath is as pious and blissful as that of Ganesh, the giver of wealth and power; Hanuman, the remover of troubles; and Shiva, the instantly benevolent. This is the reason that one of his names is Chintamani (the wish-fulfilling gem) Parshva Naath. Besides Jains, thousands of non-Jains also worship and adore Bhagavan Parshva Naath. The name of Prabhu Parshva Naath is extremely glorious and potent as panacea for everything.
Mahabal Malayasundari -- (Preview this book)
Queen Champakmala, the wife of King Viradhaval, was chaste and religious. His other queen Kanakamala was cruel and jealous by nature and was ever plagued by the evil intent of harming others. Malayasundari, the daughter of Champakmala, was also an embodiment of virtues like chastity, religiosity and tolerance. Mahabal Kumar, the son of king Soorpal, was a religious, noble, generous and brave young man. Kanakmala, the step-mother of Malayasundari made all efforts to create hurdles in the life of Mahabal and Malaya. Her intent was to cause them pain at every step. But noble and religious Mahabal-Malaya turned all these thorns into flowers. They faced every storm in life with courage and wisdom. They displayed their generosity by forgiving all misdeeds of the stepmother. One did not stop from being mean and the other displayed greatness through generosity. In the end the goodness and religiosity of Mahabal and Malayasundari won.
Atimukta Kumar -- (Preview this book)
The first story is - 'Sage Atimukta'. The story of his life is available in Antakritdashanga Sutra and Bhagavati Sutra. After rains ascetic Atimukta one day accompanied the senior ascetics to jungle for nature's call. Looking at flowing water his playful child nature surfaced. Raising a sand wall he blocked the flowing water and put his ascetic pots on the surface to float. Then he uttered with joy, "Float my boat! Float!" The moment senior ascetics saw this activity of Atimukta defying ascetic-discipline, anger was visible on their faces. Atimukta corrected himself and was remorseful of his deed. With earnest repentance he purified himself. When the ascetics returned to Bhagavan they told him about this incident and asked, "After how many rebirths he will get liberated?" Bhagavan said, "This is his last birth before he gets liberated. Though small in body, his soul is great." After vigorous austerities ascetic Atimukta attained liberation. The second story is about Arjuna Malakar. His story is available in the eighth section of Antakritdashanga Sutra. How a simple garland-maker (malakar) turned to be a cruel murderer and then how his life suddenly changed when he was about to hit Shravak Sudarshan merchant. He came to Bhagavan Mahavir's Samavasaran and after listening to the Sermon got initiated. From Arjuna Malakar he became ascetic Arjuna and took to the path of ascetic-discipline. As people knew him only as a ferocious murderer, they hit him angrily with sticks and stones when they saw him unarmed and dressed in white. Ascetic Arjuna endured all this with equanimity and forgiveness. Within a short period of six months he cut the Karmic bonds and got liberated. It is a unique and astonishing story.
Thus She Spoke -- (Preview this book)
King Bhoj was an expert of the language of animals, birds and insects. Once while eating, he heared the conversation of two ants and laughed. When the queen asked about the reason for his laughing, Bhoj remained silent. But when the nagging queen insisted, the King got disturbed. He proceeded toward the banks of Ganges, to embrace death. On the way he heard conversation of a goat couple and changed his mind. When the queen taunted and challenged, Bhoj resolved to marry princes Chauboli. With the help of his four friends he forced the princess to speak, married her and brought her to Dhara city. Thus the first queen got a co-wife due to her taunting comment. The story carries the message that one should always have control over his speech. The second picture story is about thief Rohineya. He was a famous bandit during the rule of King Shrenik. He was so cunning and deceptive that he was never apprehended. However, once he was accidentally caught by the police chief. He was produced in the king's court but in absence of evidence it could not be proved that he was Rohineya. Then Prime Minister Abhaya Kumar made a plan to force him to reveal his identity. Rohineya saved himself from Abhaya Kumar's trap with the help of just a few words of Bhagavan Mahavir he had heard in the past. King Shrenik had to release him. While returning he thought—'When just a few words of Bhagavan Mahavir were enough to get me released from the king's prison, following the path shown by him will certainly be highly beneficial.' With these thoughts he went to the religious assembly of Bhagavan Mahavir. Later, he got initiated and accomplished his sp