Tirthankara Bhagawan Mahavira ► 05. Cyavana-Kalyanaka (The Auspicious Event Of Conception) [Lie.26-27th]

Posted: 15.05.2015

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05. Cyavana-Kalyanaka (The Auspicious Event Of Conception) [Lie.26-27th]

It is only as a human being that a soul can attain perfection. But such perfected souls, tirthamkaras of Arhats, come from heaven of hell, Where they had preceding birth. Bhagavan Mahavira was a god in the Pranata Kalpa of the Vaimanika Nikaya (a celestial region) in his preceding birth. At the proper time he entered a foetus in the womb of Devananda, a Brahmin person of Jalandhara Gotra ad wife of Rsabhadatta of Kodala Gotra and a leader of Brahmanakundapura - a suburb of Vaisali. This apostle of Ahimsa was born for the uplift of all souls in the three worlds. The five land-marks in his life are:

  1. Conception,
  2. Birth,
  3. Initiation
  4. Attainment of omniscience (Kevala-Jnana) and
  5. Attaining liberation.

These five are termed as Panca-kalyanakas in the Jain scriptures.
This illustration depicts the first Kalyanaka (Cyavana)- the descent in the foetus.

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Title: Tirthankara Bhagawan Mahavira
Artist: Gokuldas Kapadia
Publishers: Jain Sanskruti Kala Kendra & Shri Parshwa Padmavati Trust, Bombay

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