02.09 ►The Eighth Doubt - Existence of The Infernal

Posted: 09.04.2018
 
Next Akampita visited Mahavira. Addressing him, Mahavira said, " You doubt the existence of hell dwellers. Look, there are souls who commit acts of intense demerit. The enjoyers of the fruits of mild and medium demerits are humans and animals, so there must also be some souls that enjoy the fruits of intense demerit: they are the hell dwellers." Akampita: "Why can't animals and humans enjoy the fruits of...

Indrabhūti Gautama

Posted: 03.05.2016
 
Date of Birth 605 B.C. Birth Place Gobbara Village near Rājagṛha, the seat of power of Magadha Kingdom Gotra (lineage or status) & Caste Gautama Gotra and Brahmin Birth Star Jyeṣtha Father's Name Vasubhūti Gautama. According to Digambara tradition, it is Sandilya Mother's Name Pṛthvī Name of the middle brother Agnibhūti Name of the younger brother Vāyubhūti Education Studied completely all the 14...

Lord Śrī Mahāvīra (III)

Posted: 25.04.2016
 
The 14th Year as Kevalī From Campā the Lord left for Videha. At Kākandī city, the householder 'Khemaka' and 'Dhṛtidhara' took initiation and observing restraint and austerities for 16 years, in the end both became enlightened at the Vipula hill. Wandering, the Lord reached Mithilā and stayed there for the rainy season. Completing that, passing through Aṃgadeśa, the Lord reached Campā city and...

2.3 ► Vardhamana Mahavira

Posted: 16.11.2015
 
It is often observed that 'the period from the eighth to the sixth centuries BCE was particularly rich in charismatic religious personalities. In Israel during this period there were the prophets Amos, Hosea, Micah, Isaiah and Jeremiah, to name the more outstanding; in Persia there was Zarathustra, and in India the Buddha and Mahavira. This was an age of intellectual ferment across the world: In Greece, we see...

39. Eleven Learned Brahmins’ Arrival To Interprete The ‘Sastras’

Posted: 18.06.2015
 
39. Eleven Learned Brahmins’ Arrival To Interprete The ‘Sastras’ Bhagavan had first of all eleven disciples known as ‘Ganadharas’. They approached Bhagavan as learned Brahmins. It is main peculiarity that Tirthamkara Mahavira’s first ad chief disciples were Brahmins. It teaches us that there is no caste difference in Jaina religion so the picture will encourage Brahmins and Jainas to come close...

80-84 Questions & Answers

Posted: 29.07.2011
 
80. Question: What power does the soul of human being possess to get a high position? Answer: The high positions are two, one secular and the other spiritual. The secular position are such as of Indra, Chakravarti, Vasudeva, Baldeva, Mandlik Raja etc. The doing of the aforesaid 35 things enable one to attain this position. The powers in soul to attain the spiritual position viz. that of God, are the ways in...

[03] Organization of the Monastic Order

Posted: 28.11.2008
 
The Monastic Order of Jains was governed by self-discipline. It was divided into nine ganas or sub-divisions. Eleven ganadharas directed these sub- divisions. Seven sub-divisions had a single head each. Indrabhuti, Agnbhuti, Vayubhuti, Vyakta, Sudharma, Mandita and Mauryaputra were the Ganadharas of the first seven ganas respectively. The remaining two were governed by two ganadharas each. Akampita and...

[06.02] Egalitarianism (1)

Posted: 30.08.2005
 
Chapter 6 Transvaluation ourteen thousand monks and thirty-six thousand nuns were initiated in the Order founded by Bhagavan Mahavira. Lakhs of persons adopted the minor vows and became Sravakas (lay followers). The number of his followers, admirers and supporters was even larger than that and included many well-known personalities of that age. Bhagavan Mahavira considered casteism as irrational and...

[05.05] The Organization of the Monastic Order

Posted: 28.08.2005
 
Chapter 5 Foundation Of Religious Order hagavan Mahavira was the apostle of ahimsa (non-violence) and equality. Freedom is the concomitant result of ahimsa. Bhagavan Mahavira propounded the path of emanci­pation. This path comprises of spiritual discipline and self-control, but it is free from all kinds of regimentation. Bhagavan Mahavira eschewed compulsion in the organization of the monastic order. It was...

[04.15] Second Sermon: Eleven Theses (2)

Posted: 23.08.2005
 
Chapter 4 Kaivalya (Omniscience) And The Bhagavan's Sermons ayubhuti was the third to come. Bhagavan Mahavira expounded to Vayubhuti the duality of the soul and the physical body. He said, "You are sceptical about the duality of soul and body. This is because you cannot know the subtle things by means of gross things. The human body is gross and material, whereas the soul is subtle and non-material. If they...