Posted: 19.07.2011
 
A Story of Kundkundacharya Kundkundacharya was born in Kondkunde village during the first half of the first century A.D. He is known by five other names i.e. Padmanandi, Kundkund, Vakragriva, Elacharya and Grudhrapichchha. However, there prevails a difference of opinion regarding the authenticity of these names. But this much is certain that his name was Padmanandi but true to the Dravid tradition, he came to...
Posted: 19.07.2011
 
A Story of Suracharya Suracharya also occupies an important position among the first rank of versatile Acharyas (head of a medicant group) of the Solanki period in Gujarat. His scholarship was profound while his poetic power was matchless. In his teaching, he never allowed or tolerated any short-coming or lethargy. In case any of his pupils made mistakes in his lesson, he was beaten with a wooden stick of a...
Posted: 04.07.2011
 
A Story of Acharya Hirvijaysuri Once Emperor Akbar was looking towards the main road from the balcony of his royal palace in Fatehpur Sikri. Meanwhile he saw a huge procession passing by, wherein at the centre a Jain laywoman (shravika) named Champa sat in splendour and attired in expensive clothes. On inquiry, the emperor came to know that the shravika had undertaken fast for 6 months during which she had...
Posted: 04.07.2011
 
A Story of Acharya Padliptasuri Acharyashri Padliptasuriji's life is an illustrious example of rare combination of miracles achieved through unusual power and books composed on the strength of imagination. He was born in Ayodhya situated on the banks of Saryu and Ganga. Fullachandra, his father was a rich businessman of the town and Pratima, his mother was a beautiful and virtuous woman. It was because of...
Posted: 06.06.2011
 
A Story of Shasansamrat Shri Vijaynemisuri Acharyashri Vijaynemisurishwarji had earned the title of the most competent Suri Chakravarti of the twentieth century. Right at the beginning of his saintly life Acharyashri had identified aims of his life, first of which was enhancement of knowledge. Besides preservation of scriptures, book-writing and publishing, he also provided useful guidance regarding systematic...
Posted: 06.06.2011
 
A Story of Shri Shayyambhavacharya Shri Prabhavswami, a great disciple of Jambuswami, was worried about his successor as he was getting old. Acharyashri Prabhavswami himself had taken over the Acharyapad (head of a medicant group) at a very old age of ninety four so he was anxiously looking for some deserving person to whom the responsibilities of Shrisangh (congregation) could be entrusted. Finally his search...
Posted: 07.02.2011
 
A Story of Acharya Mandevsuri A monk’s way of life leads to upliftment and well-being of the self and the society. Laghushanti Stava always sung by the Jain community, is composed by Mandevsuri for the well-being of the shreesangh. Having listened to the sermons of Pradhyotansuriji, he felt an inclination for renunciation. He made a deep and intensive study of the scriptures in a very short time and mastered...
Posted: 07.02.2011
 
A Story of Acharya Mantungsuri Bhaktamar stotra composed by Acharyashri Mantangsuriji, is the most beautiful high peak of stotra literature of India. Composed with intense devotion and spiritual approach, it is being popularly sung for more than 1300 years. Composed in Vasanttilaka meter in melodious and moving tunes, this stotra (devotional song) is being recited daily by thousand of devotees with great...
Posted: 13.12.2010
 
A Story of Acharya Jindattasuri Shri Jindattasuri (also called Jinadatta Suri) is renowned as a great and leading acharya having profound impact on Jain religion. Since his early childhood his mother Vahaddevi used to take him to religious discourses and by listening to the most inspiring religious tales, he thought of renunciation. As a result, he expressed his desire to accept a monk’s way of life. The...
Posted: 13.12.2010
 
A Story of Acharya Kalaksuri In the history of Jain religion Acharya Kalaksuri (Kalaka Suri) had a remarkable insight with regard to the religious scriptures. He had a revolutionary outlook and approach. One thing that strikes most in his life is his constant insistence on performance of duty. Without expecting any assistance from any quarters, he incessantly struggled to achieve his goal. Acharya Shri...
Posted: 06.12.2010
 
A Story of Acharya Shri Haribhadrasuri Acharya Haribhadrasuri, a great author with powerful personality, had written many books in Sanskrit and Prakrit. His versatile scholarship, unmatched knowledge, acute critical faculty and mastery of language have earned for him a distinguished place in the history of Indian literature. The 1444 books deemed to have been written by him are regarded as the most valuable...
Posted: 06.12.2010
 
A Story of Hemachandracharya Kalikalsarvagna Hemchandracharya made extraordinary contribution for a long spell of seven decades to varied fields like poetry and grammar, history and puran, yoga and spiritual knowledge, lexicon and poetics, renunciation and penance, self-restraint and self-discipline and the state welfare and popular welfare. During the last 1000 years, there is no other personality that can...
Posted: 22.11.2010
 
A Story of Acharya Dharmagoshsuri Arya Shri Dharmaghoshsuriji’s life is full of miracles. When Virdhaval was very busy with worldly life, some external cause inspired him to go for renunciation. Just at a moment when Virdhaval was getting married, he adopted white dress as a token of renunciation. With his brother Bhimdev, Virdhaval accepted initiation from Devendrasuri in 1246 CE in Vijapur (North Gujarat)...
Posted: 02.11.2010
 
A Story of Acharya Bhadrabahuswami Shrutkevali (knower of all the canonical literature) Shri Bhadrabahuswami was the seventh in the line of pattadhars (chief disciple) of Lord Mahavir. Reputed Acharya Yashobhadra’s disciple as he was, he had the knowledge of 14 purvas (early canons). At the age of 45 years he accepted the life of penance and restraint, in the presence of Acharya Sambhut Vijayji he was...
Posted: 30.10.2010
 
A Story of Acharya Manatunga The Author of भक्तामर स्त्रोत (Bhaktamar Stotra), Acharya Manatunga, was a talented scholar, eminent missionary and prodigious ascetic. Each and every word of Bhaktamara reveals his enlightening devotion and infinite faith in the Lord Jina. In the year 1100 AD there was a great king Bhoja in Ujjain city of Malva. King Bhoja was a learned king of...
Posted: 29.10.2010
 
A Story of Acharya Um ā Svāmi ( Umāsvāti) Umā Svāmi is held in high estimation by the two main sections of the Jainas. Each section gives a different account of the life of the author of his great work. Umasvami wrote most sacred literature on jainism mainly Tattvārthādhigama Sūtra and Tattvārthā Sūtra. A Sloka found in Tattvārthā Sūtra at the end confirms that Umasvami was the author of the...
Posted: 28.10.2010
 
A Story of Acharya Kundakunda मंगलं भगवान वीरो, मंगलं गौतमो गणि। मंगलं कुन्दकुन्दार्यो, जैन धर्मोस्तु मंगलम्॥ ma ṅ galaṃ bhagavāna vīro, maṅgalaṃ gautamo gaṇi | maṅgalaṃ kundakundāryo, jaina dharmostu maṅgalam || Bhagawan Mahavir is auspicious; Ganadhar Gautam...
Posted: 27.10.2010
 
A Story of Ganadhar Sudharma Swami Ganadhars (or Ganadhara) are the immediate disciples of a Tirthankar. Bhagawan Mahavir had eleven Ganadhars. All of Bhagawan Mahavir’s monks were divided into 11 groups and each group was placed under a Ganadhar. When Bhagawan Mahavir attained Nirvana, only two of the eleven Ganadhars were still living, the first Ganadhar, Gautam-swami and the fifth Ganadhar, Sudharma-swami...
Posted: 26.10.2010
 
A Story of Acharya Anathi Muni Magadh King Shrenik Bimbisar set out for forest-outing riding a horse. As he entered Mandikuli garden, he saw a saintly person in meditation under a tree. He was surprised at the sight of such a pleasant face with glowing forehead and was impressed by the monk. The king wondered as to what heart-rending and shocking experiences of worldly life might have led him to forsake joys...
Posted: 25.10.2010
 
A Story of Acharya Chandarudra In the evening time, some youths who had set out for fun and frolic, arrived at the upashraya (a place for Jain monks and nuns to stay) of Muni Chandarudracharya. Old and angry Shri Chandarudracharya was staying at the upashraya. These youths, out of mischief, wanted to play some joke on this elderly saint. One of the mischievous youths was to be married soon and his marriage was...
Posted: 04.10.2010
 
A Story of Ganadhar Gautamswami In the year 607 B.C. the Brahmin couple Vasubhuti and Prithvi Gautam (family name) lived in the village of Gobargaon; they had a son named Indrabhuti. Indrabhuti was tall and handsome. He had two younger brothers named Agnibhuti and Vayubhuti. They all were well educated in the Vedas and other common rituals of this early age and they became famous scholars in the state of...
Posted: 01.10.2010
 
A Story of Acharya Hemachandra Acharya Hemchandra was born in 1088 A .D. into the Modha Vanik (merchant) caste, in the town of Dhandhuka, sixty miles from the city Ahmedabad in Gujarat State. His parents were Chachadev and Pahini. When Pahini was pregnant, she had a beautiful dream. She narrated her dream to Acharya Devasuri, who was in Dhandhuka at that time. The Acharya said that Pahini was to give birth to a...
Posted: 21.09.2010
 
A Story of Acharya Bappabhattisuri Bappabhattisuri was versatile in interpretation of scriptures and a model of celibacy. He was born in 743 A.D. in village Duva in Banaskantha. As a child he was known as Surpal. Once when Acharya Siddhasensuri had a stay in Modhera, he happened to have a dream of a young lion leaping over a place of worship. Next morning when he went to the Jain temple and saw a bright-looking...
Posted: 20.09.2010
 
A Story of Abhayadevsuri Abhayadevsuri ji has earned immense fame by composing Sanskrit commentaries on 9 of the Jain agamas (Jain canonical literature). These commentaries provide a key to the innermost deep meaning of Jain agama literature. Besides being brief and well-worded, these commentaries depict and discuss many topics. Thus his name ranks at the top of those Acharyas who have written books with a view...

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