Journey into Jain Aagam: Spiritual Wealth

Published: 17.11.2017

Once upon a time, there was a well-known king, Dashaarna Bhadra, who ruled over a very prosperous kingdom, Dashaarnapur. One day, a messenger came to his court to inform him about the arrival of Lord Mahavir in his city. He was delighted to receive this message. Then and there, he bowed his head as a token of respect for Lord Mahavir and rewarded the messenger.

King Dashaarna Bhadra was very proud of his status and prestige. He wanted to show his wealth and power to Lord Mahavir. He wanted to become the first person to visit Him in order to show his fascinating and glamorous lifestyle as well as his pride, wealth and power. He was looking forward towards Lord Mahavir's Samavasaran.

Next morning, he dressed up in his best clothes and adorned his body with precious jewels and ornaments. His five hundred queens also accompanied him along with his four-fold army Thousands of citizens too, followed him. With dancers dancing with the drumbeats, singers performing in their melodious voices, trumpets announcing the king's arrival with such pomp and show, the procession moved forward. They finally arrived at Lord Mahavir's

The king arriving at Lord Mahavira's Samavasaran with his queens and army

When indra, the king of gods, came to know about this incident, he thought that Dashaarna Bhadra should be awakened and made to realize the momentariness of this material world. So indra went to Lord Mahavir's Samavasaran with all his ostentation and glory to outshine Dashaarna Bhadra.

After seeing Indra's prosperity Dashaarna Bhadra thought, "How petty I am, I was proud of my prosperity, my wealth, my status, my power and my kingdom, indra would have performed good deeds in his previous birth, as a result he had achieved this enormous prosperity in heaven." His unconscious mind became aware of the fact and thought that, he should also perform some good deeds to do his spiritual upliftment. This thought affected his mind, soul and heart very deeply. He became detached from this material world and decided to leave it. With the blessings of Lord Mahavir, he became a monk.

Indra praised Dashaarna Bhadra and said, "You have proved that your spiritual wealth is more precious than my material wealth."


Jain Stories

Title: Journey into Jain Aagam
Author: Sadhvi Vishrut Vibha
Publisher: Jain Vishwa Bharati
Edition: 2001

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  1. Bhadra
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  5. Pride
  6. Samavasaran
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