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Journey into Jain Aagam: Inspiration Generates Enlightenment

Published: 23.11.2017

Once, two Brahmans, named Jayghosh and Vijayghosh lived in the city of Varanasi. Both of them were well versed in the Vedas.

One day, Jayghosh went to take a bath in a river. There he saw that a snake had caught a frog in its mouth and was trying to swallow it.

Jayghosh accepting the path of renunciation on seeing the painful fight of frog, snake and bird.

Just then, a Kurura bird saw the snake, caught it and tried to swallow it. As the Kurura bird was swallowing the snake, the pain of the frog, which was being eaten by the snake increased. Watching this painful sight, Jayghosh's heart was filled with unbearable sorrow, which changed him, and he accepted the path of renunciation from a Jain monk.

ayghosh wandered from village to village and finally came back to Varanasi, where he stayed in a garden situated in the outskirts of the town. There, he undertook a fast for a month. On the day of his paarana, he went to the city for alms. At that time, his brother, Vijayghosh was performing a sacrifice. He had invited Brahmans from various places and a variety of food dishes had been prepared.

When Muni Jayghosh reached the enclosure of the sacrifice for alms, Vijayghosh said, "I shall not give you alms, seek alms in some other place. This food is reserved for those who are scholars of Vedas, sacrifices, astronomy and religious scriptures and are capable of uplifting their own soul as well as the souls of other people."

Vijayghosh refusing Jayghosh to give alms and food.

The great monk, Jayghosh, remained calm, even though he was refused alms and insulted. He tried to preach and explain to Vijayghosh that one could neither become a shraman by wearing a uniform nor a Brahman by repeating Ora, neither a monk by residing in a forest nor a hermit by wearing robes of kushghass. Further he said, "One becomes a shraman by equanimity, a Brahmin by celibacy, a monk by gaining knowledge and a hermit by performing austerities."

Listening to these great words of Jayghosh, Vijayghosh got enlightened. This freed him from the bondage of Karma. He realized his own mistake regarding the conditions and attributes of asceticism. He accepted monkhood and finally both the brothers attained liberation.


Jain Stories

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

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