An Introduction To Terapanth: [04] First Place Of Sojourn - Crematorium

Published: 11.11.2008
Updated: 12.11.2008

Muni Bhikanji and his fellow monks did not get any place in the town to stay, so they decided to go to some other village. When they arrived in the outskirts of the town, a tremendous sandstorm broke out. The storm was so severe that the monks could not travel further. Since there was no other place to stay in the outskirts of the town, Muni Bhikanji decided to sojourn at a crematorium there, which was known as ‘Jait singhji ki chhatri.’ (A monumental structure built in memory of the dead king). A crematorium would be the place of rest for an ordinary person, but Muni Bhikanji selected as his first resting place.

The other day, when Acharya Raghunathaji came to know that Muni Bhikanji was staying in the crematorium, he, with some of his followers, there and said “In this fifth era, it is difficult to conform to the hard rule and regulation as prescribed in the canonical literature, so give up obduracy for following them and let us all unite.

Muni Bhikshu asserted, “It is not proper to use the ‘fifth era’ as an excuse for laxity in conduct. All the rules and regulation, whether hard or easy, ought to be observed even during this era. I request you to think deeply over this matter again” Acharya Raghunathji could not accept Bhikanji’s request. Thus, he failed to dissuade Bhikanji from his staunch resolve to follow the path of conduct as per canons. However, his failure resulted in fury, and ultimately, he warned Bhikanji to prepare himself for the worse consequences.


JVB Ladnun © 2007 Editor: Prof. Muni Mahendra Kumar

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