Shri Amar Muni
SAMBHAVNATH BHAGAVAN -
A long time after the Nirvana of Bhagavan Ajitnath, the
city of Kshempuri in the Airavat area of Mahavideh was ruled by king
Vipulvahan. He was a soft hearted and compassionate ruler who loved and
cared for his subjects. Once when there was a devastating draught and the
population was deprived even of a few drops of water, the king opened his
grain yards for the public, his kitchen for the monks and ascetics and his
treasury for the import of food grains. He instructed the caretaker of his
personal kitchen that the doors of his kitchen should be open to all and
sundry. All guests should be given priority over himself. Whatever little
is left should be served to him. If nothing is left he would be contented
with the pleasure of serving his guests. During the drought there were
many occasions when the king remained unfed and thirsty.
As a result of this sublime feeling of compassion,
Vipulvahan acquired unique purity of soul and earned the
Trithankr-nam-and-gotra-karma. Although, after the drought normalcy
returned, the torture of the living world by the nature left a mark on
Vipulvahan�s psyche. One day while he was standing on the roof top he
witnessed dense rain clouds being scattered by wind. A feeling of intense
detachment grew in him. He handed over his kingdom to his son and took
Diksha from Svayamprabh Suri. After completing his age he reincarnated in
the Anat dimension of gods.
From the Anat dimension, the being that was Vipulvahan
descended into the womb of queen Sena Devi, wife of king Jitari of
Shravasti. While this being was still in the mother�s womb there were
sufficient rains and abundant crop. One day when the king and queen were
happily watching the lush green vegetation all around, from their roof
top, the king said, "My dear! This time even the waste-land is filled with
grain crop. It seems that all this that is impossible, has been made
possible (Sambhav) due to the auspicious influence of the pious soul you
carry in your womb. We shall call our son- Sambhav."
On the fourteenth day of the bright half of the month
of Margshrish, the queen gave birth to a healthy son and he was
ceremoniously named Sambhav Kumar. The little prince grew up in royal
comfort but he hardly ever took more than cursory interest in the
luxurious life style. At the appropriate age Sambhav Kumar was married and
coronated. After a long and peaceful reign he became an ascetic on the
fifteenth day of the bright half of the month of Margshrish. After a
fourteen year period of spiritual practices, he attained omniscience.
Arhat Sambhavnath gave his first discourse on the ephemeral nature of the
mundane existence. For a long period he worked for the spread of religion.
He got Nirvana on the fifth day of the bright half of the month of Chaitra.