Religion is the only inexhaustible treasure of pleasure and wealth.
Religion is good for oneself and others even in the next world. Who would
decrease the respect for the religion after having heard the life story of
In the city Sarvamangala there lived a king
named Bhadrasekhara, the tormenter of all the enemies.
Once when the king was sitting with his family in the royal assembly, an
astrologer knowing the past, present and future, came there.
He took his seat as shown by the king and raising his hand blessed all.
The king asked, "Your Hainess, How is the future ?" Then he said, "O King,
do not ask it now."
The king asked specifically ,"Will
there be any natural calamity ?" Then the astrologer said," Yes, there
will be a twelve year long famine."
On hearing the words
like an untimely fall of a thunder bolt, the king being dejected said,
Holiness, please calculate properly before you speak out."
The astrologer spoke in the presence of all the members of the assembly,
"If my words turn out to be take you may cut my tongue."
On hearing his firm promise the king kept him somewhere in his capital and
he was not allowed to go anywhere.
Due to respect for
everyone all the people went even abroad and hoarded grains taking the
need of family in notice.
And all the people did not
care for their own wealth and began to hoard grains because the human life
can be sustained only through grains.
Then the summer
elapsed and the monsoon started. All the people began to stare at the sky
in hope of water but the cloud, did not shower rain.
people got frightened with the idea of famine, because the set up of the
religious rites depend upon the fine time.
When on the
second day of the first half of the month of Sravana there appeared a
cloud in the north all the people stood before it.
People began to play instruments. They also began to sing and dance. At
the same time as if drawn by the luck of the people the cloud rained.
The king said to the foreteller, "This time your prophesy has come untrue.
I shall cut up the tongue of a prattler."
"O King !
please wait till some learned monk - Muni meets and will decide after
debate and discussion. If my prophesy is proved false you may cut my
Farmers having been pleased began farming. As
the religious people sow the seeds of religion in the hearts of the
deserving, the farmers began to sow the seeds in the fields.
That year in comparison to the past years crops were produced double. The
ruler and the citizens, both were rich in crop.
after the month of Karttika was over, during the winter, some learned
preceptors came over there.
The ruler with the subjects
and the foreteller went to salute preceptors. There the king asked the
reason of the foreteller's false prophesy.
preceptors said,"O, King, there live a merchant named Dhanadatta and his
wife named Dhanesvari in your city. They gave birth to a son pleasing all
and by his glory it has rained for the joy of the people like you.
This one in his birth, was very poor living somewhere by begging previous.
Once on seeing a monk- he was pleased and bowed to him.
"Of Course, you do not have any wealth, so you take some vows". This the
monk said to him. Then he took some vows like bowing to the god and
gradually by luck he became wealthy.
earlier condition he set up centres for free food and water to remedy
people's hunger and thirst.
Being wealthy, he satisfied
lacs of people from the poorest to the richest, including thousands
He continued the meritorious act of alms
giving constantly, so in this birth, he became the supporter of all the
If this child would not have been born it would
have been a famine. In other places also this year there were less the
"So this foreteller is right. Do not insult him"
on hearing this, the king was surprised and after bowing to the holy monks
he went home.
The king asked to bring the child and
declared him as a king, because the wise never hesitate
in the appropriate behavior.
According to the law-books,
"he on whose support the people to live happily and prosperously
is rightly defined as a King".
Brilliant like the rising
sun he was named Dharmaraja by the King and the people.
Wherever he ruled there was no famine. He used to carn gold by selling
grains in other countries.
Thus the pious king
Dharamraja worshipping Lord Jinesvara for a long time, got initiated and
attained the bliss.