O! blessed souls ? if you want to realise salvation, be retentive of firm
Samyaktva in your mind. What is the need of external rites and rituals.
Samyaktva can be realised after long period of crores of years of endless
lives in the state of deeds- Karmas. Samyaktva is the guaranteed gate to
the salvation. Why do you not accept it ?
intensity a devotee (i.e. one having faith) is bestowed the sight of grace
that is the sole mother yielding all types of pleasures. Did Lord Mahavira
not practise that task for a farmer through holy Gautama ?
Once upon a time indulged in Vihara (moving) Lord Mahavira like a moving
wish - fulfilling divine tree, told holy Gautama.
! the poor farmer seen in front of us will get a great benefit from you.
So go (to him) quickly."
Gautama saying, "Okay" went
there and asked the farmer, "O, good man ! Are you fine ?"
"Why are you committing sins ? Why do you cause to bear the plough
uselessly ? These bullocks are poor and weak. Don't trouble them."
"Why are you pushing yourself into a disaster for this sinful family ? So
cross the ocean of worldly existence by resorting to the boat in the form
Thus like a tree burnt in a forest
conflagration gets sprinkled (and blossoms). He became overjoyed by his
nectar-like words, he said to holy Gautama.
"I am a very
poor Brahmin, staying in the nearby village. I have seven daughters
incarnated as it were the chains of sins.
"My wife is
like a burning wood of kher (thorny tree). What should I burnt by her do ?
What the foolish not do to fill up this stomach that is difficult to be
"Hereafter, you yourself are my brother,
mother and father. I will do as per your order. Your word will not turn in
Then, he who was offered the dress of a monk
accepted it wholeheartedly. Taking him along,
Gautama started going towards Lord Mahavira.
Brahmin said, "Where are we going ?" Gautama said, "To my preceptor
(Guru). Then he asked again, "Who is that venerable Guru whom you also
Then, Gautama told the qualities of an
Arihanta (Lord) to that farmer. Hearing those qualities and specially
viewing the greatness of Lord, that farmer monk attained absolute
When he gradually saw Lord Mahavira, with the
group of monks, he was possessed of extreme jealousy in his mind.
Gautama said to the monk, "Bow to Lord Mahavira. Then, that monk said to
Gautama, "If this is
your preceptor, then I have nothing to do."
my dress of a monk. I am going now, I am no more your disciple." Thus
saying, discarding the monk's dress, he closed his fist and ran away from
On seeing his typical deed (of discarding the
monk's dress) all gods including Indra, began to mock at him, saying, "See
what a great disciple Gautama has acquired !"
being ashamed a little in his mind, asked Lord Mahavira, "O Lord ! What is
this you got done through me ? Tell me the truth."
dear ! This man could break the knots of his ignorance through pondering
over the spiritual
virtues of the Arihanta. That truly is a benefit to you. But listen to why
this man was affected by jealousy towards me."
I was born as Triprstha Vasudeva the son of the king Prajapati in the town
At that time the king named Asvagriva
was Pratyardha chakri : Once, some astrologer predicted that, "Asvagriva
will die by the hands of Triprstha."
"Then, he started
envying Triprstha and planned some conspiracies to kill him. But all his
efforts went in vain."
"Once, a very mighty lion started
to cause nuisance in the field of paddy of King Asvasena and,
nobody was capable of killing that lion."
Then, on the
king's order the subordinate kings used to protect the field in turn. Once
there was the turn of the king Prajapati."
stopped his father king Prajapati from going and himself riding on a
speedy chariot with his driver went to guard the field.
On being challenged by Triprstha that lion attacked him. How can bold
beasts tolerate the challenge of man of this earth.
Strong and valiant Triprstha tearing off both mother-o-pearl like the jaws
of the lion made him half dead.
Then, the tutelary
deities in vicinity exclaimed cheers of triumph. But the lion started
cursing himself, "O ! I am defeated by a man !" .
the charioteer consoled the lion with sweet words, "This man who killed
you, is not an ordinary man. He is to become Vasudeva."
"Why do you lament when you are defeated by the best of men ? This one is
a lion among men in the world of mortals and you are a lion among beasts."
Hearing his words the lion was pleased and, died in meditation.
Thereafter, all those three (Triprstha, the charioteer and the Lion) ,
after wandering in the world (in the form of ocean.) were re-born (as
Mahavira, Gautama and the farmer) respectively.
Mahavira says to Gautama), "Mine is the soul of Triprstha. The soul of the
lion is the farmer and you are the soul of the charioteer. Such is the
drama of the cycle births.
You had satisfied this
(farmer) with sweet words formerly, so he got affectionate towards you and
I had killed him, so he became revengeful to me.
farmer attained absolute knowledge for an hour and a half from you and he
also took initiation. This farmer will attain salvation during the middle
period of Soul-transition." Hearing this, gods including Indra got
determined for absolute knowledge. So, O blessed souls ! you also hold the
spiritual vision for the long period.