There was a city named Ujjayini located in the country - Bharat which was
superior to even heaven. Some verywealthy trader master named Hastimitra
was living in this city.
Hastamitra's wife named
Daxacadhi who was like a treasure of fortune and dearer than his life,
died young and immatured.
Once thinking "This world is
pith less" he got detached so with his son Hastibhooti he accepted
ascetism through some monk.
Once both father and son
started wandering with saints from Ujjayini. Proceeding to Bhojkat they
reached a vast forest.
In the dense forces a pointed
throun penetrated in to Hastimitra's foot, so he could not walk any
After a while having been doubtful for life
Hastimitra muni said to the saints under his resort.
all go a head cross the forest as soon as possible. I am unable to walk
any further so I shall do fasting only here.
such words uttered by Hastimitra monks said, "Oh Hastimitra ! do not be
distressed, we shall place you on our backs and go together."
Lords Jineshwars controlling the passing of attachment and jealously have
considered Vaiyavachh i.e. selfless service the best religious deed But
the opportunity to serve the sick is not easy to obtain without the
collection of the past charitable deeds.
We shall treat
you quite willingly as you are afflicted with a severe pain. ON hearing
the munis words Hastimitra full of virtnes said to them.
You are right but now my death is approaching so do not take pains in vain
by lifting me up.
More over in this forest cruel beasts
are found wandering here and there. Many hardles are here. There for it is
not safe or advisable to live long here in the forest with a group-gahha.
On saying thus Hastimitra observed fasting and asked for apology to all
the monks and immediately sent off persistently all with the team.
Then those monks, even though knowing Hastimitra's son's desire to live
only there, took him together, but Hastimitra stayed alone in the cave of
Hastimitra's son went far with the monks.
Some day he having cheated them came back to his father because love is a
self proven means of attraction which does not require the resort to any
On his son's return Hastimitra said to him, "Dear
son ! is not befitting for you to have come to me deserting all the
In this forest nobody is to offer food or water
which may suit you, so you too will die there afflicted with hunger and
On hearing the father's words the son said,
"Father ! what may come in your presence only, but I will not leave you
hare along in such a plight."
Then Hastimitra muni on
the very day afflicted iwth pain chanted Panch Parmeshthi Namaskar - the
great Mantra and expired an was reincarnated as a god in the heaven.
Even after his father's death he did not accept that, he believed him to
be alive. Here the god through Avadhi Knowledge knew his past birth.
That god formed Hastimitra saw his own body and son there only. To show
mercy upon him he reentered his body and spoke.
! go for alms. The son asked where he should go for it. The god replied
and advised to go to the tree a banyan tree.
on the trees will provide you with food and water. His candid son
believing the words went under the tree.
Then he uttered
loudly "Dharma Labha" and stood under the tree. Then a hand beatified with
ornaments emerged out from the tree and gave him alms-food.
Thus Hastimitra was daily supplying him food and affectionately everyday
after his lunch was talking with him.
After some period
in Bhojkat country there was a very diresome famine so it became very
difficult for the monks to get foot etc.
Because of the
famine in Bhojkat country it became very hard for the hermits to have
food. Then the next year these hermits by the way seen before, set out for
The hermits proceeding to Malva state
approached the same forest. On seeing Kshullak there
they asked him, where do you live ? How do you manage for food ?
Kshullak said,"I always live with my father I got food from the land
stretched before me through
How does an old monk-Hastimitra live up till
now ? All the monks went to see him. they found
his dried up thin body.
Then all the monks thought that
Hastimitra muni has certainly died and reincarnated as a god.
because of attachment with his son he has been protecting him with food
In this regard some monks said that boy had
not faced hunger pangs but the old monk Hastimitra having fortitude more
than even a mountain tolerated the pangs of hunger.
hermits said that son too has faced the hunger pain because he did not
desire for food or fruit consuming even under availability of the food
suited to him.
Hastibhooti Acharya seeing thus a young
monk getting food from a god observed Alochana and Pratikraman i.e,worship
and walked further with monks.
Thus these two monks
toleraed terrible pangs of hunger. The pious and dynamic people too
should bear the panges of hunger.