Men achieve happiness and wealth merely out of desire to bow at the feet
of lord Jinesvara. For example even a frog desirous of bowing at the feet
of Lord Mahavira became an affluent god in the heaven.
In the city named Rajagrha there lived a wealthy jeweler merchant called
Nandi who received the initiation (of at house holder) and Jaina used to
practice it daily in the following manner.
daily religious rites like samayika, pratikramana, pausadha etc. and being
keen for salvation used to spena his time.
summer he observed three fasts with pausadha. By the end of the three
fasts he felt at night thirsty and began to think.
wealth of those who get wells, ponds etc. filled with water is praise
worthy as it serves all the beings.
After that Nandi
Manikar sheth after a accomplishing pausadha in the morning, ended fasting
and got a beautiful - well shaped well constructed.
Spending much money he got constructed the free-food-supply-centers,
hermitages, temples and gardens all around the step-well.
Due to his being attached to that well, his respect for religion got
decreased and in his old age he was afflicted by and suffered from sixteen
types of diseases difficult to be cured.
diseaserlike coughing Ashthama, fever, burning with pain in stomach,
fistula, anaamin, digestion, dim sight, backache, lack of appetite,
itching, dropsy, headache, ear pain and leprosy are enumerated as serious
diseases in the scriptures.
As his mind was deeply
attached to that well, the jeweller Nandi was reborn as a frog in that
well. Which is that intelligence who is not ignored by his Karma ?
Once on seeing that well the frog remembered his previous birth. I
disrespected the duty in my past life and therefore I got this result.
Then being detached, that frog began fasting sastha and on the day of
breaking fast he used to drink water with mud which was purified by
Once that frog hearing the here say
that Lord Mahavira has arrived in the park (of the city). the frog set off
to bow down to him.
Then the king Srenika also being
eager to bow to Lord Mahavira and set out from his capital with his army
of four fold divisions.
And the frog hopping on the way
was crushed by the hoofs of the horses of the king srenika and died. Then
he was born as a duty in heaven called Saudhrmakalpa.
There were four thousand Samanika gods under that frog. In fearing on
this, one should know all of his prosperity etc.
the heaven when he came to knows that "Lord Mahavira has come", he with
his divine lustre covering all other lustres, came to bow him.
When Devendras, kings and others were seated on their respective seats,
Lord Mahavira with his speech reaching 8 miles began preaching.
That Dardura (frog) god sitting beside Lord Mahavira showing his leprosy -
affected body to others was anointing Lord Mahavira's body with divine
On the contary King Srenika and others had
an impression, "Oh ! this evil-minded one affected with white leprast is
anointing with fluids oozing out from this body" (affected by leprusy)".
Then king Srehika thought, "As soon as this sinister insulting Lord
Mahavira goes out from this place. I will kill him."
the other hand (while king Srenika was planning to kill Dardura god) Lord
Mahavira uttered following words addressing the king, Abhaya, Saukarika
and Ksuta respectively.
(1) You die soon. (2) You live.
(3) You live long or die. (4) You may not live or die. Hearing this the
king got very angry.
When the preaching was over, the
Dardura god disappeared like the streak of lightening, king
Srenika asked Lord Mahavira, "Please tell me, who was that one affected by
The wicked man who has humiliated you; his
head must be cut off even in the presence of public.
Lord Mahavira spoke : "Oh King, he has not committed any offence, on the
contrary he has anointed my body with sandal wood paste.
Lord Mahavira explained to the king Srenika and others the secret of the
sentences uttered through preaching.
In this world, some
like death some prefer life, some love both equally but some like Dardur a
Deva (frog) prefer neither of the two (death or life).
After deviating from Saudharma heaven this Dardura Deva will proceed to
Videha territory and will attain salvation: on hearing such words, all
people being wondered went their homes.
such is the benefit of meditating only on Lord Mahavira, (you all) try for
that so that
you may get blise.