Pandit Rajmat Pande
(The lesson in hand is
based on Jambu Swami Charit.)
Sister Last Tirthankar Lord
Mahaveer was completely passionless and omniscient. Was there any other
similar personality ?
Yes. After Mahaveer, Gautam Swami, Sudbarmacharya and Jambu Swami were
completely omniscient and passionless. The last omniscient of this era was
Was Jambu Swami also a prince like Mahaveer Swami?
Brother No sister, he
was the son of a wealthy merchant of Rajgriha. His father was Arahdas and
mother Jinmati. He was born on the last day of the Falgun month.
Jambu Kumar occupied an important place in
the court of King Shrenik and the contemporary community. Many wealthy
persons of the city wanted to offer their daughters to Jambu Kumar in
marriage and four such girls were already betrothed to him, but....
Sister But what ?
Brother But since childhood,
he was strongly averse to, worldly possessions. His mind used to be agitated
for psychic happiness and as such he declined to marry.
Sister Declined? Abandoned
relations after betrothal ? Did not marry ?
Brother He wished not to
marry at all, but when, the girls knew this they decided to marry none other
than Jambu Kumar, or otherwise to remain unmarried.
Brother Parents of Jambu
Kumar and. all the four girls requested Jambu Kumar nor to refuse to marry.
They allowed him to get initiated into monkhood after the marriage
celebrations, because they knew that all the four beautiful girls will charm
the mind of Jambu Kumar and then he would forget to renounce the world.
Sister What ?
Brother Jambu Kumar agreed
to marry, but he could not be attracted towards worldly sensual pleasures ?
Sister Did the marriage not
Brother Marriage did take
place, but just the next day Jambu Kumar left home, family associations,
wealth and belongings and all the four goddess-like wives and got initiated
into the order of the JAIN monks.
Sister What were the
names of his wives? Did they not persuade him not to join the order of the
They were Padamshri, Kamalshri, Vinayshri and Roopshri. With their
passionate gestures, good looks, service and cleverness, they tried their
level best to detain Jambu Kumar at home, but they could not move him, for
he wanted to drink deep of the spiritual bliss by self-realisation.
Sister It was alright. The
feelings of attachments of the worldly people cannot influence the
spiritually-minded people. Rays of consciousness and asceticism are powerful
enough to destroy attachments and ignorance.
Brother You are correct. His
consciousness and asceticism influcenced the thief Vidyutchor, who had
entered the house of Jambu Kumar that very night for stealing. He also
accepted the order of JAIN saints after hearing the discussions of Jambu
Kumar with his newly married wives and understanding his deep feelings of
Sister What happened
to those girls ?
Brother They also broke
themselves from the sensory pleasures of life, turned towards renunciation
and got initiated as she-monks of the Jain order. Jambu Kumar's parents also
got initiated into monkhood.
Thus, the whole atmosphere was permeated
with asceticism. Monk Jambu Kumar engrossed himself deeply in spiritual
contemplation. On the 7th day of second half of Magh month, the day when his
preceptor Sudharmacharya obtained complete liberation, he achieved
Sister As with the days of
liberation of Mahaveer and the day of obtaining omniscience by Gautam, the
day of liberation of Sudharmacharya and the day of achieving omniscience by
Jambu Kumar are the same.
Brother After that Jambu
Swami preached the gospels of religion for eighteen years from Magadh to
Mathura and ultimately he obtained the state of Nirvan (Supreme bliss) from