Shri Amar Muni
DHARMNATH BHAGAVAN -
The being that was to become Bhagavan Dharmnath was
king Dridhrath of Bhaddilpur in Mahavideh area, in its earlier
incarnation. Although he had enormous wealth and a large kingdom, he led a
detached and pious life like a lotus in a pond. Even great saints praised
him as the embodiment of religion. During the later part of his life king
Dridhrath became an ascetic and as a result of his unblemished character
and sincere spiritual practices he earned the
Tirthankar-nam-and-gotra-karma. Completing his age he reincarnated as a
god in the Vaijayant dimension.
This being then descended into the womb of queen
Suvrata, wife of king Bhanuraja of Ratnapur. During the pregnancy the
queen devoted all her time in religious activities. Even the king and all
other members of the family were inclined to devote maximum time to
various religious activities like charity, righteousness, penances,
studies etc. On the third day of the bright half of the month of Magh a
son was born to the queen. Due to the religious influence during the
pregnancy period, the king gave him the name Dharmnath. In due course he
became young, was married and then ascended the throne. He ruled
successfully for a long period.
One day he terminated all worldly attachments and
became and ascetic. After two years of spiritual practices he became
omniscient. His first religious discourse was attended by the fifth
Vasudev Purush Simha and Sudarshan Baldev.
In his first discourse he mainly dealt with the subject
of form and ill effects of passions. A large audience was benefited by
this eloquent discourse. At last he went to Sammetshikhar and got Nirvana.