Shri Amar Muni
ABHINANDAN BHAGAVAN -
Mahabal was the king of Ratnasanchay/Mangalavati town
in Purvavideh. Although a king, he was a simple and humble person. When
people praised him, he thought that why people praised him even in absence
of any virtues? When someone criticized him he would humbly say, "You are
my true well-wisher and a friend who helps my progress by pointing out my
faults." when a feeling of detachment grew in him, he found and opportune
moment and took Diksha from Vimal Suri. Due to his simplicity and humility
he became a very popular and ideal Sharman in his group. It is said that
as a result of this rare disposition and deep mediational practices he
purified his soul to an extant that he acquired the
Tirthankar-nam-and-gotra-karma. Completing his age, he reincarnated as a
god in the Vijay dimension.
When the being that was Mahaval left the Vijay
dimension, he descended into the womb of queen Siddharth, wife of king
Samvar of Ayodhya. As a result of the simplicity of attitude inherited
from the earlier birth, the soul in the womb of the queen had a soothing
and pacifying influence on the outer world. The people of the kingdom were
suddenly filled with the feelings of humility and fraternity. Irrespective
of age, caste, creed and status every one started greeting and honoring
others. Politeness and polished manners became the thing in vogue. The
augurs and other scholars confirmed taht as the aura of a pious soul
influences all the people around, the effusion of politeness was caused by
the soul in the womb.
The queen gave birth to the future Tirthankar on the
second day of the bright half of the month of Magh. As the influence of
this soul was evident in the overt mutual greetings, the king named his
son as Abhinandan (greeting).
As time passed Abhinandan lead normal mundane life with
least indulgence. He ascended the throne when his father became an
ascetic. After a long and peaceful reign, he became an ascetic and
indulged in rigorous penance and lofty spiritual practices. He attained
omniscience on the fourteenth day of the dark half of the month of Paush.
For a long period Bhagavan Abhinandan moved around to show the right path
to millions of beings. On the eighth day of the bright half of the month
of Vaishakah he attained Nirvana at Sammetshikhar.