Shri Amar Muni
SUMATINATH BHAGAVAN -
Vijayasen was the king of Shankhpur town in the Purva
Mahavideh area. He had a son named Purushasimha. While he had gone for a
walk in the garden one day, the prince listened to the discourse of
Acharya Vinayanandan Dev. He became detached and a turned ascetic. As a
result of vigorous penance and higher spiritual practices, he earned the
Tirthankar-nam-and-gotra-karma. Completing his age, he reincarnated as a
god in the Vijayant dimension.
From Vijayant dimension, the soul that was Purushasimha
descended into the womb of queen Mangalavati/Sumangala, wife of king Megh
of Ayodhya. The news of the queen being pregnant made the atmosphere of
Ayodyha live with happiness and joy.
One day two women and a little boy came to the kings
court to seek justice. One of the women put forth her case before the
king, "Sire! We both are wives of a rich seafaring merchant. Our husband
has left for his heavenly abode leaving behind we two, a son, and heaps of
wealth. The child truly belongs to me but this second wife of the merchant
claims to be her. This is nothing but a conspiracy to grab the wealth that
would be inherited by the child. Save me, my Lord! I seek my son and
justice from you."
The story narrated by the other woman was also the
same. Shouting charges and counter charges at each other, both the women
claimed the possession of the child. The child could not indicate his true
mother as he had got equal affection from both. As the boy was born in
some remote place, there was no eye witness available.
The king was in a quandary. Even after a lot of probing
and weighing the evidence he could not solve the problem. Any ill
conceived solution could end up in doing injustice to the innocent. The
king and his ministers all could end up in doing injustice to the
innocent. The king and his ministers all were in a fix. The night was
approaching and the king was getting late for his dinner. He adjourned the
case and went into the palace for dinner.
The queen asked, "Today you are late for the dinner,
your highness. What is the matter? Was there some complex problem?"
The king narrated the case of the two women and their
child and said, "No one is able to say firmly, which one of the women is
the real mother of the child and which one is the pretender?"
The queen said with a smile, "Your Highness, let a
woman solve the problems of women. Send the case to me and allow me to
resolve the issue."
Next morning the queen herself came to the kings court.
Both the women and their son were produced before the queen. There was no
apparent indication in the behavior and disposition of the two women that
could give any indication of the genuineness of one. All of a sudden, the
queen got an inspiration and she said, "This enigma has no simple
solution. There is one object and two claimants. The object, being a
person, cannot be split into two. Under the circumstances the only
solution I can think of is to keep the matter pending. I carry a pious
soul in my womb. Let us wait till it is born and is ready to resolve this
issue. during the period of waiting, let the son and the property of the
deceased be taken into the custody of the state. Till then the claimants
Hearing all of this one of the claimants readily
accepted the arrangement but the other started weeping. In a choked voice
she said, "No! Please don�t separate me from my son. I will not be able to
survive without my son for such a long period, I withdraw my claim. Let
the other woman take the child as well as all the property of my husband.
My only submission is that I may be allowed at least meet the child. I
will be contented with that only."
The queen recognized the pain and concern of a mother�s
heart. She gave her judgment, "The woman who immediately agreed to my
proposal is the impostor. Her attachment is not to the child but to the
wealth. She may be imprisoned. The one who wants to surrender her claim is
the real mother. The child and the wealth may be given to her with all
Everyone present in the assembly was dumbstruck by this
witty method of judgment. The impostor pleaded guilty and submitted to be
On the eighth day of the bright half of the month of
Vaishakh, the queen gave birth to a son. A wave of peace and goodwill
swept the whole world. Appreciating the fact that the marked improvement
in wisdom and sense of judgment during the pregnancy was the influence of
the presence of the illustrious and pious soul, king Megh named the new
born as-Sumati (wisdom or right thinking).
When he became a young man, Sumati Kumar was married,
and in due course inherited the kingdom. King Megh became an ascetic.
After a long and peaceful reign Sumatinath, too, became an ascetic. He
attained omniscience under a Priyangu tree on the eleventh day of the
bright half of the month of Chaitra. He established the four pronged
religious ford and became a Tirthankar. On the ninth day of the bright
half of the month of Chaitra he got Nirvana at Sammetshikhar.