Compassion Of Lord P�rshvanath
Once a hermit named K�math
was performing a sacrificial ritual in the outskirts of a town. He was
wearing a single cloth and had ashes rubbed all over his body. The sun was
shining and it was very hot. The hermit had also lighted sacrificial fires
all around him. The whole town was amazed by the austere performance, and
people came in big groups to see him. They were bowing down to K�math with
reverence, and he was blessing them.
Seeing groups of people
going, Prince P�rshvan�th got curious to see what was going on. He went
there. He was astonished by hermit's
austerity. Soon, with his
extra sensual power, prince noticed a snake burning in a log of wood. Prince
P�rshvan�th felt pity for the hermit who was unknowingly indulging in the
gross violence. Prince P�rshvan�th said, "Oh Hermit, what are you doing? Do
you realize that there is a snake burning in the fire? This is not a good
ritual that you are performing."
After hearing these words,
the hermit got very angry. He shouted, "Oh naughty child, what do you know
about this holy ritual? You are very rude."
Prince P�rshvan�th ignored
the hermit. He asked his servant to pull out the log and split it open. To
every one's surprise, a half burnt snake fell out of the log. The hermit
felt ashamed, and his face turned pale. The Prince recited the Namok�r
Mantra to the dying snake. The snake thanked the Prince in his mind and died
peacefully under the impact of Namok�r Mantra. Due to the snake's serenity
while listening to the Namok�r Mantra, he was reborn as Dharanendra, the
king of heavenly angels.
All the people left the scene
thinking about the undesirable ritual of the hermit. K�math felt disgraced
and left with anger and hatred towards the prince. K�math soon died without
repenting for his anger and hatred towards the prince. Since he had some
good austerities, he was reborn as the angel in control of rain called
Prince P�rshvan�th became the
king of the city V�r�nasi. After a few years he renounced his worldly life
and became a monk. Once, while he was standing in meditation, the angel
Meghkumar saw him. Because of his anger for P�rshvan�th during his previous
life, Meghkumar's anger knew no bounds. He decided to take revenge. He
created lots of physical torture to monk P�rshvan�th. He was in deep
meditation and was not disturbed. This made Meghkumar furious. He created
thunder, lightning, and heavy rain. The water began to flood. Its level
started to rise.
At that time the throne of
Dharanendra began to shake. He made use of his heavenly power to see what
was happening. He saw monk, P�rshvan�th, being harassed by Meghkumar. He
came to the earth in the form of a multiheaded snake. He spread his hoods
over the monk like an umbrella and protected him from the heavy pouring of
the rain. He asked Meghkumar in anger, "Oh, atrocious creature, do you know
what you are doing? Why are you acquiring more sins by causing P�rshvan�th
to suffer? Now stop this havoc!" The monk was so deep in meditation that he
did not even know what was going on.
Meghkumar was frightened by
Dharanendra's anger and instantly removed all the water. He asked for
forgiveness from the P�rshvan�th and then left. Shortly after that incident
P�rshvan�th attained omniscience and became the twenty-third Tirthankar of
the present era.
1) What was K�math doing?
2) Why did Prince P�rshvan�th ask his servant
to pull out the log from the fire?
3) Why did the snake become a heavenly angel
in the next life?
4) Why did Meghkumar pour heavy rain on
5) What did Dharanendra do? Why?
6) What did Meghkumar do to the monk before