F4 4.4.1 Manorama
In north India, there was a king Dadhivahanin the city of Champapuri.The queen’s name was Abhaya. There lived a merchant called Sudarsan; who was leading very pious life. His conduct and character were very much appreciated. For him, the other women was like a mother or a daughter. He had taken a vow not to look at any woman with an evil eye. His wife Manorama was also a woman with good character.
Kapila, a wife of Purohi(Brahmin) was having passionate love for Sudarsan. She was trying to take him in her trap and wanted to seduce her in loneliness. However he escaped from this trap. Therefore, she complained against him to Abhaya, who was a beautiful queen, because she felt that he did not respond to her beauty and charm.
On one auspicious day, when the merchant, Sudarshan was in quiet meditation; he was taken to queen Abhaya by her faithful servant – almost highjacked. The queen Abhaya tried to seduce him with all her efforts convincing him with good affectionate words, giving him promises for rich wealth, theating him with fine and punishment and also using tricks. Sudarsan shethdid not respond to any such offer; he quietly continued his meditation position without uttering a word and took a vow of continuous fast, and meditation till he is freed from this problematic situation. Thus, queen Abhaya totally failed in her mission. Therefore, she was arrgrilly exited; she pretended to have been raped by Sudarsan with some external signs made artificially by her and accused him of committing rape. This created an uproar.
Next day, he was brought in the court before a king and he was asked to explain about so called raped incident. The merchant Sudarshan was not only religious minded but also was very kind hearted person. He knew that his statement of fact will bring great punishment to the queen. He therefore kept quiet and thought that let the punishment be imposed on him instead of on the queen. Therefore, he did not make any explanation and did not make any statement. Ultimately, the king ordered him the punishment of death by hanging him. The citiziens were confuses. They had doubts in their mind.
Manoramathe wife of Sudarsanacame to know about the whole incident. She was confident that her husband would never indulge into such sinful activity. She thought that the evil Karmāsof past must have been responsible for such situation. She came up to the terrace, vowed total fast and started praying to god, looking in the direction where lord Mahavir was staying. She was also standing in a meditation position. Her mediation and prayer were intensive. Due to this holy woman’s deep conviction, her holiness, her deep concentration and her pure meditation the goddess, the protector of religion appeared there. She came to know of everything. Due to Manorama’s devotion and deep faith in religion, the goddess protector fabricated the golden seat instead of hanging rope. The rope for death was turn out automatically. Now the trick of the queen was exposed. People were happily surprised. The king apologized people of the city jubilantly praised both the Seth Sudarsan and his wife Manorama.
Both husband and wife were now convinced how the world was without any meaning. They rennounced the world. Gradually they acquired the Ultimate Knowledge and attained Eternal Salvation.
F4 4.4.2 Sulsa
In the realm of king Shrenik, there lived a chariot-driver called Nag. His wife was a pure and faithful lady- Sulsa. She had no issue; so Nag was rather worried; but his wife was religious minded woman, was especially engaged in religious activities was performing penance like Ayambil etc. and was always sleeping on ground. Once, lord Indra king of gods made special reference about Sulsa’s purity and faithfulness. Hearing this, one of the Gods, Haringameshi decided to take the test; and came to Nag’s place along with two monks. He asked for Sahasrapak oil, which Sulsa readily gave; but while giving the bottle fell down and was broken Sulsa brought the second bottle but each time this was repeated. Thus totally seven bottles fell down very precious Sahasrpak oil, fell on the ground and wasted but Sulsa was not disturbed or perturbed at all. The gods now appeared in their original form and asked for pleasure wish. Sulsa asked for son for her. The gods gave her 32 tablets and explained that each tablet is adequate to provide one son. Sulsa however thought that she needs only one son with 32 best characteristics so she tool all 32 tablets in one dose only. Unbearable pains started. She remembered the Harin Gameshi God. The god removed her pain and said that you will get 32 sons now. They will be born together, and they will die together. It thus happened. When the sons became youth, they were faithful servants to king Shrenik.
When there was a battle between king Shrenik and king Chetak, all these 32 young soldiers (brothers) died together. Sulsa was very unhappy. She was in great grief. Abhaykumar, the most intelligent minister of king Shrenik pacified her.
In Champa city, once a person called also tried to test her. He look mysterious from of lord Mahavir. Every body in the city went for ‘Darshana’ but Sulsa did not go.
This pleased Ambadi and he gave the message of Lord Mahavir to her. Sulsa looked in the direction of Lord Mahavir and offered her ‘Pooja’ to lord Mahavir. Thus with her pious life, she went to heaven after her death. In next tirthankaras series, she will be 15th Tirthankara with name Lord Nirmam; and will get salvation.
F4 4.4.3 Rohinikatha
In Rajgrihi cith there lived a merchant named Dhanya Sheth. His wife was Bhadra. They had four sons- Dhanpal, Dahndev, Dahngopad andDanRakshit. There wives respectively Ujjta, Bhogwati, Rakshika and Rohini.
In order to assess the qualities of his daughter-in-law, Dhanya Sheth once gave them five grains of paddy each and asked them to present this carefully till he asked them back. The eldest one thrown them away considering that there are many more such grains in a store. The second ate it away. The third one packed them carefully and preserved them under her bed. The fourth one tried to understand the underlying meaning of such instruction; and she gave it to her parents to use them as seed and grow them up within five years period. The growing multiplied to the extent that they were I large quantity to be taken in many bags. After five years the father-in-law asked all four of them to bring back the grains of paddy. The youngest one Rohini said “I can bring them if some carriage vans are sent to carry them. She then assigned entire responsibility of the house the third one was given charge of security. The second one was made in charge of the kitchen. The first one was made responsible for cleanliness.
Lord Mahavir after narrating this story made his observation as under : “ A monk who behave like a first wife will go to hell. One who behave like a second, one will be unhappy in his next birth. One who behave like third wife, will be happy in this world and his life will be meaningful but one who behave like Rohini will get happiness of salvation.
F4 4.4.4 Chandanbala
King Dadhivahan lost the battle with the king Shatanik. One captain caught. The queen Dharin and daughter Vasumati (Chandanbala). Dharini committed suicide and Chandanbala was sold as slave in the market. Chandana was purchased by the merchant Dhanavah and his wife Mukha. The merchant considered her as his daughter, but his wife had doubts in her mind. One Dhanavah casully placed her hair in order. Mukha saw this and her doubt became stronger.
Once when the merchant Dhanavah had gone tour, Mukha got the hairs of Chandanbala removed; chained her hands and feet and kept her in the cellar. Chandanbala simply remembered lord Tirthankara. She started penance of 3 fasts – Atthama when the Sheth returned from tour, he became very unhappy. He went to call the blacksmith to cut the chains around her body; and in the meanwhile gave her some boiled ord to eat after 3 days’ fast.
Chandanbala thought, I would better like to offer alms to a monk before I use them. Incidentally lord Mahavir himself had come for alms she invited the lord to accept the alms. Lord Mahavir, however was to accept the alms if some 13 of his conditions were totally fulfilled, e.g. the person who offers must be sitting on the threshold, one of her feet should be inside and one outside, she must be a princess but must be presented a slave, there must be leg-cuff in her legs, her head must be without hairs, she must be weeping. She must have completed her penance of 3 fasts. The boiled ords must be in a particular equipment, and the time for alms must be now passing.
Chandanbala saw lord Mahavir. He came nearer. She was happy that she will be able to offer the alms to lord Mahavir. there were tears in her eyes. All conditions were now fulfilled the lord accepted the alms. The gods from heaven showered twelve and half crore of Golden coins from above. The leg-cuff was torn off into pieces. The hairs appeared on the head. The princess looked charming. The lord Mahavir was to take the food today after the long fast of five months and twenty five days. The wife of a merchant was also now without any doubt in her mind. All the gold showered by Gods was utilized for good purpose in seven ways. Chandanbala now renounced the world, she was a first nun in lord Mahavir’s order. She ultimately attained salvation after acquiring Kevalgyan- the ultimate knowledge.