Stories of Bhaktabar Storta   
                  5. THE CALM OF THE TEMPEST
                  7. THE LOTUS BLOOMS IN THE VOID LAP 


There was a claver thief named, Sudatta. Once, he was caught red-handed while stealing. He was brought before the king. The intemperate king rebuked the thief and asked, "Tel me where do you keep the stolen goods"? As he was a thief, he knew all the crooked policy. He thought that if he named some rich person, the king would be pleased on having attained the wealth and I would be free. Hence he spoke, "The stolen material is with Seth Hemadatta." The king sent for the Seth immediately by sending a messenger. No sooner, the Seth received the massage than he royal palace. On seeing the Seth the king spoke, " Bravo! O Seth! I thought you to be the religious. But today I have found that your worship, adoration, fast, chastity and donation are all hypocrisy merely. Tell me where have you hidden the stolen wealth." The Seth was wonderstruck, "O King! What are you telling? I am seeing this person for the first time then how I could know about the stolen wealth." No sooner the Seth could finish his speech, than the thief spoke in a logical style, "O king sire, be kind to this poor man. O Seth! If you do not wish to give the wealth, you may not give. But please do not tell a lie." The thief spoke in such a style that the king firmly believed in him. He spoke, "So much of atrocity on this poor fellow, in spite of being religious! Throw away this hypocrite into a dark well in the forest." The Seth tried to explain the king but that foolish king did not pay any heed. The king punished the Seth without any consideration. But the Seth did not lose his patience. He was completely sure about his religion and he had perfect belief on the prayer of Lord. He remembered the Lord Adinatha the first ford founder with full faith and adoration. He chanted the first and second verses of the Bhaktamara, with all the rituals. Consequently the Vijaya Deity appeared. She appreciated and praised the Seth. She took him out of the black well and got him decorated on the golden throne with garments. She further told," If you allow me I can give a good punishment to the tyrannical King." The Seth replied, " O Goddess! No necessity. What is the fault of the king? This was the fruition of my previously bonded karmas, which I have to endure and not the King. The King is the instrument alone." As soon as the King knew of the wonderful event, he immediately came there. The Goddess made him ashamed and warned him not to commit any atrocity on the religious in future without justice." The King begged pardon again from the Goddess, as well as from the Seth. He took him to the royal palace with great respect and pomp and show. The thief was called, his face blackened. Then he was taken round the city on an ass. He was banished from the land. This severe punishment was awarded to him give a lesson for the public.
  But the kind hearted Hemdutta prevented the king to do so, and asked him to pardon the thief. This was done so as to make them possible to lead the religious life on having seen such wonderful glory of the religion.
  The folk present there raised slogans of the victory and longevity of the Seth. "Long"! "Long"!! Live the Seth and "Victory"! "Victory"!! For Jainism." The king adopted Jainism as a consequence.

The devoted merchant Sudatta got disposed from the morning routine of a layman. Soon he got a good news. There had been the welcome of the ascetics who were beyond love and malice. He came out of this house with full devotion for inviting them for food. He fed them with full awareness, devotion, and worship, as is done for the best invitee. A after meals he requested them to preach and bless. The great hermit got him learnt the third and fourth stanzas of the Bhaktamara with ritual chants along with spirit of welfare for others. They gave and want alone afar.
  After a few days, the merchant loaded a ship full of merchandise for commercial purpose. He sailed towards the Ratna Island from Swastimati city along with his co-businessmen. Who can for seen ill fate? Soon as one sees the clouds gathered all around building high an intensity storm resulting into shuddering of the ship.
  There was a great chaos in the ship. Rama, Rahim, Allaha and Christ were rememered and hailed by one and all. "Help! Save our life", the cry filled the sky.
  This loud cry drew attention of the merchant. He was absorbed in equananimity in one of the corners of the ship. No. Sooner had he opened his eyes he understood the whole situation. He immediately began to chant the poetic magical words taught by the great ascetic.
Due to the enchantment the great Goddess Prabha appeared. She while singing songs of praise of the merchant gave the moonlit jewel and disappeared. Due to the effect of the moonlit jewel, there scattered a clam moonlight in the sky and the atmosphere calmer down.
  All the persons reached island safe happily. They worshipped the Lord Jina in the Jain temple and raised eulogy slogans, "Victory for Jainism".

While returning from his school Somakranti, the son of Sudhana Merchant, saw his friends playing stick and bail. He developed enrage to play had no rod. However, one of his friends, having known his intention gave him his own rod. He began to play joyfully. But what! Suddenly his rod broke. His head hung low due to shame. What reply would he give to his gratifying friend? He said, "I shall get you a new rod". Having said that he went to Devala carpenter. He said, "please, make a rod for me as I broke one belonging to my friend." The carpenter was pleased with the innocence of the boy. He said, "Yes! Yes!! Why not? Please be seated, I will just give you a rod. O Son! It seems you are coming from school. Which book is this in your hand? Would you sow it to me? The young boy said, "No! I shall not allow you to touch the sacred book, as you are un bathed. This is our sacred text, Bhaktamara stotra." He said, "Never mind", and gave him two rods, saying, "Take! One for your friend and the other for yourself." The boy was pleased to see two rods, and handed over the sacred book. He told him not to tell his father about that.
  The carpenter began to read the pages one. Suddenly he stopped at the fifth stanza. He began to learn the poem along with Riddhi Chants by heart, and wore washed clothes and started its enchanting with all the rituals. Therefore, the Ajita Goddess appeared and questioned in sweet words, "Speak, O carpenter! What do you want?" The poor carpenter distressed due to poverty all along answered simply, "Wealth". The Goddess asked him to go to northeast where there was a Pipal tree. He was asked to dig there. The Goddess vanished away and the carpenter ran straight to the spot. He got innumerable diamonds and gems on having dug a pit. He was surprised and his joy knew on bounds; vowed that until he built a Jain temple he would not touch even a single pie out of the wealth.
Later he got installed a beautiful Jain image after having built a great Jain temple. He got the fifth stanza along with Riddhi Chants carved on its walls.

King Hemawahana ruled in the capital Kasi of contemporary India. He had two sons. Bhupala and Bhujpala. But as luck would have it, the elder was dull headed and the younger a sharp intellectual. In spiritual Language, if one was the dull the other was the alert. One was deterministic and the other was sociable.
  Pundit Srutadhara with great efforts taught Bhupala for twelve years. And when he found that his brain could not grasp anything his wisdom gave way. On the other hand, prince Bhujpala became dexterous in all subjects in twelve years. Consequently one became popular and the other remained disrepute.
The distressed Bhupala advised by his brother, began to enchant the sixth stanza of Bhaktamara with riddhi chant. After twenty-one days the predominant deity Brahmi of Jinasasana appeared. She graced him, so that he became a great-learned man. He is mentioned in the Puranas even today.

Dhanapala was the king of Kasi. There was wealthy merchant, Buddha, in the kingdom. He had a virtuous son Ratisekhara in the same city. There was an ascetic, Dhuliya. Who had under his command many vyantara deities. He used to influence people through his miracle. Even the king Dhanapala came under his influence.
Once, one of his disciples came across Ratisekhra. Ratisekhra did not even look at him properly. His temper went high. He spoke to his teacher against Ratisekhra. He called a deity thought Betali power, and commanded her to kill Ratisekhra. As soon as the deity reached there, she began to tremble on looking at the great Jain Ratisekhra. She retuned and said, "O fool!, there is no one, neither I nor you, who can kill him through any means." With folded the hands the hermit spoke, "O mother!" Do this at least that his building is baffled by a tempest."
The deity obeyed and the tempest filled the whole palace by dust and soil. On seeing the fierce tempest, all the people were frightened. But Ratisekhra could guess that it was the miracle of the cruel and notorious ascetic. He bathed and after meditation began to Chant the seventh stanza of Bhaktamara with Rddhi Chant and all rituals. Due to its influence, there appeared the Jambha deity. She rebuked the Betali power so much, that she immediately ran back to the ascetic and retorted, "Now nether you nor I will be saved. Hence go immediately to Ratisekhra and beg his pardon." He soon ran to Ratisekhra and fell on his feet. He took the vows of a layman. The king Dhanpala was also impressed and adopted Jainism. Thus, there arose a great glory of Jain religion.

There lived a merchant Dhanapala in the Basantapur of Kanchana State. He abstained from sins. He was a religious person. Although his name was Dhanapala he had not a single penny His wife Gunawati was not only Gunawati true to her name she was virtuous lady also. Fortunately, once, a monk couple Chandrakirti and Mahakirti came to their door, they offered them food with great faith and devotion.
  After their meals, Dhanapala wife told her anguish to the couple-monk. She sought their blessings. The hermit taught them eight Stanza of haktamara with ritual Chant. They gave blessings and went away.
Dhanapala chanted that Mantra for three days in an isolated place, with lotus posture clad in washed clothes. Consequently, Mahima deity appeared and asked the reason of her worship. Dhanapala told that he worshiped her for son and wealth. The deity asked, "Which one you want at present?" Dhanapala thought, if he had no money for filling his belly what pleasure could he get with a child. Hence, he asked for money. She disappeared after giving blessings.
 From that day, Dhanapala was not only Dhanapala by name but also a multimillionaire.

King Hemabrahma and his obedient queen Hamesri ruled over the Bhadrawati City of Kamarupa. One day they went for sporting in forest. In the jungle, there was a great ascetic meditating on a piece of rock. They went to his refuge, and sat near his feet after having a vision. The queen wanted to tell her miseries about her want of a son. But before she could speak to the ascetic-king, he read her mental-phase through telepathy. He spoke to the king, "Raise up a new Jain temple with a golden summit (top).  After decorating the temple, establish the images of twenty-four founders. A part from this, write the ninth stanza of the great effective Bhaktamara in the disc of gold, silver or bronze with saffron and drink the water with devotion after washing it. Your wish will be fulfilled."
The King accepted the technique with devotion as taught by the great ascetic and practiced the same in his palace. It was fifth of spring. The flowering queen Hemasri conceived and her fortune bloomed. After nine months, the royal palace resounded with greetings.
  The whole city celebrated a festival with trails of lamps. The child was named Bhuvanabhusana.


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