Baghwan Anantanath (श्रीअनन्तनाथ)
Anantanatha was the fourteenth Tirthankara of the
present age (Avasarpini) a siddha, a liberated soul which has destroyed all of its karma.
Anantanatha was born on the 13th day of the Vaishakha Krishna to King Raja Sinhasena and Queen Suyasha Rani at
Ayodhya in the Ikshvaku clan.
Anantanatha lead a normal life, first as a prince and then as the
king After some years Anantakumara became an ascetic along with one thousand other persons. He
became an omniscient being - an arihant - on the fourteenth day of the dark half of the month of Vaishakha under an
Ashoka tree. In his first discourse he elaborated the subject of the
fundamentals of matter and life.
Acharya Samantabhadra praised Tirthankara Anantanatha as
With innumerable defects the heart is immersed in delusion from eternity,
O' Conqueror Ananta! Thou won’st it in mirth of Thy fascinating knowledge of reality.
The self-blocking enemies of passion is not left the least by Thee O Lord!
The self-sucking arrogance of cupid is cured by Thy mediation's
medicine, O Lord!
Lord ! river of thirst is filled with tiresome water, with waves of fearful emotion.
Thou dried’st it up by Thy bright penance’s sun, attained high abode of salvation.
Thy devotee gets prosperity, enemies,
like dropping of letter syllables, disappear. Thou art indifferent
on both, it is Thy astonishing phase, quite peculiar.
Thou art Lord, like this, like that-this
is brooding, chattering of my poor intellect. Infinite is Thy glory,
indescribable imparts liberation like touching nectar’s sea, infact.