THE NARRATIVE OF ANJANA CHOR IN NIHSHANKITA ANGA
Once upon a time,
there lived two persons named Dhanvantri and Vishavaloma. They were
pious and religious persons, and as such, after their death, they were
born in heaven as Devas, and were known as Amitprabh and Vidurprabh.
Devas have the power to transform themselves into any shape and size and
can travel to any part of the world. After a long stay in Heaven, they
decided to go to the earth for testing the extent and intensity of
First they went to
Yamdagni Rishi, who was in deep meditation. They successfully disturbed
him in his meditation. After this they went to Rajgiri a city in
Magdhdesh. There lived a seth named Jindatta. He was a Samayagdarshti
Jiva that is he had firm belief and faith in his religion (Jainism). He
devoted himself mainly to meditation (Dhyan) which is considered to be
the most important means for the destruction of Karmas, and for
purification of soul leading to salvation.
One day, when
Jindatta was in deep meditation, Amitprabh said to Vidurprabh that he
would not succeed in disturbing the meditation of Jindatta, because he
was a Samayagdrashti Shravak. As such the question of disturbing
any Jain muni when he was in meditation did not arise. On hearing
this Vidurprabh tried to test Jindatta. He did all that he could
to disturb Jindatta in his meditation but could not succeed. This
pleased him and Vidurprabh blessed Jindatta with "Akashgaman Vidya",
that is the power to travel even in sky.
Jindatta with "Akashgaman Vidya",
told Jindatta that this Vidya can be attained by anyone who had firm
belief in "Namokar Mantra", the worship of Panch Parmeshti.
After narrating the importance of this "Vidya", the two devas
went back to Heaven. Seth Jindatta was very happy, and in high spirits,
and started going every morning to "Sumeru Parvat" for the
worship of Jain bimbs or images there.
house, there lived a brahmin named Somdatta who used to bring flowers
for Jindatta daily. One day Somdatta asked Jindatta where he went early
every morning. Jindatta replied that he went to Sumeru Parvat to worship
Akritim ChaityaJayas. He also told him that this became possible because
he had acquired the. "Akashgaman Vidya". Somdatta got curious
and very eager to learn the same 'Vidya' from the Seth. So he requested
Jindatta to teach him that 'Vidya'. Jindatta on his persistence told him
the basic principle of acquiring this vidya i.e. a firm belief in 'Namokar
Mantra' and in its great efficacy in achieving one's objectives.
to acquire this 'Vidya'. He therefore, on the night of one Krishna
Paksha Chaturdasi went to the jungle nearby. He prepared a cradle tied
with 108 strings all made from the fine twigs of plants, and suspended
the cradle from the eastern branch of a banyan tree. Just below this
branch were placed sharp and pointed weapons. He fasted for two days and
sat on the cradle reciting "Namokar Mantra". He thought that
if he continued to recite "Namokar Mantra" and cut the strings
one by one, he would not fall on the weapons kept below as he would have
attained the "Akashgaman Vidya". But as soon as he was ready
to cut the ropes, he became afraid of the weapons below and thought that
if Jindatta's words were untrue, he
While coming out of the palace, he thought he was invisible, but forgot
about the shining necklace, which was visible. The guards
saw the shining necklace and ran towards it. Anjan Chor threw
away the necklace and ran away
towards the forest without being
caught. When Anjan Chor reached
the forest, he saw Somdatta who
was going up and down the cradle with the intention of cutting
the ropes for acquiring "Akashgaman
Vidya". Anjan Chor
asked Somdatta what he was doing and what his problem was. The brahmin told
him everything and also the way in which Akashgaman
Vidya" could be obtained. After hearing the procedure
acquiring the 'Vidya' from the Brahmin, the Choralso learnt the 'Namokar
Mantra' from Somdatta. He was very happy after getting the 'Mantra'. He
had no' doubt in his mind about the efficacy of the 'Mantra' and in the
words of the Seth. He wanted to recite the Mantra himself and remember
it. But there was, no time to do so, as the king's soldiers were in a
hot pursuit after him and may reach there any moment.
In view of this urgency, Anjan
Chor sat down immediately on the cradle and while cutting the string one
by one, he continued to recite "Tanam Tanam Seth Vakyam Pramaanam"
i.e. whatever Seth has said was true. This he said because he had,
no time to remember' "Namokar Mantra". This shows that he had
firm faith in the efficacy of the 'Mantra'. Thus having firm belief, he
cut all the 108 strings one by one, while reciting the changed text of
the Mantra. As he was falling down on the weapons kept below, he
acquired "Akashgaman Vidya" and his fall was arrested by the 'Vidya'
and no harm was done to him.
Anjan Chor acquired the 'Vidya due
to his firm belief in 'Namokar Mantra', while Somdatta could not achieve
on account of doubts. Brahmin's strong Mithyatva Karma made him
"Akashgaman Vidya" asked
Anjan Chor what he wanted and for further orders. Anjan Chor desired to
go immediately to seth Jindatta. At that time Seth had gone to Sumeru
Parvat and was worshipping in Akritim Chaityalyas with great devotion.
So, 'Vidya' carried Anjan Choi to Sumeru Parvat and took him to Jindatta.
Anjan Chor was very happy to meet Jindatta and visited Chaityalyas. He
explained everything to Jindatta about the way he acquired this 'Vidya'.
Anjan Chor told him
he had acquired this 'Vidya' by following Jindatta's 'Updesh'. He then became interested
in' achieving . Moksha and requested him to preach him how he could step
on the path to Moksha. Jindatta explained to him principles of 'Ratantraya'-right
belief (Samyakdarshan), right knowledge (Samyak Gyan), and right conduct
Anjan . Chor then
took Jina Deeksha from Charan Riddhi Dhari Muni and meditated on Kailash
Parvat. He got rid of his four Ghatiya Karmas and achieved omniscience
i.e. Kewalgyan. Afterwards he got rid of the remaining four Ghatiya
Karmas with 'Shukala Dhyan' and attained 'Moksha from Kailash Parvat.
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