Jainism Lord Mahavira Tirthankara

Query: Jainism Lord Mahavira Tirthankara... This is further to the query about Jainism and Lord Mahavira being the last tirthankara. In one of your posts you said that Hinduism came before Jainism and Lord Krishna came before Mahavira, but I being Jain, was told that ninth tirthankara Bhagwan Naminath was Lord Krishna's uncle and Adinath 1st tirthankara was his great great grandfather....I am not sure of generations, but they were related and hence Krishna belonged to tirthankara nam gotra, because of his deeds, he is still not given the status of bhagwan even though he is very powerful and regarded as supreme power. In the next 24 tirthankaras, Lord Krishna and Ravana will be one of the tirthankaras. Could you please clear the confusion.


Kaivalya Jnani:
You must have observed in chemistry class... whenever the teacher told us to prepare water... the numbers were awarded by the teacher only when water formed... the experiment was complete... never before!


For formation of water... we send hydrogen and oxygen separately through two tubes. The moment both the gases mix together... water starts trickling. For making hydrogen in the laboratory we normally use sulphuric acid (H2SO4) and make it react with particles of zinc.

Until the process of formation of hydrogen or oxygen... the process of forming water remains incomplete. The examiner... the teacher is primarily concerned with the end result... the formation of water. If we succeed... we get our marks! Whatever happens midway... is not much of concern to the examiner or the teacher.

No doubt the whole process carried marks... For the examiner or the teacher observed how neatly we laid out the entire process and so on... but final maximum marks are reserved for end result. This is how systems in life are governed.


In the routine course of life... it is only the end result that matters. However best the farmer may have sowed the seeds... watered it, ploughed the field... until the yield is good... nothing else matters! In absence of the end result... a good harvest... the entire family of the farmer may suffer... rather put to real hardships.

As per the Jainism scriptures, Lord Adinatha was the first Tirthankara... the first sign of humanly intelligence on Mother Earth. But the jnana... the wisdom of Lord Adinatha remained confined to Adinatha alone. The humanity was not able to decipher his teachings with the result Lord Adinatha... the first Tirthankara of Jainism gave to humanity teachings limited to worldly life only.

After Adinatha followed 22 more tirthankaras... and position remained the same. The wisdom of the initial 23 Jain tirthankaras remained limited to their own self for none in the world was competent enough to comprehend their messages.


The coming of Mahavira... the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism precipitated the wisdom to the masses. It was only in the times of Bhagwan Mahavira... the wisdom of the ages... the wisdom of the Scriptural texts reached the masses at large... the prime reason why Jainism is recognized by the doings of Bhagwan Mahavira... the 24th Tirthankara!

Lord Krishna came about thousand years before Bhagwan Mahavira. The teachings of Lord Krishna are undiluted and contain the entire essence of mankind and also the whole cosmic system.

Right from the stage of the big bang (when God Almighty... the cluster of all purified souls atmans in the Cosmos explodes self and Cosmos gets formed) to the stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana) and further on salvation (moksha)... all is detailed in the Sacred Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism.


The Sacred Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism is without a parallel. It contains everything worth knowing on the spiritual path. The knower of Bhagavad Gita finally becomes the knower of all... crosses the world of Samsara (worldly life) forever and becomes enlightened (gains kaivalya jnana) and finally reaches the stage of salvation (moksha).

The Sacred Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism is one single document... one single sacred Scripture sufficient for mankind to reach the stage of enlightenment kaivalya jnana and finally salvation moksha. If I say one, I mean it! I have realized God in my lifetime. I was born in a Jain family. The Sacred Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism has become like ABCD to me.

Lord Krishna was not a man god... a Tirthankara! He was much above the fold of a Tirthankara... an enlightened one! Lord Krishna was an Avatar of his era (God manifest in human form). Every 3500 to 5000 years... the society rotates itself. Starting from the stage of Satyuga... the society embroils itself to the stage of Kali Yuga and finally the precipitation through a renaissance... a total upheaval... a nuclear world war!

 

Again the society has to lift back to its original form... its original glory! This is made possible by the coming of an Avatar of the era (God manifest in human form). Not even a man god like Mahavira, Gautama Buddha, Jesus Christ or Prophet Mohammed can achieve this feat! The world is awaiting the coming of Bhagwan Kalki... an Avatar of the present era!

We have presently entered the ghor Kali Yuga phase of life when relationships amongst each other have reached its lowest ebb. Trust amongst human beings almost vanished... to revamp the society back to its pedestal... the coming of Bhagwan Kalki gets necessitated. Bhagwan Kalki... the messiah of the present era would surface around 2012~2014.

Beyond 2014 lay the dawn of the golden era... the Satyuga... a period of total spiritual elevation... a period of utter silence... something much beyond the comprehension of present mankind!


Having born in a Jain family does not mean we remain limited to the wisdom contained in the Jaina scriptures. The essence of Jaina scriptures is not in question... nor is the level of wisdom of Lord Krishna. It is for individual human beings to realize the true essence of life.

For a serious seeker of spirituality... the uncharted spiritual path is always traveled alone. None to guide... What to except as truth... what not to accept is the onus of every single individual human being. Had I remained limited to the Jaina scriptures, I would have never realized God in my lifetime. The moment I switched over to the wisdom contained in the Sacred Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism... it was all over for me... I finally gained self realization in 1993.

The foremost of all on the spiritual path is... wisdom does not mean gaining anything on the spiritual path. As one proceeds on the path of spirituality... it is nothing we gain... primarily it is the dross within the soul atman that we remove. As the darkness... the ignorance within us depletes... the light of the wisdom shines in its full glory.


Wisdom is all about shedding our ignorance forever... not gaining anything that most human beings try to gain literally. The moment... the last stain of ignorance removes from our soul atman... it regains its original prime pristine pure form! The moment this happens... human being is stated to have reached the stage of enlightenment (kaivalya jnana). The Word kaivalya jnana of Jainism denotes kaivalya... jnana! Where kaivalya stands for only... implying thereby that when only pure wisdom remains in our consciousness... our soul atman gains absolute purity!

The essence of the Sacred Bhagavad Gita of Hinduism is primary... collectively it surpasses the wisdom contained in all the Sacred Scriptures of the world. It is not being a Hindu or Jain... I have reached this conclusion. I have traveled the uncharted path of spirituality and reached the 8.4 millionth manifestation... the last in the cosmic life cycle!

Nowhere else to go further... I as a pure soul atman would gain entry into the abode of God... the kingdom of God... aka Vaikunth in Hinduism. Vaikunth... the kingdom of God is a place of no return. The soul atman having freed itself of all dross impurities within need not manifest a body again. I have for all practical purposes become immortal.


Essay by: Kaivalya Jnani ... One who realized self in his life time! Send your query!

A to Z of Jainism explained in words everyone can easily understand and fathom. More on lord mahavira can be found at :Jainism Religion  ... Neeru J. - 5th June 2010.

Full text of query: This is further to the query about Jainism and Lord Mahavira being the last tirthankara. In one of your posts you said that Hinduism came before Jainism and Lord Krishna came before Mahavira, but I being Jain, was told that ninth tirthankara Bhagwan Naminath was Lord Krishna's uncle and Adinath 1st tirthankara was his great great grandfather....I am not sure of generations, but they were related and hence Krishna belonged to tirthankara nam gotra, because of his deeds, he is still not given the status of bhagwan even though he is very powerful and regarded as supreme power. In the next 24 tirthankaras, Lord Krishna and Ravana will be one of the tirthankaras. Could you please throw some light and clear the confusion.

 
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