Simandhar Swami

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Simandhar Swami
Tirthankara
Simandhar Swami
Shri Simandhar Swami

Simandhar Swami is a living Tirthankara, an Arihant, who is said to be currently present on another world in the Jain mythological universe.

Where is Simandhar Swami?[edit]

Tirthankara Simandhar Swami resides on Mahavideh Kshetra, another land within the Jain mythological universe (see Jain cosmology).[1][2][3]

The five lands of the Bharat Kshetra are currently in the 5th Ara (a degraded time-cycle in which Tirthankaras do not incarnate).[4][5] The most recent Tirthankara present on Bharat Kshetra (present world) was Mahavira, whom historians estimate lived between 599-527 BCE, the last in a cycle of 24 Tirthankaras.[6][7]

On Mahavideh Kshetra, the 4th Ara (a spiritually elevated time-cycle) exists continuously. There, living Tirthankaras perpetually incarnate.[8][4] There are 5 Mahavideh Kshetras, each being a separate land. At present, there are 4 Tirthankars residing in each Mahavideh Kshetra. Thus there are a total of 20 Tirthankaras residing there, Simandhar Swami being one among them.[2][9]

Details of Simandhar Swami’s Life[edit]

Simandhar Swami is a living Tirthankar, an Arihant, who is said to be currently present on another world in the Jain mythological universe.[10][11] The Arihant Tirthankara Lord Simandhar Swami is currently 150,000 years old, and has a remaining lifespan of 125,000 years. [12][13] He lives in the city of Pundarikgiri, the capital of Pushpakalavati, one of 32 geographical divisions on Mahavideh Kshetra.[2][14][15] Pundarikgiri is ruled by King Shreyans, who is Simandhar Swami’s father. His mother is Queen Satyaki. While pregnant with Simandhar Swami, Queen Satyaki had a sequence of 14/16 (swetambar/digambar belief) dreams indicating that she would give birth to a Tirthankar.[16][17] Simandhar Swami was born with three complete aspects of Gnan, Self-knowledge:

As a young adult, he married Rukamani Devi and then, later in life, took diksha, renunciation from worldly life.[16]

Simandhar Swami’s height is 500 dhanushya, approximately 1,500 feet, which is considered an average height for the people of Mahavideh Kshetra.[2]

Main Temples[edit]

Reported Contact with Simandhar Swami[edit]

The following spiritual teachers have reported personal contact with Simandhar Swami, and credit him with influencing their teaching:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Natubhai Shah 2004.
  2. ^ a b c d University, Jain, Mahavideh Kshetra (PDF), Jain University 
  3. ^ Darshan, Jain. "Mahavideh Kshetra" (PDF). Jain Darshan. 
  4. ^ a b Jainism, My. "Kaal Chakra" (PDF). My Jainism. 
  5. ^ Jaini 1998, pp. 30–32.
  6. ^ "Jain Meditation". 
  7. ^ Jaini 1998, pp. 1–41.
  8. ^ Tirthankaras, Jain. "24 Tirthankaras". Jain Tirthankaras. 
  9. ^ Atmadharma.com. "Adhyatma Pravachanratnatray" (PDF). Atmadharma.com. 
  10. ^ Pravin K Shah, pp. 1–3.
  11. ^ Umich. "Arihants". Umich.edu. 
  12. ^ http://www.trimandir.org/lord-simandhar-swami/about-simandhar-swami/
  13. ^ Gnani Purush Dadashri 2005, p. 24.
  14. ^ Gyan, Jain. "Mahavideh Kshetra". Jain Gyan. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  15. ^ Gnani Purush Dadashri 2005, p. 15.
  16. ^ a b World, Jain. "Simandhar Swami". Jain World. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  17. ^ Dalal, Deepika, Arihant Simandhar Swami (PDF), JAINA, p. 3 
  18. ^ Jaini 1998, p. 3.
  19. ^ "Jain Square". 
  20. ^ Hill, Ponnur. "Kundakund Acharya". 
  21. ^ Natubhai Shah 2004, p. 67.
  22. ^ Dundas 2002.
  23. ^ "Malaiya". 
  24. ^ King & Brockington 2005, p. 219.

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