Ajitnath Bhagwan Stories: Exploring the Past and Last Births

Lord Ajitnath was the 2nd Tirthankara of the 24 Tirthankaras of this time cycle after Lord Rishabhdev. The time when He was born marked the beginning of the fourth era, according to the Jain texts. During that era, the lifespan used to be very long and the body height used to be very huge. Ajitnath Bhagwan was 450 bows tall.

He was called Ajitnath because He won over all Kashays namely, anger, pride, deceit and greed. His father's name was Jitashatru and mother's name was Vijayadevi. Even His parents' names signify the word, ‘victory.’ Lord Ajitnath had 90 disciples and His first and chief disciple was Cesen.

Famous teacher, Anandganji Maharaj, has sung the praises of Ajitnath Bhagwan with a pure mind, “Oh Lord, you have won over the anger, pride, deceit and greed. And that is the reason you are called Ajit - ‘The Greatest Human;’ whereas, my anger, pride, deceit and greed have won over me. So, I am not even capable of being called a Purush.''

One who overcomes the Kashays is referred to as a Purush. In reality, Purush means Parmatma. The state of Parmatma is achieved when all the Kashays and sexual desires are gone. All those who have attained the Absolute Knowledge (Keval-Gnan) and the Tirthankaras are also called Purush.

Let’s now go through the life stories of the Lord’s past two births, prior to His birth as Tirthankar Ajitnath Bhagwan.

The Third-Last Birth as King Vimalvahan
The Second-Last Birth as Ahmendra Dev
The Last Birth as Tirthankar Ajitnath
Omniscience and Nirvana
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