||1 Lakh Years
|Family of Birth
|First person to donate food
|Period of Meditation
||Chakrayadhare and other 800 members
|Place of attaining salvation
||Bhadrapadha Krishna 7
||Jyeshta Krishna 14
||Jyeshta Krishna 14
|Kevala Jnana Kalyan
||Pushya Shukla 10
The account of the earlier incarnations of Bhagwan Shantinath indicates that this soul had taken the path that lead towards purity of soul. As a result of his upkiftment of the soul as Shrisen and Vajrayudh he got birth as Meghrath, son of King Dhanrath of Pundarikini town in Mahavideh area. King Dhanrath gave his throne to his son and became ascetic.
Meghrath was a religious ruler. He was compassionate and protected all living things. Being a Kshatriya and a warrior he had the courtesy to sacrifice all he had in order to protect those in trouble.
One day while observing the partial renunciation vow he was about to start a discourse on the religion propagated by Tirthankars. All of a sudden a pigeon came there trembling with fear. In human voice that pigeon requested the king to save him and take him under his protection. The king accepted the request. A few seconds later a falcon came there. It too, in human voice asked king to leave the pigeon as it was his food and if he will not eat pigeon he die of hunger. King refused to hand over the pigeon to the falcon and promised to give falcon anything to eat instead of pigeon. But falcon disagreed. King was ready to do anything instead of handling over the pigeon to the falcon.
Then king cutted an equal amount of flesh from his body, weighed it equal to the weight of the pigeon and gave it to falcon to eat and satisfy its hunger. Every body present on the seen were spellbound and full of tears.
Surprisingly, the weight of the pigeon continued to increase and king continued putting flesh in the pan. Witnessing this pathetic seen everybody was moved to tears. When the flesh on the body of the king was not enough, Meghrat got up and sat in the pan himself and offered his entire self to the falcon but did not let him harm the pigeon. All of a sudden a divine light flashed and the pigeon and falcon both disappeared. The God addressed the king, “Maharaj!, the king of Gods was praising your compassion and courage, in his assembly. I could not control myself and came to down to test you myself. This was all a play directed by me. Please forgive me.” The God filled Meghrat’s wounds instantaneously and left for his abode.
King Meghrat’s uncommen purity and determination made gods to bow to him with reverence. Many tried to disturb Meghrat to test his detachment and purity, by a display of dances and inviting gestures. But all in vain. King Meghrat handed over the entire kingdom’s responsibilities to his son and became an ascetic. In the process he earned Tirthankar-nam-gotra. He reincarnated in the Sarvarthsiddha dimension of gods from where he came in the womb of Achiradevi.
It had been raining from continuous seven days in Hastinapur area. The sky was covered with dense dark clouds and it was thundering along with heavy rain. Everybody was upset in the town. But this morning, clouds seemed to calm down a little and rain turned to drizzle. Queen could not control her self this morning and went to meet the king inspite of the rain outside. She wanted to tell the king about the fourteen auspicious dreams she saw at the dawn of the day. King understood that her queen was carrying a pious soul in her womb.
King was sitting in his court when his general, secretary, health minister, religious leaders all came to him and mentioned about the epidemic spread all over and that about hundreds of people started dying every day. King was in great tension because he felt helpless in solving the problem. He took a vow that he will not eat or drink as long as peace and normalcy does not return to his to his kingdom. Moved by his this harsh vow, the king of gods himself appeared before the king and said, “O king! You are unnecessarily disturbed. What can happen wrong in the place where the wish fulfilling trio of chintamani, kalpavriksha, and Kamdhenu exists? Remember about the fourteen dreams that the queen saw. Her glance at the vast expanses of your kingdom all around is enough to remove all the miseries from wherever it reaches.”
Next day in a beautiful chariot king and queen both started their journey for the entire kingdom. And wherever they went there was a message of calmness and relief.
On the thirteenth day of the dark half of the month of Jyeshtha the queen gave birth to the great and illustrious son. The whole universe, including even the hell, was imbued by a soothing glow and a feeling of joy and happiness. Due to the pacifying influence during the pregnancy of the queen, the young angel was named as ‘Shantinath’.
As a Prince and King
Time passed by and Shantinath became young handsome prince. His beauty, vision, wisdom, deep thoughts, religious nature was famous. Though he was not interested in getting married, yet he knew that he had some karmas left to be shed off. So he married and had a son who was named Chakrayudh. King Vishwasen handed over the kingdom to Shantinath and went away on the path meditation in search of Moksha.
King Shantinath was to be a Chakravarti king that was decided by his stars and it was what his religious leaders have been telling him and inspiring him. Few years later a divine disc weapon appeared in the armory and it started moving towards east on its own way. Shantinath took permission from his mother and followed the weapon. Most of the kings on the way surrendered. Tibet, china all surrendered. And soon Shantinath became Chakravati king. His kingdom was under the influence of peace and calmness allover.
Slowly and steadily all his Karmas to live in palace and rule as a king was over. He realized the real purpose of his life, his ultimate goal to be achieved in this very life span. He handed over the responsibilities of the kingdom to Chakrayudh.
For the entire year from that time, he distributed wealth among the people. One day, along with thousand other kings, he came out of the palace, removed his hair with his fist, uttered, “Namo Siddhanam” and became an ascetic.
Omniscience and Nirvan
He went roaming place to place and meditating. Lots of problems came in his path but they all had to surrender to Shantinath ji’s feet. After one year of spiritual practices he reached Hastinapur and while sitting under Nandi Tree he attained omniscience on the bright half of the month of Paush. In his first religious discourse his son, mother, wife, all the people of Hastinapur and many people from all around came. Under the influence of the Pravachan Chakrayudh also took diksha and started his journey towards Moksha.
Tirthankar Shantinath ji, came to Sammetshikhar and there while meditating there all his Ghati Karma shed away and he attained Nirvan on the dark half of the month of Jyeshtha.