Elements of Jaina Geography: The Jambudvipasamgrahani of Haribhadra Suri with the commentary of Prabhananda Suri)

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Item Code: IDK186
Author: Frank Van DenBossche
Language: (Critically edited and translated
Edition: 2007
ISBN: 8120829344
Pages: 327 (12 Color Illus.)
Cover: Hardcover
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Willibald Kirfel's basic work on ancient Indian cosmography and geography 'Die Kosmographie der Inder; nach den Quellen dargestellt' first appeared in 1920. it treated the Brahmanic, Buddhist and Jaina views on the construction of the universe and of our 'middle' world and, it was entirely based on primary sources. However, since then relatively little work has been carried out in the field of Indian cosmology and geography. In particular editions and translations of basic post-canonical texts, whether extensive (Brhad) or concise (Laghu or Samgrahani), are lacking.

The primary literature on the building of the cosmos that originated in India is extensive. Especially the Jaina tradition is rich in cosmological and geographical texts. The Jaina Agama or Siddhanta already contains numerous cosmological and geographical data. The Jivajivabhigama, Prajnapana (Pkt. Suriyapannatti), Jambudvipaprajnapti (Pkt. Jambuddivapannatti) Candraprajnapti (Pkt. Camdapannatti) and Nirayavali contain materials that are essential for the study of Jaina cosmography. But it was primarily in the post-canonical tradition that cosmographical and geographical treatises abound. In the first part of the 'Bibliography' included in this work a tentative list of Jaina treatises on the matter, Svetambara and Digambara, is given.

I fully realize that, in the first place, a through analysis of the canonical cosmographical and geographical data is needed. However, the Jaina Agamas still require extensive and profound critical editions. But I also think that, meanwhile, editions of the minor and major post-canonical texts can already be undertaken in order to pave the way for a profound analysis of the canonical data. I have opted for a critical edition and annotated translation of the Jambudvipa-samgrahani for two reasons. First, Kirfel included this text and its commentary in the primary sources for his analysis of Jaina cosmography. The second reason was less deliberate. For, initially, I thought that the composer, Haribhadra Suri, was the same as the famous author of a number of important post-canonical texts such as the Anekantajayapataka, Saddarsana-samuccaya, Yogabindu, etc. I was wrong here, but the Jambu-dvipasamgrahani and its commentary by Prabhananda Suri proved important and informative enough for the study of Jaina geography in general to start an analysis of the basic Prakrit text together with its Sanskrit commentary.

I wish to thank the following persons for their valuable support and advice: Prof. Dr. R.I. Nanavati of the Oriental Institute, Vadodara; the Profs. Dr,. S.D. Laddu and A.M. Ghatage of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune; Prof. Jitendra B. Shah and Dr. Lalit Kumar of the L.D. Institute of Indology, Ahmedabad; Prof. V.P. Jain and Mrs. Dr. Aruna Anand of the Bhogilal Leherchand Institute of Indology, Delhi; Dr. K.C. Sogani of the Apabhrams Sahitya Akadami, Jaipur; Dr. Eva De Clercq and Mrs. Hilde De Keukelaere of Ghent University. Especially I want to express my gratitude to Pt. Amrit Patel for his assistance in tracing the Agamic origins of a number of quotations, Dr. Jean-Michel Delire of the University of Brussels for his Persistent help in unraveling the mysteries of Jaina mathematics.

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The present work provides a critical edition and translation of the Jambudvipasamgrahani of Haribhadra Suri (c. 1123 A.D.) together with its Sanskrit commentary by Prabhananda Suri. The Jambudvipasamgrahani is one of the minor (Laghu) texts of Jaina Geography written in standard Maharastri. It consists of thirty gathas and describes the structure of Jambudvipa in a very concise manner. Together with its commentary it was one of the primary sources used by W. Kirfel for his comprehensive Die Kosmographie der Inder nach den Quellen dargestellt (1920) Frank Van Den Bossche (b. 1955) is docent at the Department of Languages and cultures of South and East Asia of Ghent University, Belgium. He obtained his Ph. D. in Eastern Philology in 1993. Currently he teaches Sanskrit, Prakrt and related subjects. He has published on Jaina philosophy (Journal of Indian Philosophy, Asian Philosophy) and Prakrt (A Reference Manual of Middle Prakrit Grammar; The Prakrits of the Dramas and the Jain Texts, 1999).


Preface xi
Abbreviations and typesetting xiv
1.1Jaina cosmography and geography 1
1.2The Jambudvipasamgrahani and its Vrtti 4
1.2.1Haribhadra Suri and Prabhananda Suri 4
1.2.2The text 16
1.2.3The subject matter: ten topics 17
1.2.4The critical edition 20 printed editions 21 manuscripts 21
2Text and translation
Sutra 1 30
Sutra 240
Sutra 3 46
Sutra 4 & 5 51
Sutra 659
Sutra 7 63
Sutra 8 74
Sutra 9 & 1077
Sutra 11 & 1285
Sutra 13 171
Sutra 14 175
Sutra 15 178
Sutra 16 181
Sutra 17 185
Sutra 18 191
Sutra 19 195
Sutra 20 199
Sutra 21 205
Sutra 22 208
Sutra 23 212
Sutra 24 218
Sutra 25 231
Sutra 26 237
Sutra 27 241
Sutra 28 244
Sutra 29 246
Sutra 30 249
Appendix 1: The circumference of Jambudvipa 255
Appendix 2: Materials for the study of the Jaina Haribhadras 257
Fig. 1 The Jaina Universe 275
Fig. 2 The Continents 276
Fig. 3 The Main Mountain Ranges 277
Fig. 4 The Main Rivers278
Fig. 5 The Lakes279
Fig. 6 Bharata280
Fig. 7 Mahavideha – the Provinces281
Fig. 8 Mahavideha – the Mountain ranges282
Fig. 9 Mahavideha – the Inland Rivers283
Fig. 10 Devakuru & Uttarakuru284
Fig. 11 A Province in Mahavideha285
Fig. 12 The Vaitadhya or Vijayardha Mountains286
Bibliography 287
Index 303
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