Haribhadra Suri, Jain Author - Informative & researched article on Haribhadra Suri, Jain Author
 Indianetzone: Largest Free Encyclopedia of India with thousand of articlesIndian Literature

 Art & Culture|Entertainment|Health|Reference|Sports|Society|Travel
Forum  | Free E-magazine  | RSS Feeds  
History of India|Indian Temples|Indian Museums|Indian Literature|Geography of India|Flora & Fauna|Indian Purans|Indian Philosophy|Indian Administration|Indian Languages|Education
Home > Reference > Indian Literature > Religious Influence on Indian Literature > Haribhadra Suri
Haribhadra Suri, Jain Author
Haribhadra Suri was a Swetambara Jain leader and author. According to his writings he is a student of Jinabhadra who has many notable works to his credit.
 Book of Haribhadra Suri, Jain AuthorHaribhadra Suri was a Swetambara mendicant Jain leader and writer. His life is shrouded in mystery. There are various conflicting dates regarding his date of birth. It is said that he dates back to the eighth century. He was taught by Jinabhadra. Haribhadra was an educated Brahmin who had declared that he would become a pupil of anyone who stated a sentence which he could not understand. Once he heard a Jain nun named Yakini Mahattara narrate a verse that he could not understand. He went to her teacher Jinabhata, who promised Haribhadra that he would teach him if he embraced Jainism. Haribhadra immediately agreed, and later took the name Yakiniputra, or "Spiritual Son of Yakini".

According to another account Haribhadra Suri is shown having relations between Buddhist and Jain mendicants. He was teaching two of his nephews. They went to study logic at a Buddhist temple secretly and fled after their true identity was discovered. One of the nephews was killed and the other died of grief. Haribhadra engaged the monks in a philosophical debate and won. Those who lost he ordered them to jump into a tub of hot oil. When Haribhadra's teacher came to know of this he ordered him to undertake harsh penances for his conduct. He did as he was told and took the title "Virahanka", which means "having separation."

Works of Haribhadra Suri
Haribhadra Suri is well known for his works in Sanskrit and Prakrit which deal with Jain doctrines and ethics. As per tradition there are 1400 different works assigned to him. Some of the works are respected a lot in Jainism. His major teachings include tolerance for other traditions and that ultimate reality that can be seized from different perspectives.

Through his writings, he has established that Sanskrit language would be the language of Jain study. He was familiar with the techniques of Brahmanical study and wrote in the same style. He is noted for respect he had towards other religions. He wrote a commentary on the Nyayapravesa which is a text on Indian logic by the Buddhist scholar Dignaga. He supports similar Jain thought.

Notable works of Haribhadra Suri:
* Anekantajayapataka (puts arguments about anekantavada)
* Ashtakaprakarana (its about the eightfold path)
* Dharmabindu (outlines the rules for beggars as well as speaks of the delight of Moksha)
* Dhurtakhyana (a sort of a satire on Hinduism)
* Pancasaka (a Prakrit composition on rituals)
* Saddarsanasamuccaya (collection of Six Philosophies)
* Samaraiccakaha(its about Samaraicca)
* Sastravartasamuccaya (collection of instructive Teachings)
* Yogabindu (Yoga)
* Yogadrishtisamuccaya (collection of views on Yoga)
* Yogasataka (a work on yoga)
* Sanmatti Prakaran
* Jambudvipasamgrahani

(Last Updated on : 20/02/2013)
More Articles in Religious Influence on Indian Literature  (41)
Recently Updated Articles in Indian Literature
R. K. Laxman
R. K. Laxman is a well-known Indian cartoonist, humorist and illustrator. He has contributed extensively in magazines and newspapers. For his works, he has been honoured with Padma Vibhushan by the Government of India. He is best known for his creation "The Common Man" and for his daily cartoon strip, "You Said It" in The Times of India, which started in 1951.
Tiruvacakam or Thiruvasagam is a volume of devotional hymns in Tamil composed by Manikkavacakar, renowned poets of the Hindu Bhakti revival, in the 9th century.
Romantic Themes in Indian Literature
Romantic themes in Indian literature seem to cross that thin line between reality and fiction.
Sanskrit Scientific Literature
Sanskrit Scientific Literature is a volatile source of incessant knowledge. It comprises of compositions based on Astrology, Physiognomy, Palmistry, Mathematics, Gemmology, alchemy, medicine and others.
Novelists in Tamil Literature
Novelists in Tamil Literature consist of many reputed Tamil authors, such as Vetanayakam Pillai, Nateca Sastri, Rajam Iyer, who wrote various noteworthy novels during the 19th century.
E-mail this Article | Post a Comment
Forum on Indian Literature
Free E-magazine
Subscribe to Free E-Magazine on Reference
Haribhadra Suri, Jain Author - Informative & researched article on Haribhadra Suri, Jain Author
Contact Us   |   RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2008 Jupiter Infomedia Ltd. All rights reserved including the right to reproduce the contents in whole or in part in any form or medium without the express written permission of
Jupiter Infomedia Ltd.