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Fourteen Auspicious Dreams (N20) 01/19/93 14DREAMS.A01
Complied by Pravin K. Shah, Jain Study Center of North Carolina

Fourteen Auspicious Dreams of Mother Trishala

Queen Trishala, mother of Lord Mahavir at midnight saw fourteen
beautiful and auspicious dreams after conception.
They were:

1. Elephant
2. Bull
3. Lion
4. Goddess Laxmi
5. Garland of Flowers
6. Full Moon
7. Sun
8. Large Flag
9. Silver Urn
10. Lotus-Lake
11. Milky-Sea
12. Celestial Air-plane
13. Heap of Gems
14. Smokeless Fire

1. Elephant
The first dream Queen Trishala saw was of an elephant. She saw a
big, tall, and impetuous elephant. It had two pairs of tusks.
The color of the elephant was white and its whiteness was superior
to the color of marble. It was an auspicious elephant, and was
endowed with all the desirable marks of excellence.

This dream indicates that her son will guide the spiritual
chariot, and save human beings from misery, greed, and attraction
of life.

2. Bull
The second dream Queen Trishala saw was of a bull. The color of
the bull was also white, but it was brighter than white lotuses.
It glowed with beauty and radiated a light all around. It was
noble, grand, and had a majestic hump. It had fine, bright, and
soft hair on his body. Its horns were superb and sharply-pointed.

This dream indicates that her son will be a spiritual teacher of
great ascetics, kings, and other great personalities.

3. Lion
The third dream Queen Trishala saw was of a magnificent lion. Its
claws were beautiful and well-poised. The lion had a large
well-rounded head and extremely sharp teeth. Its lips were
perfect, its color was red, and its eyes were sharp and glowing.
Its tail was impressively long and well-shaped. Queen Trishala saw
this lion descending towards her and entering her mouth.

This dream indicates that her son will be as powerful and strong as
a lion. He will be fearless, almighty, and capable of ruling over
the world.

4. Goddess Laxmi
The fourth dream Queen Trishala saw was of the Goddess Laxmi, the
Goddess of wealth, prosperity and power. She was seated at the top
of mountain Himalaya. Her feet had a sheen of golden turtle. She
had a delicate and soft fingers. Her black hair was tiny, soft,
and delicate. She wore rows of pearls interlaced with emeralds and
a garland of gold. A pair of earring hung over her shoulders with
dazzling beauty. She held a pair of bright lotuses.

This dream indicates that her son will attain great wealth,
power, prosperity.

5. Garland of Flowers
The fifth dream Queen Trishala saw was of a celestial garland of
flowers descending from the sky. It smelled of mixed fragrances of
different flowers. The whole universe was filled with fragrance.
The flowers were white and woven into the garland. They bloomed
during all different seasons. A swarm of bees flocked to it and
they made a humming sound around the region.

This dream indicates that the fragrance of her son's preaching will
spread over the entire universe.

6. Full Moon
The sixth dream queen Trishala saw was of a full moon. It
presented an auspicious sight. The moon was at its full glory. It
awoke the lilies to bloom fully. It was bright like a well
polished mirror. The moon radiated whiteness like a swan. It
inspired the oceans to surge skyward. The beautiful moon looked
like a radiant beauty-mark in the sky.

This dream indicates that her son will have a great physical
structure, and be pleasing to all living beings of the universe.

7. Sun
The seventh dream Queen Trishala saw was of a huge disc of sun.
The sun was shining, and destroying darkness. It was red like the
flame of the forest. Lotuses bloomed at its touch. The sun is the
lamp of the sky and the lord of planets. The sun rose and an put
to end the evil activities of the creatures who thrive at night.

This dream indicates that the teaching of her son will destroy
anger, greed, ego, lust, pride, etc. from the life of the people.

8. Large Flag
The eighth dream Queen Trishala saw was of a very large flag flying
on a golden stick. The flag fluttered softly and auspiciously in
the gentle breeze. It attracted the eyes of all. Peacock feathers
decorated its crown. A radiant white lion was on it.

This dream indicates that her son will be great, noble, and a well
respected leader of the family.

9. Silver Urn
The ninth dream Queen Trishala saw was of a silver urn (kalash)
full of crystal-clear water. It was a magnificent, beautiful, and
bright pot. It shone like gold and was a joy to behold. It was
garlanded with strings of lotuses and other flowers. The pot was
holy and untouched by anything sinful.

This dream indicates that her son will be perfect in all virtues.

10. Lotus-Lake
The tenth dream Queen Trishala saw was of a lotus lake
(padma-sagar). Thousands of lotuses were floating on the lake
which opened at the touch of the sun's rays. The lotuses imparted
a sweet fragrance. There were swarms of fish in the lake. Its
water glowed like flames of fire. The lily-leaves were floating on
the water.

This dream indicates that her son will help to liberate the human
beings who are tangled in the cycle of birth, death, and misery.

11. Milky-sea
The eleventh dream Queen Trishala saw was of a milky sea. Its
water swelled out in all directions, rising to great heights with
turbulent motions. Winds blew and created waves. A great
commotion was created in the sea by huge sea animals. Great rivers
fell into the sea, producing huge whirlpools.

This dream indicates that her son will navigate through life on an
ocean of birth, death, and misery leading to Moksha or liberation.

12. Celestial air-plane
The twelfth dream Queen Trishala saw was of a celestial airplane.
The airplane had eight thousands magnificent gold pillars
studded with gems. The plane was framed with sheets of gold and
garlands of pearls. It was decorated with rows of murals depicting
bulls, horses, men, crocodiles, birds, children, deers, elephants,
wild animals, and lotus flowers. The plane resounded with
celestial music. It was saturated with an intoxicating aroma of
incense fumes. It was illuminated with a bright silvery light.

This dream indicates that all Gods and Goddesses in heaven will
respect and salute to his spiritual teaching and will obey him.

13. Heap of Gems
The thirteenth dream Queen Trishala saw was of a great heap of
gems, as high as Mount Meru. There were gems and precious stones of
all types and kinds. These gems were heaped over the earth and they
illuminated the entire sky.

This dream indicates that her son will have infinite virtues and

14. Smokeless Fire
The fourteenth dream queen Trishala saw was of a smokeless fire.
The fire burned with great intensity and emitted a radiant glow.
Great quantities of pure ghee and honey were being poured on the
fire. It burned with numerous flames.

This dream indicates that the wisdom of her son will excel the
wisdom of all other great people.

After having such fourteen wonderful dreams, Queen Trishala woke
up. Her dreams filled her with wonder. She never had such dreams
before. She narrated her dreams to King Siddharth.

The king called the soothsayers for the interpretation of dreams
and they unanimously said, "Sir, her Highness will be blessed with
a noble son. The dream augur the vast spiritual realm, the child
shall command. Her Highness will become the Universal Mother."

After nine months and fourteen days, Queen Trishala delivered a
baby boy. The boy was named Vardhaman meaning ever increasing.

Immediately after the birth of prince Vardhaman, Indra, the King of
Heaven, arrived with other gods and goddesses. He hypnotized the
whole city including mother Trishala and King Siddharth.

He took baby Vardhaman to Mount Meru and bathed him. He proclaimed
peace and harmony by reciting Bruhat Shanti during the first
bathing ceremony of the new born Tirthankara.

After renunciation and realization of Absolute Self Knowledge,
Prince Vardhaman became Lord Mahavir, the twenty fourth and the
last Tirthankara of Jain religion.