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The Story of
Dhammika Upasaka (Verse 16)
While residing at the Jetavana monastery in Savatthi, the Buddha uttered Verse
this book, with reference to Dhammika, a lay disciple.
Once there lived in Savatthi, a lay disciple by the name of Dhammika, who was
and very fond of giving in charity. He generously offered food and other
requisites to the
Bhikkhus regularly and also on special occasions. He was, in fact, the leader of
hundred virtuous lay disciples of the Buddha who lived in Savatthi. Dhammika had
sons and seven daughters and all of them, like their father, were virtuous and
charity. When Dhammika was very ill and was on his death-bed he made a request
Sanghato come to him and recite the sacred texts by his bedside. While the
were reciting the Maha satipatthana Sutta, six decorated chariots from six
worlds arrived to invite him to their respective worlds. Dhammika told them to
wait for a
while for fear of interrupting the recitation of the Sutta. The Bhikkhus,
they were being asked to stop, stopped and left the place.
A little while later, Dhammika told his children about the six decorated
for him. Then and there he decided to choose the chariot from the Tusita world
asked one of his children to throw a garland on to it. Then he passed away and
in the Tusita world. Thus, the virtuous man rejoices in this world as well as in
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Verse 16: Here he rejoices, hereafter he rejoices; one who performed meritorious
rejoices in both existences. He rejoices and greatly rejoices when he sees the
his own deeds.
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016