| Minor Stories Index
Verses 51 and
The Story of Chattapani, a Lay Disciple
While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verses (51)
and (52) of this
hook, with reference to the lay disciple Chattapani and the two queens of King
A lay disciple named Chattapani who was an anagami* lived in Savatthi. On one
Chattapani was with the Buddha at the Jetavana monastery respectfully and
listening to a religious discourse, when King Pasenadi also came to the Buddha.
not stand up because he thought that by standing up, it might mean that he was
respect to the king, but not paying due respect to the Buddha. The king took
that as an insult
and was very much offended. The Buddha knew exactly how the king was feeling; so
in praise of Chattapani, who was well-versed in the Dhamma and had also attained
Anagami Fruition. On hearing this, the king was impressed and favourably
When the king next met Chattapani he said, "You are so learned; could you please
come to the
palace and give lessons of the Dhamma to my two queens?" Chattapani declined but
suggested that the king should request the Buddha to assign a Bhikkhu for this
the king approached the Buddha in connection with this, and the Buddha directed
Venerable Ananda to go regularly to the palace and teach the Dhamma to queen
queen Vasabhakhattiya. After some time, the Buddha asked the Venerable Ananda
progress of the two queens. The Venerable Ananda answered that although Mallika
learning the Dhamma seriously, Vasabhakhattiya was not paying proper attention.
this the Buddha said that the Dhamma could be of benefit only to those who learn
with due respect and proper attention and then practise diligently what was
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Just as a beautiful flower, lacking in scent, cannot give the wearer the benefit
its scent, so also, the well-preached words of the Buddha cannot benefit one who
practise the Dhamma.
Verse 52. Just as a flower,
beautiful as well as fragrant, will give the wearer the benefit of
its scent, so also, the well-preached words of the Buddha will benefit one who
* Anagami; one who has attained the third Magga.
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016