| Minor Stories Index
76: The Story of Thera Radha
While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the
Buddha uttered Verse (76) of this
reference to Thera Radha, who was at one time a poor old Brahmin.
Radha was a poor brahmin, who stayed in the monastery doing small services for
For his services he was provided with food and clothing and other needs, but was
encouraged to join the Order, although he had a strong desire to become a
One day, early in the morning, when the Buddha surveyed the world with his
power, he saw the poor old brahmin in his vision and knew that he was due for
the Buddha went to the old man, and learned from him that the Bhikkhus of the
not want him to join the Order. The Buddha therefore called all the Bhikkhus to
him and asked
them, "Is there any Bhikkhu here, who recollects any good turn done to him by
this old man?"
To this question, the Venerable Thera
Sariputta replied, "Venerable Sir, I do
recollect an instance,
when this old man offered me a spoonful of rice." "If that be so," the
Buddha said, "shouldn't
you help your benefactor get liberated from the ills of life?" Then the
agreed to make the old man a Bhikkhu and he was duly admitted to the Order. The
Sariputta guided the old Bhikkhu and the old Bhikkhu strictly followed his
guidance. Within a
few days, the old Bhikkhu attained Arahat-ship.
When the Buddha next came to see the Bhikkhus, they reported to him how strictly
Bhikkhu followed the guidance of the Venerable Thera
Sariputta. To them, the Buddha replied that a
Bhikkhu should be amenable to guidance like Radha, and should not resent, when
any fault or failing.
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Verse 76. One should follow a man of wisdom who rebukes one for one's faults, as
follow a guide to some buried treasure. To one who follows such a wise man, it
will be an
advantage and not a disadvantage.
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016