| Minor Stories Index
93: The Story of Thera Anuruddha
While residing at the
Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (93) of this
reference to Thera Anuruddha.
Thera Anuruddha was one day looking for some discarded pieces of cloth in a
rubbish heap to
make into a robe as his old robe was getting soiled and torn. Jalini, his wife
of a previous
existence, who was now in a deva world, saw him. Knowing that he was looking for
she took three pieces of good deva material and put them in the rubbish heap,
barely visible. The thera found the pieces of cloth and took them to the
monastery. While he
was making the robe, the Buddha arrived with his Chief Disciples and senior
disciples and they
also helped stitch the robe.
Meanwhile, Jalini, assuming the form of a young lady, came to the village and
learnt about the
arrival of the Buddha and his disciples and also how they were helping
Thera Anuruddha. She
urged the villagers to send good delicious food to the monastery and
consequently there was
more than enough for all. Other Bhikkhus, seeing so much surplus, put the blame
on the thera
and said, "Thera Anuruddha should have asked his relatives and lay disciples to
enough food; may be, he just wanted to show off that he had so many devotees."
Bhikkhus, the Buddha said, "Bhikkhus, do not think my son Anuruddha has asked
and lay disciples to send rice gruel and other foods. My son the elder did not
ask for anything;
Arahats do not talk about such things like food and clothing. The excessive
amount of food
brought to the monastery this morning was due to the promptings of a celestial
being and not
of a man."
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Verse 93. The Arahat is free from
mental fermentations (asavas); he is not attached
as his object liberation from existence, i.e., Nibbana which is Void and
His path, like that
of birds in the air, cannot be traced.
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016