| Minor Stories Index
94: The Story of Thera Mahakaccayana
While residing at the Pubbarama monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (94) of this
reference to Thera Mahakaccayana.
On a full moon day, which was also the end of the rains retreat, Sakka with a large
company of devas
came to pay homage to the Buddha, who was then in residence at Pubbarama, the
built by Visakha. At that time, the Buddha was being attended upon by the Chief
all the senior Bhikkhus. Thera Mahakaccayana, who spent the
rains retreat in
arrived, and a seat was kept vacant for him. Sakka paid homage to the Buddha
incense and perfumes. On seeing a vacant seat, he declared how he wished that
Mahakaccayana would come, so that he could pay obeisance to him also. At that
Mahakaccayana arrived; Sakka was very pleased and eagerly paid obeisance to him
flowers, incense and perfumes.
The Bhikkhus were awed by Sakka paying obeisance to Mahakaccayana, but some
thought that Sakka was being partial to Mahakaccayana. To them, the Buddha said,
is restrained in his senses is loved by both men and devas."
The Buddha then spoke in verse as fellows:
Verse 94. The Arahat whose sense-faculties are calm like horses well-tamed by
who is free from pride and
mental fermentation - such an Arahat is held dear even
by the devas.
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016