1. Asita Devala. A sage (isi). His story is given in the
Assalāyana Sutta (M.ii.154ff). Once there were
seven brahmin sages living in thatched cabins in the wilds. They conceived the
view that the brahmins are the highest class of men and that they alone are the
legitimate sons of Brahma. Hearing of this, Asita Devala appeared before their
hermitage in orange attire, with stout sandals and staff, and shouted for them.
The brahmins cursed him with the intention of shrivelling him into a cinder, but
the more they cursed the more comely and handsome grew Asita. Feeling that their
austerities were evidently fruitless, they questioned Asita who urged them to
discard their delusion. Having learnt his identity, they saluted him and wished
to be instructed; Asita examined and cross-questioned them about their
pretensions regarding their lineage and they could find no answer. They
thereupon followed his advice and renounced their claims to superiority.
Buddhaghosa says that Asita Devala was the Bodhisatta. MA.ii.785.
2. Asita Devala.More commonly called Kāla Devala, probably identical
with (1) above, and mentioned in the Indriya
Jātaka (J.iii.463ff). He was one of the seven chief disciples of the
Bodhisatta Sarabhanga and lived with many
thousand sages in Avanti Dakkhināpatha. He had a
younger brother Nārada, also an ascetic, who lived in
Arañjara. When Nārada
became enamoured of a courtesan on the river-bank near Arañjara, Kāla Devala
flew to him, and in due course brought Sālissara,
Mendissara and Pabbatissara to
admonish him. When they, too, failed in their efforts to convert Nārada, Kāla
Devala brought the master of all sages, Sarabhanga, who with their help
persuaded Nārada to give up his love.
In this present age Kāla Devala became
Mahā Kaccana (J.iii.469).