Subha Todeyyaputta visits the
Jetavana and asks him why, among mankind, some are high and some low, some
long-lived and some short, some handsome and some plain, some rich and some
poor, etc. It is the result of their heritage from the past, answers the Buddha;
their deeds are their possessions, their parents, their kindred and their
refuge; he then proceeds to explain in detail (M.iii.202ff). Subha acknowledges
the Buddha as his teacher.
The Commentary (MA.ii.962) calls this
the Subha Sutta. For details of the circumstances in which the sutta was
preached see Subha Todeyyaputta.