1. Nāgita Thera
An arahant. He belonged to a Sākiyan family in
and entered the Order after hearing the preaching of the
In the time of Padumuttara Buddha he was a Brahmin, named
Nārada, and uttered three stanzas in praise of the Buddha. He was once a king
named Sumitta (Thag.vs.86; ThagA.i.183f). He is probably identical with
Atthasandassaka of the Apadāna (Ap.i.169).
2. Nāgita Thera
For some time the personal attendant of the Buddha (D.i.151; DA.i.310; A.iii.31, 341; iv.341; J. iv.95, etc.). He was the maternal
uncle of the novice Sīha, who is said to have addressed him by the name of Kassapa, his gotta
name. He was fat and, therefore, lazy; he got most of his work done by Sīha.
3. Nāgita Thera
A thera of Ceylon, author of the Saddasāratthajālini.
1. Nāgita Sutta
Once, when the Buddha went to Icchānangala, the brahmin
householders there came, in large numbers, to pay him their respects and made
great uproar outside. When Nāgita, the Buddha's personal attendant at the time,
told him the cause of the clamour, the Buddha replied that he had nothing to do
with homage; his concern was with renunciation. He went on to state five
inevitable things: whosoever eats and drinks must answer the calls of nature;
whosoever loves is destined to sorrow and despair; whosoever dwells on the
asubha must feel disgust for the subha; whosoever sees impermanence in the six
spheres of contact feels disgust for contact; whosoever sees the rise and fall
in the five kinds of attachment, must feel disgust for attachment. A.iii.31ff.
2. Nāgita Sutta
The circumstances are the same as those of No. 1. The
Buddha tells Nāgita that he is pleased with monks who do not live in the
village, but who seek the forest and stave off gains and flattery, but to him
the best is to walk on the highway unattached. A.iii.341ff.; cp. ibid.,