The Buddha was once staying in the upper
storey of the Migāramātupāsāda when he heard the new entrants to the Order, in
the cells below, making a great uproar, talking about the food they had eaten,
and other such worldly topics. The Buddha desired
Moggallāna to come and, when
he appeared, the Buddha asked him to frighten the monks by a display of
By his psychic power Moggallāna caused
the whole building to rock to and fro like a ship, and when the monks, in
terror, sought the Buddha's protection, he explained to them that Moggallāna
gave them the fright as a lesson to them to lead active and energetic lives, for
death lays hold of the slothful.
The monks having listened to the
Buddha's sermon, concentrated their minds on it, and soon after became arahants.
Sn.vv.331-4; SnA.i.336f; cf. S. v.269ff.