| Minor Stories Index
98: The Story of Thera Revata
While residing at the
Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (98) of this
reference to Thera Revata of the Acacia (khadira) Forest.
Revata was the youngest brother of the Chief Disciple Sariputta. He was the
only one of the
brothers and sisters of Sariputta, who had not left home for the homeless life.
were very anxious to get him married. Revata was only seven years old, when his
arranged a marriage for him to a young girl. At the wedding reception, he met an
old lady who
was one hundred and twenty years old, and he realized that all beings are
subject to ageing
and decay. So, he ran away from the house and went straight to a monastery,
were thirty Bhikkhus. Those Bhikkhus had been requested earlier by Thera
Sariputta to make
his brother a samanera if he should come to them. Accordingly, he was made a
Sariputta was informed about it.
Samanera Revata took a subject of meditation from those Bhikkhus, and left for an
forest, thirty yojanas away from the monastery. At the end of the rains retreat, the
attained Arahatship. Thera
Sariputta then asked permission from the Buddha to
brother, but the Buddha replied that he himself would go there. So the Buddha
Sivali and five hundred other Bhikkhus set out to visit
The journey was long, the road was rough and the area was uninhabited by people;
devas looked to all the needs of the Buddha and the Bhikkhus on the way. At an
every yojana, a monastery and food were provided, and they travelled at the rate
of a yojana
a day. Revata, learning about the visit of the Buddha, also made arrangements to
By supernormal power he created a special monastery for the Buddha and five
monasteries for the other Bhikkhus, and made them comfortable throughout their
On their return journey, they travelled at the same rate as before, and came to
Pubbarama monastery on the eastern end of Savatthi at the end of the month. From
they went to the house of Visakha, who offered them alms-food. After the meal,
asked the Buddha if the place of Revata in the acacia forest was pleasant.
And the Buddha answered in verse as follows:
Verse 98. In a village or in a forest, in a valley or on a hill,
Arahats dwell, that place is
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016