Relates the story of
the Buddha's visit to Baka and the conversation between Baka and the Buddha on
that occasion. The incidents of Baka's previous life are referred to but without
detail (S.i.142 f). Cp. Brahmanimantika Sutta.
This sutta cannot be identical with the
Bakabrahma Sutta mentioned in Theragāthā Commentary and quoted there in full
(ii. 185 f). It is stated there that once when the Buddha was at Jetavana a
certain Brahmā conceived the view that no monk or recluse could come to his
world. The Buddha, aware of this, went to the Brahma world and stood in the air
enveloped in flame.
He was followed by Moggallāna, Kassapa, Kappina and
Anuruddha. Moggallāna asked the Brahmā if he still held the same view, to which
he replied that he no longer thought that he was eternal. (This shows that the
Brahmā of the story was most probably Baka.)
When the Buddha and his followers
had departed, the Brahmā sent one of his retinue to Moggallāna to find out if
there were other disciples of the Buddha as mighty as he. Moggallāna's answer
was that there were many such (the sutta is given at S. i.144 ff., but there the
name given is “Aparāditthi” Sutta).