A chief of the Asuras. In the " Isayo Samuddakā Sutta”
(S.i.227) (q.v.) we are told that, because Sambara refused the request of the
sages for a guarantee of safety, they cursed him, and his mind was deranged.
Buddhaghosa adds (SA.i.266) that, on account of this mental derangement, he came
to be called Vepacitti (S.v.). Elsewhere (S.i.239), however, it is said that
once Sakka asked Vepacitti to teach him Sambara's magic art (Sambarimāyā).
Vepacitti consulted the Asuras and then warned Sakka against learning it
because, through his art, Sambara had fallen into purgatory, where he had been
suffering for a century. Buddhaghosa, in this context (SA.i.272), calls Sambara
an Asurinda, a juggler (māyāvī) who, having practised his māyā, has roasted for
the past century in purgatory.
Mrs. Rhys Davis (KS.i.306 n) thinks there was a rank of
Sambara resembling that of Sakka, and that each succeeding Sambara learnt the
magic art. See also Samvara.