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06 03 2012 LESSON 545 TheDhammapada Verses and
Stories Dhammapada Verses 94 Mahakaccayanatthera Vatthu The Gods Adore Arahats
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Verse 94. The Gods Adore Arahats
Whose faculties are pacified
as steeds by charioteers well-tamed,
with pride abandoned, unpolluted,
to even devas this One’s dear.
Explanation: Those who senses are calmed as a
horse trained by a horse-tamer, who have fully given up judgment, who is free
of influences, the sight of those mentally stable ones please even the gods.
Dhammapada Verse 94
assa yatha sarathina sudanta
devapi tassa pihayanti tadino1.
Verse 94: The arahat whose sense-faculties are
calm like horses well-tamed by the charioteer, who is free from pride and moral
intoxicants - such an arahat is held dear even by the devas.
1. tadino: one who is calm and tranquil
or unperturbed by the ups and downs of life (Lokadhamma).
The Story of Thera Mahakaccayana
While residing at the Pubbarama monastery, the
Buddha uttered Verse (94) of this book, with reference to Thera Mahakaccayana.
On a full moon day, which was also the end of
the vassa, Sakka with a large company of devas came to pay homage to the
Buddha, who was then in residence at Pubbarama, the monastery built by Visakha.
At that time, the Buddha was being attended upon by the Chief Disciples and all
the senior bhikkhus. Thera Mahakaccayana, who spent the vassa in Avanti, had
not yet arrived, and a seat was kept vacant for him. Sakka paid homage to the
Buddha with flowers, incense and perfumes. On seeing a vacant seat he declared
how he wished that Thera Mahakaccayana would come so that he could pay
obeisance to him also. At that instant Mahakaccayana arrived; Sakka was very
pleased and eagerly paid obeisance to him with flowers, incense and perfumes.
The bhikkhus were awed by Sakka paying
obeisance to Mahakaccayana, but some bhikkhus thought that Sakka was being
partial to Mahakaccayana. To them, the Buddha said, “One who is
restrained in his senses is loved by both men and devas.”
The Buddha then spoke in verse as follows:
Verse 94: The arahat whose sense-faculties are calm like