Anatha pindika’s childhood name was Sudatta. His father was Sumana, a rich man in Savatthi. He took delight in giving away rice-food to the poor and destitute, so he was widely known as Anathapindika.
The followings are the virtuous qualities that made him deserve veneration.
Anathapindika donated the Buddha a monastery worth many millions in silver coins. He spent almost half that much on a formal ceremony held for a full three months to consecrate the monastery. He was a man who became a Sotapatti Ariya after hearing a Dhamma talk by the Buddha.
He made the following donations everyday:
- alms-food offered by lot to 500 bhikkhus;
- alms-food offered to 500 bhikkhus on such special days as the Waxing day and Waning day;
- alms-soup offered by lot to 500 bhikkhus;
- alms-soup offered to 500 bhikkhus on such special days as the Waxing day and Waning day;
- daily alms-food to 500 particular bhikkhus;
- alms-food for those 500 newly arrived bhikkhus;
- alms-food for 500 bhikkhus who are on a journey;
- alms-food for 500 ailing bhikkhus;
- alms-food for 500 nursing bhikkhus;
- accommodations for 500 bhikkhus.
The Buddha bestowed on him the title of the Greatest among Those Who Have Great Zeal for Donation.
Anathapindika liked the Anathapindika Sutta very much. He lived, abiding by the admonition of Venerable Sariputta and Venerable Anadana. When he died, he was reborn as a deva in the Tusita deva realm.
Doc Version Here In My Group:
Title- Ariyas, The Noble Ones