Title- Story Demonstrating the Attributes of the Dhamma (The Story of Insane Patacari)

___The Story of Insane Patacari ___

Patacari was the daughter of a banker in the town of Savatthi. When she was grown up, she fell in love with one of her family’s servant. Of course, her family wanted her to marry someone of her own rank. But when they tried, she ran away with her lover. They married and settled in a hamlet.


When she was expecting a child, she told her husband she wanted to return to her parents. Since her husband was afraid, so he kept finding reasons not to go. Finally, one day when she was alone, she left word with the neighbours and set out for her parents’ house by herself. When her husband found out, he ran after her. Before she reached Savatthi, she gave birth to a son, so they all returned home to their hamlet together.


When her second child was due, she once again asked her husband to go with her to her parent, but again she finally set out on her own. Her husband soon followed. On the way, the second child was born. Soon after the birth a great storm came. Patacari’s husband went to cut sticks and grass to make a shelter. While he was in the jungle, a snake bit him and he died.


Patacari spent the night alone, tired and wet, lying on the ground hugging her two sons. In the morning she found her husband’s dead body. Filled with sadness, she decided to go to her parents’ house. She came to a flooded river, and because she was weak and tired, could not carry both children across together. So she put the newborn on a pile of leaves on the bank, and carried the older son across. In midstream, she looked back just in time to see a huge hawk swooping down to take her newborn. In her shock, she dropped the older boy, who was carried away by the flood.


Feeling on grief, she decided to continue on to her parents’ house. When she got to Savatthi, she learned that a fire had broken out in the night, burning the house and its occupants to the ground.


Patacari lost her mind, and wandering around in circles, near naked. People drove her from their doors, until one day she arrived in Jetavana, where the Buddha was preaching the dhamma. The people around him tried to stop her from coming close, but the Buddha called her to him and talked to her. With the power of his gentleness and compassion, she got her mind back, and sat and listened to the Buddha. A man threw her his robe, and she put it on and drew closer to the Buddha. She worshipped at his feet, and told him her story. She begged for his help. He consoled her, and made her see that death comes to everyone. Then he taught her the highest truths of his teaching. When the Buddha had finished speaking, Patacari became a sotapanna and asked to be ordained as a Bhikkhuni. The Buddha accepted her.


One day, while washing her feet, she noticed how the water trickled, sometimes a short distance, and sometimes further.


She thought, just in this way do all people die, in childhood, in middle age, or old age. She became an arahat, through the compassion of the Buddha. Later she became a great teacher, and many women suffering from grief went to her for guidance and consolation. The Buddha declared her the best among the nuns who knew the Vinaya.



Morale of The Story

At first, she was almost insane because of the worries she experienced at the death of her husband and her sons. But later on, her grief and lamentation were dispelled when she met the Buddha and listened to His teaching.


While listening the Dhamma, she contemplated the discourse and thus she became free from all defilements.


The above mentioned story provides some examples of the Attributes of the Dhamma. It proves that the Dhamma brings immediate good results at the instant of hearing. Where Can We Find the Dhamma So Practical and So Beneficial Other Than Buddhism ???



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