Bhikkhu Subhuti was declared chief of those who lived in remote
places and in peace and of those who were worthy of gifts because
whenever he went for alms round he would develop metta jhana at each door.
Subhuti:The Fragrant Bhikkhu
[Presented by Dr.Han Tun @ SariputtaDhamma/JTN]
He belonged to a clansman's family of Magadha, and, because of his
predisposition to renunciation, left domestic life and joined sectarian
ascetics. Dissatisfied with them and seeing the happiness enjoyed by Upatissa,
Kolita, Sela and others, after they had joined the Order, he too became a monk
under the Buddha, winning the favour of his teachers. He went into solitude with
an exercise for meditation, and soon afterwards attained arahantship.
In the time of Kassapa Buddha he belonged to a very rich family of Benares, and,
after hearing the Buddha preach, rubbed the Buddha's Gandhakuti eight times a
month with the four kinds of perfumes. As a result of this, he was born, in all
his births, with a fragrant body.
Special note***: He was the son of Sumanasetthi and the younger brother
of Anathapindika. After ordination, and, after obtaining a subject for
meditation, he lived in the forest. There he developed insight, and attained
arahantship on the basis of metta jhana. Teaching the Dhamma, without
distinction and limitation, he was declared chief of those who lived in remote
places and in peace (arannaviharina.m) and of those who were worthy of gifts
(dakkhi.neyyana.m). It is said that when he went for alms round he would
develop metta jhana at each door, hence every gift made to him was of the
Love Buddha's dhamma