Revata, the youngest brother of Sariputta, was a super-power monk of the
Buddha, declared by him foremost(etadagga) among forest dwellers (ara~n~nakanam).
Revata Khadiravaniya:The Great Forest Bhikkhu
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Revata (called Khadiravaniya). An arahant Thera. An eminent disciple of the
Buddha, declared by him foremost among forest dwellers (ara~n~nakanam). He was
the youngest brother of Sariputta, and a marriage was arranged for him by his
mother who was miserable at seeing her children desert her one after another to
join the Order, and wished to keep the youngest at home. He was only seven years
old, and, on the wedding day, the relations of both bride and bridegroom
showered blessings on the couple and said to the bride: "May you live as long as
your grandmother." Revata asked to see the grandmother, and was shown a woman of
one hundred and twenty, decrepit, and showing all the signs of advanced old age.
Realizing that his wife would probably share the same fate, he left the bridal
procession on some pretext on the way home, and ran away to a place where some
monks lived. Sariputta , foreseeing this, had instructed the monks to ordain his
brother without reference to his parents, and, when Revata revealed his identity,
the monks at once admitted him into the Order.
When Sariputta heard this, he wished to visit his brother, but was persuaded by
the Buddha to wait. Revata, after waiting a long time for the visit from
Sariputta, obtained from his teachers a formula of meditation and himself set
out to see the Buddha. On the way he stopped at a khadiravana (acacia forest)
during the rainy season and there won arahantship.
At the end of the rains the Buddha, accompanied by Sariputta and Ananda, with
five hundred other monks, started out to visit Revata.
There were two routes leading to the khadiravana, of which the shorter was
thirty leagues long, straight, but infested with evil spirits. This the Buddha
chose because Sivali Thera was in the company of monks, and the Buddha knew
that the deities of the forest would provide the monks with all they needed
because of Sivali's presence. When Revata knew that the Buddha was approaching,
he created, by his magic power, splendid dwellings for him and his monks. The
Buddha spent two months in the forest and then returned to the Pubbarama in
Some time after, Revata returned to his native village and brought away with him
his three nephews, sons of his three sisters, Calaa, Upacala and
Sisupacala. Sariputta heard of this and went to see Revata. Revata knowing
that he was coming, exhorted his nephews to be particularly heedful, and
Sariputta expressed his pleasure at their behaviour.
Revata loved solitude, and, on one occasion, a lay disciple named Atula, hearing
that he was in Savatthi, went with five hundred others to hear him preach. But
Revata said that he delighted in solitude and refused to address them, and Atula
went away complaining. Revata's delight in solitude was sometimes misunderstood.
For instance, the Elder Sanun~njani went about continually sweeping, and, seeing
Revata sitting cross legged, thought him an idler. Revata read his thoughts and
*****In the time of Padumuttara Buddha , Revata was a boatman at Payaga on the
Ganges, and once took the Buddha and his thousand followers across the river in
a boat decked with canopies, flowers, etc. On that occasion he heard the Buddha
declare one of the monks highest among forest dwellers, and wished for a similar
honour for himself under a future Buddha.
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