|Family: Ven. Rahula, the Buddha, Ven. Ananda|
- The Buddha (Prince Siddhartha Gautama of the Shakya/Scythian Clan) was raised to be a royal with karma sufficient to be a "world monarch." (See legend of the chakravartin/cakkavatti rulers). Only two other people at that time were born with such karma, Ananda and Rahula.
- Rahula was his only son, according to the Pali canon, and Ananda his first cousin. This is strange because of Rahula's lackluster story (named "foremost in doing quiet good") compared to Ananda's many contributions. Both were Sakyian/Scythian princes and both ordained as Buddhist monastics, as did the Buddha's wife (Princess Bimba known to the world by her descriptive name Yasodharā, the famous nun Ven. Bhaddakaccānā who was also called Bhaddakaccā, Bimbādevī, Bimbāsundarī, Bhaddakaccānā, and Subhaddakā) and mother, Maha Pajapati, the world's first Buddhist nun.
- The Buddha was always accompanied by an attendant, whose job it was to run messages, make arrangements, and to attend to the Buddha's personal needs. For the first 20 years [possibly when Ananda was coming of age sufficient to become a fully ordained Buddhist monk, which is 20-years-old] of his dispensation, the Buddha had several monastic attendants: Nagasamala, Upavana, Nagita, Cunda, Radha, and others, but none of them proved to be suitable. One day the Buddha was read to pick a permanent attendant, so he called all the monks together and addressed them: "I am now getting old and wish to have someone as a permanent attendant who will follow my wishes in every way. Which of you would like to be my attendant?" All of the monks enthusiastically offered their services, except for Ananda, who modestly sat at the back in silence. The Buddha chose Ananda, who only accepted with conditions the Buddha gladly granted as they promoted the Dharma. More
|The royal Sakiyans (Scythians) of Scythia/Central Asia married their cousins.|
|Shakyamuni the Scythian prince|
- Then King Pasenadi of Kosala said to the Blessed One, "Venerable sir, what is the name of this monk?"
- "His name is 'Ananda,' great king."
- "What a joy he is! What a true joy!..."
- service to others
- power of memory (Ibid.)
Ananda as cousin and Sakiyan prince
|To be very learned is wonderful...so long as one practices. Practice is more important.|
Ānanda was one of the principal disciples of the Buddha. He was a first cousin of the Buddha and was deeply attached to him.
Like Prince Siddhartha, Ananda came to earth from Tusita (a world in space) and was reborn on the same day as the Bodhisatta, his father being Amitodana the Sākiyan, brother of King Suddhodana, the Buddha's father.
Mahānāma and Anuruddha were therefore his brothers (or probably step-brothers). According to the Mtu.iii.176, Ānanda was the son of Suklodana [Sukkodana* a name awfully similar to Suddhodana, the Buddha's father] and the brother of Devadatta [the brother of Bimba/Yasodhara, the Buddha's wife and cousin] and Upadhāna. His mother was Mrgī.
- *Sukkodana or Sukkhodana: a Sākiyan prince, son of Sihahanu and paternal uncle of Gautama Buddha (Mhv.ii.20; see SNA.i.357). Mahānāma and Anuruddha were his sons (MA.i.289).
The one disciple of the Buddha most often mentioned in his sutras is Ananda. Among all those great nuns and monks around the Buddha, Ananda occupies a unique position... More
- 1. Ananda's Personal Path
- 2. Ananda's Renown
- 3. Ananda as the Buddha's Attendant
- 4. Ananda as the Guardian of the Dhamma
- 5. Ananda's Attitude Toward Women
- 6. Ananda and His Fellow Monks
- 7. Ananda's Conversations with the Buddha
- 8. Ananda's Former Lives
- 9. The Last Days of Gotama the Buddha
- 10. After the Death of the Buddha