Categories
Samyutta Nikaya
Sakka Saṁyutta

11.12 Dutiya Deva Sattavatapada Sutta
The Second Discourse about the Noble Promises of God Sakka

What were the names associated with God Sakka and why was he called those?

One time the Blessed One was staying in the province of Sāvatthi, in Jeta’s park, at Anāthapiṇḍika’s monastery. There the Blessed One said to the monks:

“Monks, in the past when Sakka, lord of the gods, was a human being, he was a youth named Magha; therefore he is called Maghavā.

“Monks, in the past, when Sakka, lord of the gods, was a human being, he gave gifts before others gave theirs on every occasion; therefore he is called Purindada.

“Monks, in the past, when Sakka, lord of the gods, was a human being, he gave gifts in a well organized manner; therefore he was called Sakka.

“Monks, in the past, when Sakka, lord of the gods, was a human being, he gave houses; therefore he is called Vāsava.

“Monks, Sakka, lord of the gods, thinks a thousand matters in a moment; therefore he is called Sahassa-netta, Thousand-eyed.

“Monks, Sakka’s wife is the titan-maiden named Sujā; therefore he is called Sujampati, Sujā’s husband.

“Monks, Sakka, lord of the gods, lives in great luxury, practices supreme power and rules over the Tāvatimsa gods; therefore he is called lord of the gods.

“Monks, in the past, when Sakka, lord of the gods, was a human being, he practiced seven noble promises. Since he did that, he became god Sakka.”

When a person supports his parents, respects the family elders, speaks gentle and pleasing words, doesn’t speak divisive words, removes greediness, speaks truthfully, and controls anger, the Tāvatiṁsa gods call him a truly superior person.

Three Bar Menu Button

Saṁyutta Nikāya 11.12 Dutiya Deva Sattavatapada Sutta: The Second Discourse about the Noble Promises of God Sakka

Explore other suttas with this topic:

Explore other suttas with this individual:

Have a question?

Do you have a question about what you have read?