Vimana Vatthu

Vimāna VatthuVv 1.14 Dutiya Suṇisā Sutta
Second Daughter-in-Law Mansion

A deva explains how offering a honey covered cake led her to the heavenly Nandana Park.

Moggallana Bhante:

Devata, your beauty shines in all directions like the bright star named Osadhi.

What are the meritorious deeds that led to this happiness?

Tell me Devata, what kind of meritorious action did you do when you were in the human world to have gained this beauty that shines in all directions, and to have earned all these wonderful things?

That devata, delighted at being questioned by Arahant Moggallana, gladly explained what she had done that resulted in such great happiness.


In my previous life, I was a woman in the human world, a daughter-in-law living in my father-in-law’s house. One day I was pleased to see a monk who was free from defilements and had a peaceful mind.

I offered a honey-covered cake to that monk. To my amazement, I was reborn in the heavenly Nandana Park as a goddess.

Because of this meritorious deed, I have been born as a very beautiful devata and enjoy all the wonderful things that delight my heart.

Great Bhante, that was the meritorious action I did to have such a beautiful body that shines in all directions.

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Vimāna Vatthu 1.14 Dutiya Suṇisā Sutta: Second Daughter-in-Law Mansion

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