Vimana Vatthu

Vimāna VatthuVv 1.8 Tatiya Nāvā Sutta
Third Ship Mansion

A deva explains the merit accumulated when she offered water to a monk who had fallen.

Supreme Buddha:

Devata, your divine mansion is a ship with a roof made of gold. It floats on a pond that is filled with lotus flowers. You happily pick those lotus flowers with your own hands.

Your divine mansion is huge and is separated into many different rooms. It shines in all directions.

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 the Supreme Buddha, gladly explained what she had done that resulted in such great happiness.


In my previous life I was a woman in the human world. One day, I saw several monks who were very thirsty and had fallen to the ground. I got up quickly and offered them water to drink.

Now I know if people offer water to a monk who is thirsty, cool ponds full of white lotuses will appear for them in the heavenly world. Furthermore, their divine mansions will be surrounded with beautiful sandy beaches where streams of water flow smoothly. Mango trees, sala trees, tilakas, rose apples, cassias and trumpet flowers will be in full bloom everywhere. These beautiful mansions appear in such places. They shine brilliantly.

Bhante, that was my meritorious deed which gave me this wonderful result. Only those who do meritorious deeds deserve this happiness.

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 is the meritorious action I did to have such a beautiful body that shines in all directions.

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Vimāna Vatthu 1.8 Tatiya Nāvā Sutta: Third Ship Mansion

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