Vimana Vatthu

Vimāna VatthuVv 5.9 Dutiya Sūcī Sutta
Second Needle Mansion

Offering a needle to an Arahant brought much happiness to a deva.

Moggallana Bhante:

Dear Deva, your mansion is way up in the sky and spreads over one hundred and twenty kilometers. Pillars of beryl and other gemstones, and seven hundred pinnacled buildings are in your estate. It is very beautiful. Inside the mansion, you drink and eat and enjoy the sweetness of heavenly food. Guitars play sweet music. You have the five kinds of sensual pleasures. Devatas wearing gold jewelry dance for you.

What are the meritorious deeds that led to this happiness?

Tell me Deva, 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 deva, delighted at being questioned by Arahant Moggallana, gladly explained what he had done that resulted in such great happiness.


In my previous life, I was a man living in the human world. One day I saw a monk. He was very calm and peaceful. He was a noble monk, free from all defilements. My mind was so happy, and I offered a needle to that Bhante with my own hands.

Because of this meritorious deed, I have been born as a very beautiful deva 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 which shines in all directions.

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Vimāna Vatthu 5.9 Dutiya Sūcī Sutta: Second Needle Mansion

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