A wealthy burgess of Sāvatthi who died intestate. In the Saṃyuttanikāya ¹ we find Pasenadi, King of Kosala, visiting the Buddha at noon and telling him that he had just finished having the banker’s wealth removed to the royal coffers, “eight millions of gold to say nothing of silver.” And yet Aputtaka ate nothing except sour husk-
In the next Sutta of the same Nikāya ² the Buddha is reported as revealing the banker’s past. In a former birth he had given alms to a Pacceka Buddha, Tagarasikhī, but later he repented and wished that he had given the food to slaves and workmen.
He had, in the same birth, slain the only son of his brother for the sake of his fortune.
As a result of the alms he was born seven times in the deva-
³ The Mayhaka Jātaka (J.iii.299 f ), contains the whole story of the banker’s past and present, giving many graphic details not found in the Saṃyuttanikāya account, but it does not mention the seven births in heaven or in Sāvatthi. It adds that the king’s men took seven days and nights to remove the treasure. Aputtaka is there referred to not as Aputtaka but as Āgantuka (Strange). See also DhA.iv.76‑80.