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Hārita

1. Hārita.– The same as Harittaca. See the Hāritaca Jātaka.

2. Hārita.– A Mahā Brahmā who was present at the teaching of the Mahāsamaya Sutta, at the head of one hundred thousand other Brahmā (D.ii.261; DA.ii.693; cf. DA.i.40).

He was one of the chief Brahmā. See, e.g., DA.ii.693; MA.ii.576.

3. Hārita Thera.– He was the son of a wealthy brahmin of Sāvatthi, and had a beautiful wife. One day, while contemplating her beauty, he realised that it was impermanent. A few days later his wife was bitten by a snake and died. In his anguish he sought the Buddha, and, comforted by him, left the world. For some time he could not concentrate. Then one day, going to the village for alms, he saw a fletcher straightening his arrow. So he turned back and stirred up insight. The Buddha, standing in the air above him, admonished him in a verse, and Hārita attained Arahantship.

Thirty-one world-cycles ago he offered some kutaja-flowers to a Pacceka Buddha, named Sumana (Thag.vs.29; ThagA.i.87 f). He is evidently identical with Kuṭajapupphiya Thera of the Apadāna. Ap.ii.451.

4. Hārita Thera.– He was a brahmin of Sāvatthi, and, because of pride of birth, used to call others low born. Later he entered the Order, but even then this habit persisted. One day, after hearing the Buddha teach, he reviewed his mind, and was distressed by his conceit and arrogance. Thereupon, putting forth effort, he conjured up insight and won Arahantship.

In the time of Padumuttara Buddha he offered perfumes at the Buddha’s funeral pyre (Thag.vs.261‑3; ThagA.i.376 f). He is evidently identical with Gandhapūjaka Thera of the Apadāna. Ap.ii.406.

5. Hārita. – A mountain near Himavā. Ap.i.278; ThagA.i.247.

6. Hārita Thera.– An Arahant. Dhammadassī Buddha taught him in the Sudassanārāma and declared him foremost of those who practised austerities. BuA.183.

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