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Pāthikaputta

A naked ascetic of Vesāli who went about claiming to have greater mystic powers than the Buddha, and thereby much impressed Sunakkhatta. Pāthikaputta had prophesied that, after death, the Licchavi general Ajita would be born in the great hell (Mahāniraya), but Ajita was born in Tāvatiṃsa and accused Pāthikaputta of being a liar. Later, the Buddha visited the hermitage of Pāthikaputta, with a large following, in order to refute his claims, but Pāthikaputta avoided him and went to the Tindukhānu-paribbājakārāma. A message was sent to him asking him to come as the Buddha was at his hermitage, but Pāthikaputta was unable to arise from his seat. Thereupon, a Licchavi minister, and, after him, Jāliya Dārupattikantevāsi, went to fetch him, but on discovering that he could not rise, they reviled him for his boastfulness. A.iii.13 ff.

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