1. Sabhiya Sutta.– The sixth sutta of the Mahā Vagga of the Suttanipāta. (SN., pp.91 f). A devatā, who in a previous life had been a relation of Sabhiya (q.v.), asks him a series of questions and exhorts him to join the Order of any recluse who can answer them satisfactorily. Sabhiya wanders about asking his questions of several well-
According to the Theragāthā Commentary (ThagA.i.382), quoted also in the Suttanipāta Commentary, the questions were formulated by Sabhiya’s mother, who, feeling revulsion for her womanhood, developed the absorptions (jhāna) and was reborn in a Brahma world. However, the Suttanipāta Commentary itself (SNA.ii.421) says that they were taught to Sabhiya by a Non-
It is said (ThagA.i.427) that Yasadatta, Sabhiya’s companion, was present at the discussion with the Buddha and listened eagerly hoping for a chance of criticism. However, the Buddha read his thoughts and admonished him at the end of the sutta.
The questions contained in the sutta had been asked and answered in the time of Kassapa Buddha, too, but, while the questions remained, the answers disappeared. VibhA., p.432.