He belonged to a brahmin family of Sāvatthi, and used to go to the vihāra to hear the Buddha teach. One day the Buddha taught for his special benefit, and, very much moved, he joined the Order. However, because of his immaturity of knowledge, he continued some time without application. Later he was impressed by another discourse of the Buddha, and became devoted and intent, attaining Arahantship soon afterwards (Thag.vs.90. ThagA.i.189).