The Layman Ariya Jotika, the Rich Man with Inestimable Wealth
He was born ofa rich family of Rajagaha. He had the following virtues.
On the day of his birth and the
day on which he was given his name all weapons shone forth with flames of
light. The ornaments the people wore at the time emitted brilliant rays of
light makingthe whole of Rajagahashine with brilliance.Sakka, King of devasbrought
into being a house for him on a very wide plot of land. There appeared a large
seven-tiered mansion decorated with seven kinds of jewels. Seven jewel-studded
fence-walls appeared, each behind the other andPadetha trees (the trees which
can give things as one’s wish)of
plenty grew up between them. In the four corners of the plot there
appeared four big pots of gold and four sugar-cane plants of gold whose
stems were as big as those of palm-trees and whose leaves were all of gold. The
entrance doors of the mansion were guarded by divine ogres.
King Bimbisarahonoured him by giving him a specially-made parasol as
a symbol of his status as a man of immense wealth. His wife namedSatulakayiwas a native of a very far away alien land not easily
accessible to ordinary human beings. When she came toJotika,accompanied bydevas,she had brought with her only a very small amount of
rice grown in her native land and three pieces of flint-stone to be used in
making fire for cooking. The rice and the flint-stone were inexhaustible for
the rest of her life.
Jotikaentertainedthe King Bimbisara and Prince Ajatasattu, son of King Bimbisara,to a meal of rice, that extraordinary variety his wife
had brought with her from her native land. He also gave this rice-meal tomembers of the King’s royal
King Ajatasattuhad a bad will to takeJotika’s wealthand he
paid a visit toJotikaagain
after crowned by killing his own father.JotikatoldAjatasattuthat no one on earth could take away any of his
possessions or wealth without his consent.
He extended his hand forAjatasattuto take
away his finger-rings if he could take them off.Ajatasattuexerted all his effort to take off the rings, but he
could not take any of them off. WhenJotikagave
his consent, all the 20 finger-rings fell off by themselves.Ajatasattu’s great greedinesstaughtJotikaa great
lesson in the nature of avarice.
Jotikabecamea member of the Samghaand eventually, throughthe practice of Dhamma,attained toArahatship.The
having no craving for his wealth and no lustful attachment to his wife. Then
the Buddha delivereda Dhamma discourse,at
the end of which many people becameSotapanna Ariyas.