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Aggika-Bhārādvāja

1. Aggika-Bhārādvāja.– A brahmin of Sāvatthi, of the Bhāradvāja clan. The Buddha, while on his rounds, sees him tending the fire and preparing oblations, and stands for alms in front of his house. The brahmin abuses him, calling him a shaveling (muṇḍaka) and an outcaste (vasala).

Thereupon the Buddha teaches him the Vasala Sutta (or, as it is sometimes called, the Aggika Bhāradvāja Sutta), and wins him over to the faith (Sn.21‑5). The sobriquet Aggika was given to him because he was a tender of the sacred fire. SnA.i.174 f.

2. Aggika-Bhāradvāja.– A brahmin of Rājagaha, evidently different from the above, also a fire-tender. He prepares a meal for sacrifice, and when the Buddha, out of compassion for him, appears before his house for alms, he says the meal is meant only for one who has the “threefold lore” (the three Vedas). The Buddha gives the brahmin another interpretation of the “threefold lore;” (see Aggika Sutta). The brahmin, thereupon, becomes a convert, enters the Order, and, in due course, attains Arahantship. S.i.166 f; SA.i.179.

3. Aggika-Bhāradvāja.– The name assumed by the jackal in the Aggika Jātaka.

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