2. Sīvalī Thera.– He was the son of Suppavāsā, daughter of the king of Koliya. For seven years and seven days he lay in her womb, and for seven days she was in labour and was unable to bring forth the child. She said to her husband: “Before I die I will make a gift,” and sent gift by him to the Buddha. He accepted the gift and pronounced blessing on her. She was immediately delivered of a son. When her husband returned, she asked him to show hospitality to the Buddha and his monks for seven days.
From the time of his birth, Sīvalī could do anything. Sāriputta talked with him on the day of his birth and ordained him with Suppavāsā’s permission. Sīvalī became a Stream-
In Padumuttara Buddha’s time he made the resolve to be pre-
In the time of Vipassī Buddha he was a householder near Bandhumatī. The people gave alms to the Buddha and the Order in competition with the king, and when they were in need of honey, curds and sugar, Sīvalī gave enough of these for sixty-
The Asātarūpa Jātaka gives the reason for the delay in Sīvalī’s birth. Cf.Ap.ii.494, vs.29 f. The story of Sīvalī is given also at Ud.ii.8; AA.i.130 f; DhA.iv.192 f; ii.196; J.i.408 f. The Ud. follows the DhA. (iv.192 f ) very closely. Both Ud. and J. say that a lay supporter of Moggallāna postponed his entertainment of the Buddha (who requested him to do so) to enable the Buddha to accept Suppavāsā’s invitation after the birth of the child. Other accounts omit this. Ud. says nothing about Sīvalī’s retirement from the world. The DhA. account of this differs from the others.
Sīvalī was declared by the Buddha (A.i.24) pre-
3. Sīvalī.– Daughter of Ānanda gāmaṇi and sister of Culābhaya. She reigned in Sri Lanka for four months (in 93 A.C.); she was then dethroned by Iḷanāga. Her surname was Revatī. Mhv.xxxv.14; Dpv.xxi.40 f.
4. Sīvalī Thera.– An eminent monk present at the Foundation Ceremony of the Mahā Thūpa. Dpv.xix.8.