Dhammapada Verse 387
Diva tapati adicco
ratti mabhati candima
sannaddho khattiyo tapati
jhayi tapati brahmano
buddho tapati tejasa.
Verse 387: By day shines the sun; by night
shines the moon; in regalia shines the king; in meditation shines the arahat;
but the Buddha in his glory shines at all times, by day and by night.
The Story of Thera Ananda
While residing at the Pubbarama
monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (387) of this book, with reference to the
It was the full moon day of the
seventh month (Assayuja) when King Pasenadi of Kosala came to visit the Buddha.
The king was then resplendent in his full royal regalia. At that time, Thera
Kaludayi was also present in the same room sitting at the edge of the
congregation. He was in deep mental absorption (jhana), his body bright and
golden. In the sky, the Venerable Ananda noticed that the sun was setting and
the moon was just coming out, both the sun and the moon radiating rays of light.
The Venerable Ananda looked at
the shining splendour of the king, of the thera, and of the sun and the moon.
Finally, the Venerable Ananda looked at the Buddha and he suddenly perceived
that the light that was then radiating from the Buddha far surpassed the light
shining from the others. Seeing the Buddha in his glory and splendour, the
Venerable Ananda immediately approached the Buddha and burst forth, "O
Venerable Sir! The light that shines forth from your noble body far surpasses
the light from the king, the light from the thera, the light from the sun and
the light from the moon."
To him the Buddha spoke in verse
|Verse 387: By day
shines the sun; by night shines the moon; in regalia shines the king;
in meditation shines the arahat; but the Buddha in his glory shines at
all times, by day and by night.