Personalities of the Buddhist Suttas
Dictionary of Pali Proper Names: A mahaasaala brahmin, ranking with eminent brahmins such as Ca'nkii, Taarukkha, Pokkharasaatii and Todeyya. He is mentioned as staying in Icchaana'ngala, where he evidently took part in the periodical gatherings of brahmin leaders - and also at Manasaaka.ta. He was a follower of the Buddha, of whom he was a great admirer. He appears to have been in the hait of talking to well known teachers of other schools and hearing their opinion of the Buddha, either for the purpose of comparing his own faith in him or of discovering their views. Two such conversations are recorded - one with Subha Todeyyaputta, the other with Pilotiika. His discussion with Pilotiika he reorted to the Buddha, who expanded it to form the Culahatthipadopama Sutta. The Buddha also preached to Jaa.nusso.nii the Bhayabherava Sutta. Jaa.nussoni's permanent residence was Saavatthii, and he oftenvisited the Buddha at Jetavana, consulting him onmany topics, such as: results of actions (A. i. 56), sandi.t.thaka-nibbaana (A. i. 157), tevijja-brahmins (A. v. 233 ff., 249 ff), the efficacy of gifts (A. v. 269 ff), and eternalism and annihilation (S. ii. 76). He had a white chariot with silver fittings and white trappings drawn by four pure white mares. He wouuld drive about inthis, wearing white garments, turban-cloths and sandals and fanned by a white fan. The reins, the goads and the canopy were also of white. His chariot was considered the finest in all Saavatthi. Buddhagosa says that Jaa.nusso.nii was not his personal name but the name of the rank he held as chaplain to the Kosala king.