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The Pali is transliterated as Velthuis (aaiiuu.m'n~n.t.d.n.l). Alternatives:
[ ASCII (aiumnntdnl) | IAST Unicode (āīūṃṅñṭḍṇḷ) ]

 

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U.n.naabha

DPPN: A brahmin. He once visited the Buddha at Saavatthi and asked him whether the five sense-faculties (indriyaaani), which were of different scope and range, had any commmon ground of resort (pa.ti-sara.na). [No citation given] The Buddha resplies that the mind is their common resort and, in answer to further questions, explains that there is nothing beyond Nibbaana; that the holy life has Nibbaana for its ending.
When the brahmin, greatly pleased with the Buddha's teaching, goes away, the Buddha tells the monks that U.n.naabha has become an anaagamii and would, therefore, after death, no longer return to t his world.
[SN 5 51 15] records a visit of U.n.naabha to Aananda at Kosambii. He asks Aananda what is the aim of holy life and, on being told that it is the abandoning of desire by means of jhaana, [not jhaana, but the 4 iddhipada] suggests that it would be a task without end. But Aananda, by means of an illustration, explains how the task does come to an end, and U.n.naabha expresses great satisfaction with the answer. Perhaps this refers to another brahmin of the same name.

[SN 5 51 15] is an important sutta in that it deals with the question that is frequently asked: "How can it be that desire is brought to an end with desire?"