Personalities of the Buddhist Suttas
Having mastered six dhammas, bhikkhus, the housefather Vajiyamahita,
coming to perfection under the Tathagata,
has positioned himself
as an eye-witness seer of the deathless.
AN 6.147 -Olds
Dictionary of Pali Proper Names: A householder of Campaa, a devout and skilled follower of the Buddha. Once, when on his way to see the Buddha at Gagaraa Lake, he found he had arrived too early and went into the Paribbaajakaaraama near by. The Paribbaajakas asked him if it was true that the Buddha ridiculed all forms of asceticism and austerity. They spoke of the Buddha as a teacher of a discipline which he himself did not follow, a nihilist (venayika) and a visionary (? appa~n~nattika). Vajjiyamaajhita refuted their arguments, maintaining that the Buddha declared what was good and what was bad, and that the truth of his teachings could be proved. Having thus silenced them, he sought the Buddha, to whom he repeated the conversation. The Buddha praised him, and said it was untrue that he discouraged all austerity and asceticism; such penances as led to the destructin of evil states and the promotion of good states, he welcomed and encouraged. When Vajjiyamaahita had left him, the Buddha held him up to the monks as an example of a good householder, capble of profitable discussion with followers of other persuasions.