II. Nidāna Vagga
21. Bhikkhu Saɱyutta
The Book of the Kindred Sayings
II. The Book Called the Nidāna-Vagga
Containing Kindred sayings on Cause
and Other Subjects
21. Kindred Sayings about Brethren
Ghaṭo or Mahā-Nāga Suttaɱ
Originally Published by
The Pali Text Society
The Exalted One was once staying near Savatthī
at the Jeta Grove in Anāthapiṇḍika's Park.
 Now the venerable Sāriputta
rising at eventide from meditation
went to the venerable Mahā-Moggallāna
and exchanged kind and friendly greetings with him.
 Seated by his side
the venerable Sāriputta said thus: —
"Very serene, friend, Moggallāna,
are you looking,
very pure and clear
is your complexion.
Has the venerable Mahā-Moggallāna
spent to-day in peace?"
"I spent to-day, friend,
in the exercise of sense,
moreover I had pious converse."
 "With whom did the venerable Mahā-Moggallāna
hold pious converse?"
"With the Exalted One, friend."
 "Far away, friend,
the Exalted One now stays at Savatthī,
at Jeta Grove
in the Anāthapiṇḍika Park.
Did the venerable Mahā-Moggallāna
go by will-power to the Exalted one,
or was it the other way about?"
 "I neither went by will-power
to the Exalted One, friend,
nor did the Exalted One
come by will-power to me.
even as with him,
so also with me
and the deva-hearing
are made clear."
 "As to that, friend,
I asked the Exalted One:
'We say, lord,
[this one] is of consummate energy,
[that one] is of consummate energy;
in wht way is a man so?"
 And the Exalted One said to me this: —
"It is herein, Moggallāna,
that a brother practises consummate energy: —
'Verily let skin and sinews and bones
wilt in my body,
let flesh and blood dry up,
or ever there be halting of energy
till I have won
that which by a man's strength,
by man's energy,
by man's progress
may be won!' —
— thus Moggallāna, does one become of consummate energy.'
 It was just thus that I had pious converse with the Exalted One."
 "As if a little mound of gravel
were set up alongside of Himālaya,
lord of the hills, friend,
even so are we
when set up alongside of the venerable Mahā-Moggallāna.
Verily may he,
abide here for an aeon
if he so desire!"
 "As if a little pinch of salt
were set up alongside of a big jar of salt, friend,
even so are we
when set up alongside of the venerable Sāriputta.
 Verily hath the Exalted One praised,
extolled the venerable Sāriputta in divers ways.
'Even as Sāriputta was supreme
In insight, morals, and self-mastery,
So may the brother who hath won the goal
Rank even with the highest of them all.'"
 Thus verily did these two great souls
give cheer one to the other
in that they spoke well,
in that they talked well.
 Santena vihārena.
 Oḷārikena vihārena: lit. in a material or gross sense, as compared, presumably, with purely mental exercise. He was exercising clairvoyance and clairaudience, and the objects thereof are 'gross.' Comy.
 The thera wondering where the Master was just then, developed the light and saw him, with deva-sight, seated in his 'Fragrant Chamber,' and heard him. Comy.