by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw | 1990 | 1,044,401 words
This page describes Nakulamatu contained within the book called the Great Chronicle of Buddhas (maha-buddha-vamsa), a large compilation of stories revolving around the Buddhas and Buddhist disciples. This page is part of the series known as life Stories of Female Lay Disciples. This great chronicle of Buddhas was compiled by Ven. Mingun Sayadaw who had a thorough understanding of the thousands and thousands of Buddhist teachings (suttas).
The story of Nakulamātu is already been told, when dealing with the story of Nakulapitu. (Refer to Chapter 54: Nakulapitu the Householder.) Here we need only pay our attention mainly on Nakulamātu.
Nakulapitu and Nakulamātu were of the same aspiration in the time of Buddha Padumuttara. When the future Nakulapitu was a lay disciple, he witnessed a lay disciple being designated as the foremost among lay disciples who were close to the Buddha. He made great offering and aspired to that designation. Likewise, when the future Nakulamātu witnessed a female lay disciple being designated as the foremost among female lay-disciple who were close to the Buddha, she made great offerings and aspired to that title. (Since both stories are identical, the Commentary does not give a separate account of Nakulamātu.)
Nakulamātu, like Nakulapitu, was declared by the Buddha:
“Bhikkhus, among the female lay disciples who are close to Me, Nakulamātu is the foremost.”