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Rahula, aka: Rāhula; 3 Definition(s)


Rahula means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit. Check out some of the following descriptions and leave a comment if you want to add your own contribution to this article.

In Hinduism

General definition (in Hinduism)

Rahula, the Elder: the actual son of the buddha Shakyamuni and the 10th arhat from the set of sixteen Great Arhats. Rahula has a number of different ways in which he is depicted. The most common depiction in Tibetan art is for him to be holding up a jeweled crown with both hands. Chinese depictions often have him holding a staff in one hand and a tiger or lion seated at his feet. The iconography of the arhats is not fixed in art or literature.

Rahula; Tibetan: Neten Drachen Dzin (gnas brtan sgra g.can 'dzin)
Rahula, the Elder (Tibetan: ne ten, dra chen dzin, Sanskrit: Sthavira Rahula)

Source: Himalayan Art: General

In Buddhism

General definition (in Buddhism)

1. Rahula Thera

Only son of Gotama Buddha. He was born on the day on which his father left the household life (J.i.60; AA.i.82, etc.; cf. J.i.62). When the Buddha visited Kapilavatthu for the first time after his Enlightenment and accepted Suddhodanas invitation, Rahulas mother (Rahulamata) sent the boy to the Buddha to ask for his inheritance (dayajja). The Buddha gave him no answer, and, at the conclusion of the meal, left the palace. Rahula followed him, reiterating his request until at last the Buddha asked Sariputta to ordain him. (According to SNA.i.340, Moggallana taught him the kammavaca; see also J.ii.393). When Suddhodana heard of this he protested to the Buddha, and asked as a boon that, in future, no child should be ordained without the consent of his parents, and to this the Buddha agreed (Vin.i.82f.; the story of Rahulas conversion is also given at DhA.i.98f).

It is said (AA.i.145) that immediately after Rahulas ordination the Buddha preached to him constantly (abhinhovadavasena) many suttas for his guidance. Rahula himself was eager to receive instruction from the Buddha and his teachers and would rise early in the morning and take a handful of sand, saying: May I have today as many words of counsel from my teachers as there are here grains of sand! The monks constantly spoke of Rahulas amenability, and one day the Buddha, aware of the subject of their talk, went amongst them and related the Tipallatthamiga Jataka (J.i.160ff ) and the Tittira Jataka (J.iii.64ff ) to show them that in past births, too, Rahula had been known for his obedience. When Rahula was seven years old, the Buddha preached to him the Ambalatthika Rahulovada Sutta (q.v.) as a warning that he should never lie, even in fun. Rahula used to accompany the Buddha on his begging rounds. Sometimes he would accompany Sariputta on his begging rounds. He was present when Sariputta went to his (Sariputtas) mothers house, where he was roundly abused by her for having left her. DhA.iv.164f).

Rahula noticed that he harboured carnal thoughts fascinated by his own physical beauty and that of his father, the Buddha preached to him, at the age of eighteen, the Maha Rahulovada Sutta (q.v.). Two other suttas, also called Rahulovada, one included in the Samyutta and the other in the Anguttara (see below), formed the topics for Rahulas meditation (Vipassana). To these Suttas Buddhaghosa (MA.i.635) adds the Samanera, or Kumarapanha, and proceeds to enumerate the different purposes which the Buddha had in view in preaching these suttas; see also AA.ii.547. SNA.i.340 says, about the Rahula Sutta (q.v.), that the Buddha constantly preached it to Rahula. See also the Rahula Samyutta.

Later, the Buddha, knowing that Rahulas mind was ripe for final attainment, went with him alone to Andhavana,

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper NamesHe was one of the Ten Great Disciples of Shakyamuni. He was the first in esoteric practices and in desire for instruction in the Law. He was also the son of Shakyamuni.Source: Buddhist Door: Glossary

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