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Savittha

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In the Anguttara (A.i.118f) he is represented as saying, in the course of a conversation between him, Sariputta and Kotthita, that he preferred the person who obtains relief by faith (saddha), to one who testifies to the truth with the body or one who has won view.

The Commentary (AA.i.353) explains that Savittha himself won arahantship through faith, and that therefore he praises faith.

The Samyutta (S.ii.115) contains two conversations of Savittha, both of which took place at the Ghositarama in Kosambi. The first is with Musila and deals with the paticcasamuppada. Musila, in answer to Savitthas questions, says that he has realized the truth of the paticcasamuppada as his very own. Then you are an arahant, says Savittha, and Musila remains silent. In the other conversation, Narada, present at the discussion, in the company of Ananda, requests that the same questions be put to him. This Savittha does, and he tells Savittha that he has realized the truth of the Paticcasamuppada by right insight and that, yet, he is not an arahant. He is like a man who sees a well containing water, but who has neither rope nor vessel. Now, what will you say of Narada? asks Ananda. Nothing that is not lovely and good, answers Savittha.

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