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n. Buddhism
One who has attained enlightenment.

[Sanskrit, from present participle of arhati, he deserves.]

ar′hat·ship′ n.


(Buddhism) a Buddhist, esp a monk who has achieved enlightenment and at death passes to nirvana. Compare Bodhisattva
[from Sanskrit: worthy of respect, from arhati he deserves]


(ˈɑr hət)

a Buddhist who has attained Nirvana. Compare Bodhisattva.
[1865–70; < Skt: meriting respect <arhati (he) merits]
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C by Arahat Mahinda, the son of the great Indian Emperor Asoka during the reign of king Devanampiyatissa, has a very strong influence on the lives of all the ancient Sinhalese Kings.
As his hair was about to be cut off (as part of the ordination process) the child cried out (hat bha venneva) and the servant (goliya) who heard the child became an arahat (rahat vuna).
Later, Arahat Mahinda, the son of the most famous Indian emperor, Asoka, brought Buddha's teaching to Sri Lanka, virtually transforming the civilization of that time.
13) In Thailand, according to the disputed official narrative, King Taksin (1767-82) declared himself an arahat (Buddhist saint) with supernatural powers.
The popular religion is said to have been brought to the Lankadweep by Arahat Mahinda, an Indian prince and monk, son of Emperor Asoka, who preached his first sermon in Mihintale and converted King Devanampiya Tissa and his court to Buddhism in 250 BC.
Jotika, her host who was running a retreat suggested that I tell the stories of the Arahat Theris (female enlightened Buddhist saints).
It is the stage of the (w)holy person, the saint, the arahat, the bodhisattva, the sage.
Powerful Ministers should understand the message of Arahat Mahinda to the King in this Poson week "You are not the owner of the resources you are the temporary custodian only".
The canonical cases of arahat suicide, while problematic in many respects, appear to show that hastening death is not a bar to attaining even the loftiest spiritual goals.
Then came the golden phrase, the Buddha affirmed for the first time in all religious traditions, that women are cable (bhabbo) of achieving the fruit of Sotapanna, Sakadagami, Anagami and Arahat (3) and that they can see it with their own eyes (sacchikatunti).
Within 1000 years, there would be no Arahat [Buddhist saints] capable of travelling through the air.
The Theravada sees each of the 'Path' states, immediately after which a person becomes a stream-enterer, once-returner, non-returner and Arahat, as lasting only one moment