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- n. Eminently high achiever who has attained enlightenment.
Even Vaddha became an arahant and his mother guided and encouraged her.
After the birth of Vaddha, she joined the Samgha after having heard a monk preach and became an arahant.
Such a person may be called a saint, a sage, an arahant, a siddha, a Buddha, a perfect man, or by other names.
If this process is completed one becomes an arahant (literally Worthy One).
The Mahâvagga of the Vinaya (I. 11 and 13) mentions such an encounter but places it considerably later after the conversion of the five monks and of Yasa.] [Footnote 331: The text is also found in the Saṃyutta-Nikâya.] [Footnote 332: Concisely stated as suffering, the cause of suffering, the suppression of suffering and the method of effecting that suppression.] [Footnote 333: Writers on Buddhism use this word in various forms, arhat, arahat and arahant.