In many respects the virtues of the Bodhisattva are those of the Arhat.
They answered in the affirmative, saying that he was an Arhat.
The life of an Arhat which includes the strictest morality is commended on its own account as the best and happiest existence.
"There is no god superior to the Arhat," says the Kalpa-sūtra (Stevenson, p. 10).
He who satisfied the usual requirements of Saintship received the rank of an Arhat in both systems.
The aim of the religious life is to become a Bodhisattva, not to become an Arhat.
The king accordingly, when he died, buried him after the fashion of an Arhat, as the regular rules prescribed.
But in the night hours spirits appear to us and tell us not to kill ourselves, for an Arhat will come from the East to deliver us.
With the death of an Arhat comes the state known as an-updi-sesa-nibbnam in which no skandhas remain.
He was the last disciple whom the Buddha converted, and he straightway became an Arhat.