1. Subrahmā.– A devaputta. He visits the Buddha at Veḷuvana and tells him that his heart is full of dismay. The Buddha replies that the only path out of sorrow is by way of wisdom, renunciation and restraint (S.i.53). According to the Commentary, (SA.i.88 f; DA.iii.750; MA.i.190 f ), he was a devaputta of Tāvatiṃsa, and one day went to the Nandana Park with one thousand nymphs. Five hundred of them sat with him under the Pāricchattaka-
2. Subrahmā.– A Pacceka Brahmā. He was a follower of the Buddha, and, after visiting him together with Suddhavāsa, he went on to another Brahmā, who was infatuated with his own importance. There, by a display of magic power, Subrahmā convinced him that he was far more powerful than the Brahmā, but declared that his own power was as nothing compared with that of the Buddha (S.i.146 f).
3. Subrahmā.– A brahmin who will be the father of Metteyya Buddha. His wife will be Brahmavatī (DhSA.415; Vism.434). He will be the chaplain of King Saṅkha (Anāgat.vs.96). According to the Mahāvaṃsa (Mhv.xxxii.82) he is identical with Kākavaṇṇatissa.