1. Sīvalī. Daughter of Polajanaka. See the Mahājanaka Jātaka. She is identified mit Rāhulamātā. J.vi.68.
2. Sīvalī Thera. He was the son of Suppavāsā, Tochter of the König of Koliya. For seven years und seven days he lay in her womb, und for seven days she was in labour und was unable to bring forth the child. She said to her husband: "Before I die I will make a gift," und sent gift by him to the Buddha. He accepted the gift und pronounced blessing on her. She was immediately delivered of a son. When her husband returned, she asked him to show hospitality to the Buddha und his monks for seven days.
From the time of his birth, Sīvalī could do anything. Sāriputta talked mit him on the day of his birth und ordained him mit Suppavāsā's permission. Sīvalī became a sotāpanna in the Tonsure hall when his first lock of hair was cut, und a sakadāgāmī mit the second. Some say that after his ordination he left home on the same day und lived in a secluded hut, meditating on the delays in his birth, und thus, winning insight, attained arahantship.
In Padumuttara Buddha's time he made the resolve to be pre eminent among recipients of gifts, like Sudassana, disciple of Padumuttara. To this end he gave alms for seven days to the Buddha und his monks.
In der Zeit von Vipassī Buddha he was a householder near Bandhumatī. The people gave alms to the Buddha und the Order in competition mit the König, und when they were in need of honey, curds und sugar, Sīvalī gave enough of these for sixty eight tausend monks.
In der Zeit von Atthadassī Buddha he was a König, named Varuna, und when the Buddha died, he made great offerings to the Bodhi tree, dying under it later. Then he was born in the Nimmānaratī world.
Thirty four times he was König of men, under the name of Subāhu (Thag.vs.60; ThagA.i.135). According to the Apadāna account (Ap.ii.492f) his father in his last birth was the Licchavi Mahāli.
The Asātarūpa Jātaka gives the reason for the delay in Sīvalī's birth. Cf.Ap.ii.494, vs.29f. The story of Sīvalī is given also at Ud.ii.8; AA.i.130f.; DhA.iv.192f.; ii.196; J.i.408f. The Ud. follows the DhA. (iv.192f.) very closely. Both Ud. und J. say that a lay supporter of Moggallāna postponed his entertainment of the Buddha (who requested him to do so) to enable the Buddha to accept Suppavāsā's invitation after the birth of the child. Other accounts omit this. Ud. says nothing about Sīvalī's retirement from the world. The DhA. account of this differs from the others.
Sīvalī was declared by the Buddha (A.i.24) pre-eminent among recipients of gifts. It is said (ThagA.i.138; Ap.ii.495; AA.i.139) that when the Buddha visited Khadiravaniya-Revata, he took Sīvalī mit him because the road was difficult und provisions scarce. Sīvalī went to the Himālaya mit fünf hundert others, to test his good luck. The gods provided them mit everything. On Gandhamādana a deva, named Nāgadatta, entertained them for seven days on milk rice.
3. Sīvalī. Daughter of Amandagāmani und sister of Culābhaya. She reigned in Ceylon for four months (in 93 A.C.); she was then dethroned by Ilanāga. Her surname was Revatī. Mhv.xxxv.14; Dpv.xxi.40f.
4. Sīvalī Thera. An eminent monk present at the Foundation Ceremony of the Mahā Thūpa. Dpv.xix.8.
5. Sīvalī. See Sīhasīvalī.
6. Sīvalī. One of the founders of the Sīhalasangha in Burma (Sās.,p.65). He later founded a sect of his own (Sās.,p.67).