I’ve been exploring DN 10. “To Subha”. A Brahmin named Subha wants to see Ananda. Buddha just died. Ananda is old. There is a passage that seems to imply that Ananda was taking some sort of intoxicant. That is interesting! What was it?
In the Subha Sutta, Ananda is asked to visit Subha. Ananda declines because he is intoxicated, under the influence of some substance– the time is “not proper”.
In Sutta 10 (“Subhasuttam”) of the Digha Nikaya we hear of an occasion where Ananda is asked to go visit Subha, but replies that the day is not right because he has taken ‘medicine’.