Ananda is the Companion of Buddha.

And yes. Ananda is the companion of Buddha and this for the very simple reason NOT that there is no self but that there is only Oneself and that the reason why Self is Diverse is so Self could experience Companionship, Friendship, Love. Knowing this not only is bliss for it erases all fears; knowing this is what will transform the World, which is Self really, into the true Kingdom of Heaven it is destined to be.
~ Wald Wassermann