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Verse 106: The Story of Thera Sariputta's Uncle

While residing at the Veluvana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (106) of this book, with
reference to a brahmin, who was the maternal uncle of Thera Sariputta.

On one occasion, Thera Sariputta asked his uncle the brahmin, whether he was doing any
meritorious deeds. The brahmin answered that he was making offerings to the value of one
thousand Kahapanas every month to the Nigantha ascetics, hoping to get to the Brahma world
in his next existence. Thera Sariputta then explained to him, that his teachers had given him
false hopes and that they themselves did not know the way to the Brahma world. So saying, he
took his uncle the brahmin to the Buddha, and requested the Buddha to expound the Dhamma,
which would surely take one to the Brahma world.

The Buddha said to the brahmin, "Brahmin, an offering of a spoonful of alms-food to a Bhikkhu
would be much better than your present offering of one thousand Kahapanas to your teachers."

Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

Verse 106. Month after month for a hundred years, one may make offerings (to ordinary people)
to the value of a thousand Kahapanas; yet if, only for a moment one pays homage to a Bhikkhu
who has practised Insight Development, this homage is, indeed, better than a hundred years of
making offerings (to ordinary worldling people).

At the end of the discourse, the brahmin, who was the maternal uncle of Thera Sariputta,
attained Sotapatti Fruition.

Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.


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