| Minor Stories Index
The Story of Thera
While residing at the
Veluvana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (106) of this
reference to a brahmin, who was the maternal uncle of Thera
On one occasion, Thera
Sariputta asked his uncle the brahmin, whether he was
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
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
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
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Verse 106. Month after month for a hundred years, one may make offerings (to
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
attained Sotapatti Fruition.
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016