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The Story of Thera
While residing at the
Veluvana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (107) of this
reference to Thera
On one occasion, Thera
Sariputta asked his nephew, a brahmin, whether he was
meritorious deeds. His nephew answered that he had been sacrificing a goat in
every month, hoping to get to the Brahma world in his next existence. Thera
explained to him that his teachers had given him false hopes and that they
themselves did not
know the way to the Brahma world.
Then he took his nephew the young brahmin to the Buddha. There, the Buddha
taught him the
Dhamma that would lead one to the Brahmin world and said to the brahmin, "Young
paying homage to the Bhikkhus for a moment would be far better than making
fire-worship for a hundred years."
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Verse 107. For a hundred years, a man may tend the sacred fire in the forest:
yet if, only for a
moment, one pays homage to a Bhikkhu who has practised Insight Development, this
indeed, better than a hundred years of making sacrifices (in fire-worship).
At the end of the discourse, the brahmin, who was Thera
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016