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The Story of Thera
While residing at the
Veluvana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verse (108) of this
reference to a friend of Thera
On one occasion Thera
Sariputta asked his friend, a brahmin, whether he was
meritorious deeds and he replied that he had been making sacrificial offerings
on a big scale,
hoping to get to the Brahma world in his next existence. Thera
him that his
teachers had given him false hopes and that they themselves did not know the way
Brahma world. Then he took his friend to the Buddha, who showed him the way to
world. To the friend of Thera
Sariputta, the Buddha said, "Brahmin, worshipping
Ones (Ariyas) only for a moment is better, than making sacrificial offerings,
great and small,
throughout the year."
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Verse 108. In this world, one may make sacrificial offerings, great and small,
all the year round,
in order to gain merit; all these offerings are not worth a quarter of the merit
worshipping the Noble Ones (Ariyas), who walk the right path.
At the end of the discourse the brahmin attained Sotapatti Fruition.
Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.
24 December 2016