Chapter XIV - BUDDHA VAGGA - The Buddha

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THE NOBLE ARE RARE

Dullabho purisajanno na so sabbattha jayati
Yattha so jayati dhiro tam kulam sukha medhati.
[193]


Hard to find is a man of great wisdom: such a man is not born everywhere. Where such a wise man is born, that family thrives happily. [193]



XIV:07 The noblest of men

One day, Venerable Ananda pondered thus: 'Our Teacher has told us that thoroughbreds of elephants are born only among the Chaddanta and Uposatha breeds, that thoroughbreds of horses are born only among the Sindh breed, that thoroughbreds of cattle are born only among the Usabha breed. Thus, he had talked to us only about the thoroughbreds of elephants, horses, and cattle, but not of the noblest of men (purisajanno).'


After reflecting thus, Ananda went to the Buddha, and put to him the question of the noblest of men. The Buddha replied, 'Ananda, the noblest of men are not born in any particular family. However, when a noble man is born in a family that family thrives happily.'