Chapter XXVI - BRAHMANA VAGGA - The Brahmana

HOLY HAS DISCARDED ALL EVIL

HOLY HAS DISCARDED ALL EVIL

Bahitapapo ti brahmano samacariya samano' ti vuccati
Pabbajay' attano malam tasma pabbajito' ti vuccati.
[388]


Because he has discarded evil, he is called abrahmana; because he lives in peace,he is called asamana;
because he gives up the impurities, he is called apabbajita-- recluse. [388]



XXVI:06 Not every recluse is a bhikkhu

Once there was a brahmin ascetic in Savatthi. One day, it occurred to him that the Buddha called his disciples 'Pabbajita- bhikkhus' and since he was also a recluse, he should also be called'pabbajita'. So he went to the Buddha and posed his question. The Buddha replied: 'I don't call a recluse apabbajita; apabbajitais one who has uprooted all defilements and impurities of the mind.

Notes:

  1. Having subdued all evil.
  2. One who leaves the household life for the homeless life of a recluse; in Buddhism it means one who has given up the impurities of the household life to become a bhikkhu.