Chapter XXVI - BRAHMANA VAGGA - The Brahmana

A BRAHMANA MEDITATES ALONE IN THE FOREST

A BRAHMANA MEDITATES ALONE IN THE FOREST

Pamsukula dharam jantum kisam dhamani santhatam
Ekam vanasmim jhayantam tam aham brumi brahmanam.
[395]


The person who wears dust-heap robes,who is lean, whose veins stand out,
who meditates alone in the forest, - him I call a brahmana. [395]



XXVI:12 The Buddha praises Kisa Gotami

On one occasion, Sakka, king of thedevascame with his followers to pay homage to the Buddha. At the same time, Bhikkhuni Kisa Gotami, by her supernormal power came through the sky to pay homage to the Buddha. But when she saw Sakka and his entourage paying homage, she retreated. Sakka on seeing her, asked who the lady was. The Buddha replied 'O Sakka! She is my daughter Kisa Gotami. Once she came to me in sorrow and distress through the loss of her son and I made her see the impermanent nature of all component things. As a consequence of that she comprehended the Dhamma, joined the Order, and attained Arahanthood. She is one of my eminent female disciples.'

Notes:

  1. Robes made of cast-off rags.

*This is the continuation from