Chapter XXVI - BRAHMANA VAGGA - The Brahmana

A BRAHMANA CLINGS NOT TO SENSUAL PLEASURES

A BRAHMANA CLINGS NOT TO SENSUAL PLEASURES

Varipokkharapatt' eva aragger' iva sasapo
Yo na limpati kamesu tam aham brumi brahmanam.
[401]


Like water on a lotus leaf, like a mustard seed on the point of a needle,
he who clings not to sensual pleasures, - him I call a brahmana. [401]



XXVI:18 An Arahant does not cling to sensual pleasures

Once, some bhikkhus were talking about the Arahant bhikkhuni Uppala Vanna being raped by a young man. In this connection, they asked the Buddha whether Arahants do enjoy sensual pleasures as they have the same physical make-up like other people. The Buddha replied, 'Bhikkhus! Arahants do not enjoy sensual pleasures; they do not indulge in sensual pleasures, for they do not cling to objects of sense and to sensual pleasures, just as water does not cling to the lotus leaf.'

Notes:

*This is the continuation from