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 Chapter XXVI - BRAHMANA VAGGA - The Brahmana



Hitva manusakam yogam dibbam yogam upaccaga
Sabba yoga visamyuttam tam aham brumi brahmanam.

He who, discarding human ties and transcending celestial ties, is completely delivered from all ties, - him I call a brahmana. [417]

XXVI: 35 The monk who was a dancer (Nata Puttaka)

Once Nata Puttaka, the dancer, had the chance to listen to a discourse given by the Buddha. After listening to the discourse, he entered the Order and attained Arahanthood. One day, while the Buddha and the bhikkhus, including Nata Puttaka were going on an almsround, they met another dancer in the street. Seeing the young man dancing, the other bhikkhus asked Nata Puttaka whether he still liked dancing. He replied, 'No, I don't.' The bhikkhus reported to the Buddha that Nata Puttaka claimed he did not like dancing anymore. Thereupon the Buddha said, 'Bhikkhus! He has gone beyond all bonds of attachment: he has become an Arahant.'

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