PSALMS OF THE BRETHREN
Canto III. Psalms of Three Verses
Psalms of three Verses
Translated from the Pali by Mrs. C.A.F. Rhys Davids.
Reborn in this Buddha-age near the Himālaya, at the city of Ukkaṭṭha, in the family of a very rich brahmin, he was named Angaṇika-Bhāradvāja. And when he had learned all Vedic lore and art, his inclination for renunciation induced him to leave the world and carry on penance for salvation. Wandering here and there, he met the Buddha Supreme on a country tour, and with satisfied mind heard him teach. Leaving his false ascetics, he took orders, and practising for insight, in due course acquired sixfold abhiññā.
Abiding thereafter in the bliss of liberty, he took compassion on his kinsfolk, and visited and taught them in the Refuges and the Precepts; then leaving them, he went to dwell in a forest near the village of Kuṇḍiya of the Kurus.
 Going for some purpose to Uggāyāma, he was accosted by some brahmin acquaintances, who said: 'Master Bhāradvāja, what have you seen that you have left the brahmin communion for this community?' And he, showing that outside the Buddha's church there was no pure rule, said:
 Purity without principle my quest,
When in the grove I fostered sacred fire.
Painful the penances I wrought for heaven,
All ignorant of purity's true path.
Then those brahmins hearing him, expressed enthusiastic appreciation of the Sāsana.
 There are about nineteen Bhāradvājas (a gens name) mentioned in the Piṭakas. This one is not met with elsewhere.
 That which, in the text, is amaraɱ tapaɱ ('penances ... for heaven') is, in the Commentary, rendered amatatapaɱ, amataɱ tapaɱ. The difference, etymologically, is that between 'undying' and 'not dead.' Both refer, probably, to reunion with the gods, as attainable by the penance of the five fires, etc. See sup., p. 120, and Dialogues, i 211.
 The Commentary finds Sāsana-equivalents for all these terms of Vedic tradition.