2. Nidaana Vagga
The Book of the Kindred Sayings
The Book Called the Nidaana-Vagga
Containing Kindred sayings on Cause
and Other Subjects
The Kindred Sayings about Brethren
About Bhaddiya the Dwarf
Translated from the Pali by K. Nizamis
Provenance, terms and conditons
The Exalted One was once staying near] Savatthii [at the Jeta Grove in Anaathapi.n.dika's Park.]
"Just so, Venerable Sir."
[rhyc] "Monks, that monk is of great power, of great eminence. There is no well-gained attainment that has not already been attained by that monk. For that benefit for which sons of good lineage rightly go forth from home into homelessness, that ultimate conclusion of the holy life: even in this very life, by himself having seen with his own eyes the higher knowledge, and having attained, he abides."
Having said that, the Fortunate One, the Teacher, also said this:
Swans, herons, and peacocks,
elephants and spotted deer,
All fear the lion,
although their bodies are not equal.
Just so, amongst humans,
if a small one is wisdom-endowed,
There, certainly, he is great,
and not the fool endowed with a large body.
See also: Ud 7.5.