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Sa'nyutta Nikaaya
I. Sagaatha Vagga
6. Brahmaa Sa'nyutta

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
I. Kindred Sayings with Verses
6. The Brahmaa Suttas

Translated by Mrs. Rhys Davids
Assisted by Suuriyago.da Sumangala Thera
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II: The Quintuplet


Sutta 11

The Eternal Youth




The Exalted One was once staying at Raajagaha, on the banks of the Snake River.[1]

Now Brahmaa Sanankumaara,[2] when the night was far spent, shedding radiance by his effulgent beauty over the entire Snake River shore, came into the presence of the Exalted One, and saluting him, stood at one side and spake this verse before him: -

As is the noble ranked the best among
The folk who pin their faith on breed and clan,
So he who walks in lore and conduct versed
Stands first in worlds of gods or world of man.[3]

So spake he, and the Master approved.

Then Brahmaa Sanankumaara noting:
'The Master approves of my words!'
saluted by the right,
and there and then vanished.


[1] Sappinii, lit. she-snake. On this little (Comy.) river see Vin. Texts, i, 254, n, 2.

[2] Lit. the 'ever-boy' or youth. On this god see Dialogues, i, 121, n. 1. B. relates that in the day of the youth Five-Crest (Pa~ncasikha-kumaara-kaale), he from practice of Jhaana was reborn in Brahmaa-world, and retained the appearance of a boy. And from retaining this perpetually he was called 'Eternal-Boy.'

[3] Cf. Dialogues, i, 122; D. iii, 93; M. i, 358; 'Lore' = vijjaa, a word referring usually, both for brahmin and Buddhist, to some articulate body of doctrine: Vedas, spells, runes, or, for the latter of the two, to practical doctrines, such as are set out, B. reminds us, in the Bhayabherava Sutta (M. i, 22/.), or the Amba.t.tha-Sutta (Dialogues, i, 122; vijjaa wisdom'), or the eight vijjaas (see Childers' Dict. s.v.) or the seven saddhammas (M. i, 354) and the four Jhaanas.

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