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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 12

The Eternal Youth




The Exalted One was once staying at Raajagaha, on Vulture's Peak Hill, not long after Devadatta had left the Order.[1]

Now Brahmaa Sahampati, when the night was far spent, shedding radiance with his effulgent beauty over the whole of Vulture's Peak Hill till night was far spent, came into the presence of the Exalted One, and saluting and standing at one side, spake this verse before the Exalted One concerning Devadatta:

As is the plantain, bamboo, and the rush
Each by the fruit it bears undone,
So is the sinner by men's homage slain,
As by her embryo is the mule.[2]


[1] I.e. for the hill Gaya-siisa, taking 500 seceding bhikkhus with him. Vin. Texts, iii, 256.

[2] These figures are more amply stated in prose in S. ii, 241; A. ii, 73, followed by the verse. The fourth figure is not so obvious as the others. Assatarii is stated by B. to be the offspring of an ass and a mare.

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