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Dhammapada XXVI

Brahmins

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383*:
Having striven, brahmin,
    cut the stream.
    Expel sensual passions.
Knowing the ending of fabrications,
        brahmin,
    you know the Unmade.


384*:

When the brahmin has gone
to the beyond of two things,
then all his fetters
go to their end --
    he who knows.


385*:

One whose beyond or
not-beyond or
beyond-&-not-beyond
can't be found;
unshackled, carefree:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


386:

Sitting silent, dustless,
absorbed in jhana,
his task done, effluents gone,
ultimate goal attained:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


387:

By day shines the sun;
by night, the moon;
in armor, the warrior;
in jhana, the brahmin.
But all day & all night,
every day & every night,
the Awakened One shines
    in splendor.


388*:

He's called a brahmin
    for having banished his evil,
a contemplative
    for living in consonance,
one gone forth
    for having forsaken
    his own impurities.


389*:

One should not strike a brahmin,
nor should the brahmin
let loose with his anger.
Shame on a brahmin's killer.
More shame on the brahmin
    whose anger's let loose.


390*:

Nothing's better for the brahmin
than when the mind is held back
from what is endearing & not.
However his harmful-heartedness
    wears away,
that's how stress
simply comes to rest.


391:

Whoever does no wrong
    in body,
    speech,
    heart,
is restrained in these three ways:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


392*:

The person from whom
you would learn the Dhamma
taught by the Rightly
Self-Awakened One:
you should honor him with respect --
as a brahmin, the flame for a sacrifice.


393-394*:

Not by matted hair,
by clan, or by birth,
is one a brahmin.
Whoever has truth
& rectitude:
    he is a pure one,
    he, a brahmin.

What's the use of your matted hair,
    you dullard?
What's the use of your deerskin cloak?
The tangle's inside you.
You comb the outside.


395:

Wearing cast-off rags
-- his body lean & lined with veins --
absorbed in jhana,
alone in the forest:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


396*:

I don't call one a brahmin
for being born of a mother
or sprung from a womb.
He's called a 'bho-sayer'
if he has anything at all.
But someone with nothing,
who clings to no thing:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


397:

Having cut every fetter,
he doesn't get ruffled.
Beyond attachment,
unshackled:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


398*:

Having cut the strap & thong,
    cord & bridle,
having thrown off the bar,
    awakened:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


399:

He endures -- unangered --
insult, assault, & imprisonment.
His army is strength;
his strength, forbearance:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


400*:

Free from anger,
duties observed,
principled, with no overbearing pride,
trained, a 'last-body':
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


401:

    Like water     on a lotus leaf,
a mustard seed     on the tip of an awl,
he doesn't adhere to sensual pleasures:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


402*:

He discerns right here,
    for himself,
    on his own,
    his own
    ending of stress.
Unshackled, his burden laid down:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


403:

Wise, profound
in discernment, astute
as to what is the path
& what's not;
his ultimate goal attained:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


404:

Uncontaminated
by householders
& houseless ones alike;
living with no home,
with next to no wants:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


405:

Having put aside violence
against beings fearful or firm,
he neither kills nor
gets others to kill:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


406:

Unopposing among opposition,
unbound     among the armed,
unclinging     among those who cling:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


407:

His passion, aversion,
conceit, & contempt,
have fallen away --
like a mustard seed
from the tip of an awl:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


408:

He would say
what's     non-grating,
            instructive,
            true --
abusing no one:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


409:

Here in the world
he takes nothing not-given
-- long, short,
    large, small,
        attractive, not:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


410:

His longing for this
& for the next world
can't be found;
free from longing, unshackled:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


411*:

His attachments,
    his homes,
        can't be found.
Through knowing
he is unperplexed,
has attained the plunge
into Deathlessness:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


412*:

He has gone
beyond attachment here
for both merit & evil --
sorrowless, dustless, & pure:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


413:

Spotless, pure, like the moon
    -- limpid & calm --
his delights, his becomings,
        totally gone:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


414:

He has made his way past
this hard-going path
-- samsara, delusion --
has crossed over,
has gone beyond,
is free from want,
    from perplexity,
absorbed in jhana,
through no-clinging
Unbound:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


415-416:

Whoever, abandoning sensual passions here,
would go forth from home --
his sensual passions, becomings,
        totally gone:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.

Whoever, abandoning craving here,
would go forth from home --
his cravings, becomings,
        totally gone:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


417:

Having left behind
    the human bond,
having made his way past
    the divine,
from all bonds unshackled:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


418:

Having left behind
delight & displeasure,
cooled, with no acquisitions --
a hero who has conquered
        all the world,
        every world:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


419:

He knows in every way
beings' passing away,
and their re-
arising;
unattached, awakened,
well-gone:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


420:

He whose course they don't know
-- devas, gandhabbas, & human beings --
his effluents ended, an arahant:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


421*:

He who has nothing
-- in front, behind, in between --
the one with nothing
who clings to no thing:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


422:

A splendid bull, conqueror,
hero, great seer --
        free from want,
        awakened, washed:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.


423*:

He knows     his former lives.
He sees         heavens & states of woe,
has attained     the ending of birth,
is a sage     who has mastered full-knowing,
                his mastery totally mastered:
    he's what I call
    a brahmin.

Revised: Sun 3 October 1999
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