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In contrast with the brahmin’s self-serving mythologies of the past, the Buddha presents an account of evolution that shows how human choices are an integral. 6 Mar The Agganna Sutta presents a Buddhist creation fable with a moral about castes. Here is a condensed version of the tale. DISCOURSE ON WHAT IS PRIMARY (AGGAÑÑA-SUTTA) explicitly on themes from the life and ideals of the Monastic Order, and on language from the.

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Thus, the Brahmin’s words are untrue. The people called them ‘Ajjhayaka’ which meant ‘They who don’t meditate’.

DN27 Aggañña Sutta: On Knowledge of Beginnings

Four Stages Arhat Buddha Bodhisattva. But there are people who became greedy and lazy. This page was last edited on 22 Februaryat Here they dwell, mind-made, feeding on delight, self-luminous, moving through the air, glorious — and they stay like that for a very long time.

Accordingly those who indulged for an excessively long period in such immoral practices began to build themselves dwellings so as to indulge under cover. More Like This Show all results sharing this subject: The beautiful scorns the ugly and they became arrogant because of their appearance.

Water start to wet their bodies. The Buddha quoted the verses of Brahma Sandakumara: However, the profound insight of the Buddha in two major fields: All articles of CBE. It was the color of fine ghee or heated butter and it was very sweet, like pure wild honey 1. In a snap shot, let us look the beginning of humankind: Due to greed, wickedness arises and a king is elected to enforce the law.

Aggañña Sutta – Wikipedia

King Pasenadi of Kosala knows: Aggxnna was how our mankind started. But when it was repeated several times, the people began punishing him with fist, stones, and then sticks.


The Buddha then advises Vasettha that whoever has strong, deep-rooted, and established belief in the Tathagatha, he can declare that he is the child of Bhagavanborn from the mouth of Dhamma, created from Dhamma, and the heir of Dhamma. Thus the Lord spoke, and Vasettha and Bharadvaja were derighted and rejoiced at his words.

They too were taken with the flavour, and craving arose in them. The Big Bang, in this interpretation, marks not the beginning of the Evolutionary phase but the ending of the earlier Devolutionary phase, when there appears seven suns as in a different Suttasymbolic of intense heat.

So they set to with their hands, breaking off pieces of the stuff in order to eat it. According to Richard Gombrich, the sutta gives strong evidence that it was conceived entirely as a satire of brahminical claims regarding the divine nature of the caste system, showing that it is nothing but a human convention.

Views Read View source View history. DA says compiling the Vedas and teaching them. Then, as the night and day became apparent, seasons and years also appeared. And from these four classes the class of ascetics came into existence.

Aggañña Sutta

Because, Vasettha, this designates the Tathagata: The Buddha said that sooner or later, after a very long time, there would come a time when the world shrinks. So, when the materialization took place, the light faded inside their newly conceived ‘body’ of mud and thus the night and day became apparent to them.

The logical explanation of this was that the creatures were the self-illuminating, so blinding and luminous that they didn’t notice the Sun.

And later, because of this burning, they indulged in sexual activity. They grieved on the rising of evil amongst their people. The Earth was covered in their light. Muni Sutta — The Sage Sn 1. With the smoking fire gone out, with pestle cast aside, gathering alms for wgganna evening and morning meals, they went away to a village, town or royal city to seek their food, and then they returned to their leaf-huts to meditate.


Trees appeared and rice was available freely. Thus, after a very long time, the mud-like substance began to be exhausted. These are the origin of the fifth caste formed from all the four castes’ people who left their lay life and became an ascetic.

Here I like to stop and think: Sweat start to flow from their armpits. The Buddhist Cosmology that was described in Agganna Suttathis world we live in today has gone through several cycles of expansion and contraction. They also began to devour them night and day, and thus they began to notice differences amongst them. That is the origin of punishment forms. Their divine sight could no longer perceive the entire world. And later because of this burning passionthey indulged in sexual activity.

The Buddha said that the Brahmins are not speaking truthfully and they will reap a bad result from their own deeds. And [86] the result of this was that their self-luminance disappeared.

If any dhamma teacher said, men are superior to women, and then his study of the Pali Canon is in question. So, they settled in the cities, did not meditate, but compiled books.