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VIII:5 The way to the Brahma world

On one occasion, Venerable Sariputta asked his uncle, a brahmin, whether he was doing any meritorious deeds. The brahmin answered that he was making offerings every month to the naked ascetics, hoping to get to the Brahma world in his next existence. Sariputta then explained to him that his teachers did not know the way to the Brahma world. So saying, he took his uncle to the Buddha, and requested the Buddha to expound the Dhamma, which would surely take one to the Brahma world.

The Buddha said to the brahmin, 'An offering of a spoonful of almsfood to a genuinely holy man would be much better than your offerings to others who are not worthy of honour.'

55/170 Dhammapada & Commentary Khuddhaka J.i.106ff. despair

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