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VIII:6 Fire worshipping is not the way*

On another occasion, Venerable Sariputta asked his nephew, a brahmin, whether he was doing any meritorious deeds. His nephew answered that he had been sacrificing a goat in fire-worship every month, hoping to get to the Brahma world in his next existence. Sariputta then explained to him that his teachers had given him false hopes and that they themselves did not know the way to the Brahma world.

Then he took his. nephew, the young brahmin, to the Buddha. There, the Buddha taught him the Dhamma that would lead one to the Brahma world and said to the brahmin, 'Paying homage to the holy men for a moment would be far better than making sacrifices in fire-worship for a hundred years.'

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

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