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XXVI:6 Not every recluse is a bhikkhu

Once there was a brahmin ascetic in Savatthi. One day, it occurred to him that the Buddha called his disciples 'Pabbajita - bhikkhus' and since he was also a recluse, he should also be called 'pabbajita'. So he went to the Buddha and posed his question. The Buddha replied: 'I don't call a recluse a pabbajita; a pabbajita is one who has uprooted all defilements and impurities of the mind.'

XXVI:7 No one should strike an Arahant

The Venerable Sariputta was often praised by many people for his patience and forbearance. His pupils usually said, 'Our teacher is a man of great patience and
extreme endurance. If he is abused or even beaten by others, he does not lose his temper but remains calm and composed.' A certain brahmin holding wrong views
declared he would provoke Sariputta into anger. When he saw Sariputta, on his almsround, he went and hit him on his back with his hand. Sariputta did not even
look around to see who was the person who hit him, but proceeded on his way as if nothing had happened. The brahmin felt ashamed at what he had done. He got
down on his knees at the feet of Sariputta, admitted his grevious mistake and asked for pardon. The brahmin then continued: 'Venerable Sir! Should you forgive me,
kindly come to my house for almsfood.'

In the evening other bhikkhus reported to the Buddha that Sariputta had gone for almsfood to the house of a brahmin who had beaten him. Further they commented
that the brahmin was sure to get bolder and he would soon be assaulting other bhikkhus also. The Buddha replied, 'Bhikkhus, a true brahmin does not beat another
true brahmin, only an ordinary man or an ordinary brahmin would beat an Arahant in anger and ill-will.'

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

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