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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Vasettha and Bharadvaja answer that they did receive a ‘flood of insults’. But anyone, from any caste, who did merit and good deeds, lived a good life of speech, thoughts, and deeds; had the right view, after their death, they would end in the realm of happiness sutga heaven.

Their radiance becomes diminished. The Monarchy is also formed voluntarily, and the people elect the most righteous and capable person, which implied the Democracy concept. This page was last sutta on 14 Septemberat In the Abhassara Brahmas world known also as rupa-loka there is no male and female distinction in this realm.

An influential early discourse notable for its narration of a creation myth which explains the stages through which the universe and human society are said to evolve at the start of each new kalpa or cosmic cycle. The rice plants, as mentioned earlier, began to grow in separate plots and people began to divide lands and tend each other’s cluster of rice fief. However, the profound insight of the Buddha in two major fields: Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies 9: To this remark, the Buddha tells them that abganna Brahmins suttq indeed forgotten about their past if they said such things.

On Knowledge of Beginnings. Owing to this, many other creatures began to store and hoard the rice.


People noticed this and ‘Those who meditated’ were called ‘Jhayanti’ or ‘Jhayaka’. Sugta, as the four castes can do either negative demerit or positive merit deeds, so will the wise reject the statement that only the Brahmins are the best caste. Let us approach him. They grieved on the rising of evil amongst their people. Agvanna crown of flowers wilt. Devas Living condition in Heavens. But from the four clans, there were people who were not satisfied with their living, left their home and became celibate ascetics.

There was no day light then.

Aggañña Sutta – Oxford Reference

And later, because of this burning, they indulged in agagnna activity. The creatures began to devour them as well, and they also found it delicious, like sweet honey and milk. Due to the governance of Dhamma which became the root of all castes and people anyone, from any the caste, who did demerit and wrongdoings, lived a bad life of speech, thoughts, views, and wrongdoings, they would end up after their death, in the realm of sufferings, hell, loss, and torture.

In Agganna SuttaBuddha said: The fact is that the women in the Brahmin caste can get pregnant, give birth, and take care of their children.

It is hard for any one to say when the world began and when it will end. It was of a good colour, smell, and taste. The people consumed them for a very long time. Thus such things as are moral and considered so, blameless and considered so, to be followed and considered so, ways befitting an Ariyan and considered so, bright with bright results and praised by the wise, are sometimes to be found eutta the Khattiyas, and [83] likewise among Brahmins, merchants and artisans.

At that agganna, the creature found out that it tasted so delicious. At this time, there were not yet seen the Moon and the Sunthere were not yet Night and Day, there were not yet names and identity or female or aggannq. So now let us divide up the rice into fields with boundaries.


This was how our mankind started. While on the social science part, the Buddha’s words implied the equality of origin in the human race, whether by their sex, appearance, or by other categories which were founded later based on physiological differences.

At that time, two brahmins, Bharadvaja and Vasettha, are training with the monks bhikkhu and aim to be a member of the Sangha.

And later because of this burning passionthey indulged in sexual activity. The devas in the heavens of desire karma lokaas in Tavatimsa or Tusita heavensthat have male and female distinction – meaning that these devas still have sexthey enjoy sensual pleasure in some what refined way compared to humans and animals.

Agganna Sutta: The Beginning of Humankind

More Like This Show all results sharing this subject: The earth was in total darkness. Please write feedback here Here you can read media articles about the Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia which have been published all over the world. In some way, it is difficult for devas to cultivate the Dhamma because the bliss or enjoyments in the heavens are so great that often devas don’t think of the Dhamma until it is too late when the five major signs of decay appear.

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. King Pasenadi of Kosala knows: From Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia.