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Two Brahmins (1st) —Bhikkhu Sujato

Numbered Discourses 3

6. Brahmins

51. Two Brahmins (1st)

1.1Then two old brahmins—elderly and senior, who were advanced in years and had reached the final stage of life, a hundred and twenty years old—went up to the Buddha, and exchanged greetings with him. 1.2When the greetings and polite conversation were over, they sat down to one side, and said to the Buddha:

1.3“We brahmins, Master Gotama, are old, elderly and senior, we’re advanced in years and have reached the final stage of life; we’re a hundred and twenty years old. 1.4And we haven’t done what is good and skillful, nor have we made a shelter from fear. 1.5Advise us, Master Gotama, instruct us! It will be for our lasting welfare and happiness.”

2.1“Indeed, brahmins, you’re old, elderly and senior. 2.2And you haven’t done what is good and skillful, nor have you made a shelter from fear. 2.3This world is led on by old age, sickness, and death. 2.4But restraint here by way of body, speech, and mind is the shelter, protection, island, refuge, and haven for the departed.

3.1This life, so very short, is led onward.
3.2There’s no shelter for someone who’s been led on by old age.
3.3Seeing this peril in death,
3.4you should do good deeds that bring happiness.

4.1The restraint practiced here—
4.2of body, speech, and mind—
4.3leads the departed to happiness,
4.4as the good deeds done while living.”