SN.7.7. Suddhikasutta ("With Bhāradvāja the Pure")

Saṁyutta Nikāya ("The Linked Discourses")

At Sāvatthī.

Then the brahmin Bhāradvāja the Pure went up to the Buddha, and exchanged greetings with him.

When the greetings and polite conversation were over, he sat down to one side, and recited this verse in his presence:

“No brahmin in the world is ever purified
even though he’s ethical and mortifies himself.
But one accomplished in knowledge and conduct
is purified, not these commoners.”

“Even one who mutters many invocations
is no brahmin by birth
if they’re filthy and corrupt within,
supporting themselves by fraud.

Regardless of whether you’re an aristocrat,
a brahmin, merchant, worker, or an outcaste or scavenger—
if you’re energetic and resolute,
always staunchly vigorous,
you’ll attain ultimate happiness.
Know that for a fact, brahmin.”

When he had spoken, the brahmin Bhāradvāja the Pure said to the Buddha, “Excellent, Master Gotama …” … And Venerable Bhāradvāja became one of the perfected.

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