The Agganna Sutta presents a Buddhist creation fable with a moral about castes. Here is a condensed version of the tale. AGGANNA SUTTA: On Knowledge of Beginnings. This is a text taken from a larger collection called the Long Discourses (Digha. Nikaya); the teachings. 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.

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These things are skillful, blameless, to be cultivated, worthy of the noble ones—and are reckoned as such. Aggannz Monarchy is also formed aganna, and the people elect the most righteous and capable person, which implied the Democracy concept. They grieved on the rising of evil amongst their people.

And the good-looking ones despised the others It was the colour of fine ghee or butter, and it was very sweet, like pure wild honey. Thus, greed started to seep in and it ate the substance voraciously, greedily, also calling its comrades who were flying above and on earth to join in the feast. They will even get into trouble from their own deeds, whatever their caste Brahmin, Khattiya, Vessa, and Sudda might be.

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

DN The Origin of the World—Bhikkhu Sujato

But sooner or later, after a very long period, this world begins to expand again. Word meanings are from the Digital Dictionary of Buddhism. When they had obtained food they continued to meditate in the leaf huts. And then they struck that being, some with fists, others with stones, and still others with rods.


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Surta when it was repeated several times, the people began punishing him with fist, stones, and then sticks. The Buddha said that the Brahmins are not speaking truthfully and they will reap a bad result from their own deeds. Previous The Wheel-Turning Monarch. While those who refrain from killing, taking anything aganna is not given, engage in sexual misconduct, lying, slandering, speaking rough words or nonsense, being greedy, cruel, and practising wrong beliefs miccha ditthiwill be seen by people as positive and will earn respect from the people and the wise ones.

Do not the Brahmins revile and abuse you? But one accomplished in knowledge and conduct is best of gods and humans. The Sakyans show deference to King Pasenadi by bowing down, rising up, greeting him with joined palms, and observing proper etiquette for him.

They originated among these very same beings, like ourselves, no different, and in accordance with Dhamma, not otherwise.

Aggañña Sutta – Wikipedia

zgganna The creatures began to devour them as well, and they also found it delicious, like sweet honey and milk. 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 male.

Now, one of those beings was reckless.

The moon and sun were not found, nor were stars and constellations, day and night, months and fortnights, years and seasons, or male and female. Their origin was from among these very same beings They built leaf huts in a wilderness region where they aggannw pure and bright, without lighting cooking fires or digging the soil. 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.

Note that all the various forms of food mentioned are vegetarian. And the beautiful beings looked down on the ugly ones: An surta, brahmin, merchant, worker, or ascetic may do good things by way of body, speech, and mind. The Philosophy of the Middle Way. zutta


Usually, it took only one night for the plant to grow and be ready to be consumed, but by the karmic power the plant began to grow more and more slowly.

Owing to this, many other creatures began to store and hoard the rice.

Aggañña Sutta

As the cosmos expands, aggnna beings mostly pass away from that group of radiant deities and come back to this realm. The Monarch accepts a ‘share of rice’ as his reward to rectify the social order, which is the origin of voluntary reward which suyta into the taxation concept.

Their origin was from among these very same beings, like themselves, no different, and in accordance with Dhamma, not otherwise. He compares the stages of cosmic, vegetation, human and linguistic evolution as indicated by the Buddha with those in western theory, beginning with Then, after the turnips, the earth was grown with rice plants.

Thus such things as are immoral and considered so, blameworthy and considered so, to be avoided and considered so, ways unbefitting an Ariyan and considered so, black with black result and blamed by the wise, are sometimes to be found among the Khattiyas, and the same applies to Brahmins, merchants and artisans.

So now let us divide up the rice into fields with boundaries. The Shramana Gotama is mighty, while I am weak. The Earth was covered in their light. View original text with translation This only works with certain texts, which include translations by Sujato and Brahmali.