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This is the beginning of a story from the days and nights of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni that we hear from the sutra.
Lord Buddha Shakyamuni was walking along the road near Rajgir followed by a procession of 500 monks. Following the Lord Buddha and the procession of 500 monks was Supiya, a wanderer and his pupil Bramadhata.
Supiya was arguing with Bramadhata over the need to praise the Lord Buddha Shakyamuni. Supiya was suggesting that it’s not necessary to praise the Lord Buddha. Bramadhata, the pupil of Supiya was contesting that indeed, it is both necessary and wise to praise the Lord Buddha Shakyamuni. Supiya was a bit heated, but Bramadhata discussed that it is indeed a safe, reliable and valid action of the body, speech and mind to praise the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
After a while, the Lord Buddha and his procession of five hundred monks reached their shelter for the night. Lord Buddha Shakyamuni rested whilst the monks gathered to discuss the days events.
After some time, the Lord Buddha Shakyamuni approached the monks and requested politely that they please explain what they, the monks, had been discussing together. The monks said, they had been discussing why Supiya, the wanderer was fuming over the need to praise, prostrate to and value the Lord Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha.
Lord Shakyamuni spoke gently and calmly about the need to abandon following the Lord Buddha with a deluded mind. Specifically, Lord Buddha said it is indeed wrong to follow the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha with the delusion of arrogance or pride.
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