Aganiya Sutta (Origin of the World, Genders and Castes), Digha Nikaya 27

Introduction Two young Brahmins, Bharadwaja and Vasethha, to whom the Tevijja Sutta’ (Digha Nikaya 13) first conversation is devoted, took refuge in the Three Jewels and began to live among the world renounced followers of the Blessed, preparing to be accepted into the Sangha. Other Brahmins strongly criticized and insulted them in every which way, arguing that by becoming a hermit, young men disgrace the highest caste to which they belong from birth. The relatives of Bharadwaja and Vasethha said that Brahmins are born from the mouth of Brahma, and wandering  hermits are born from…read more