DhammapadaVerses 264 and 265 Hatthaka Vatthu-Verse 264. Shaven Head Alone Does Not Make A MonkVerse 265. Who Give Up Evil Is True Monk
Verse 264. Shaven Head Alone Does Not Make A Monk
Explanation: Can an individual who does not practice religion,
Verse 265. Who Give Up Evil Is True Monk
Explanation: If an individual were to quell all defilements,
Dhammapada Verses 264 and 265
Na mundakena samano
abbato alikam bhanam
samano kim bhavissati.
Yo ca sameti papani
samitatta hi papanam
“samano” ti pavuccati.
Verse 264: Not by a shaven head does a man become a samana, if he lacks
morality and austere practices and tells lies. How could he who is full of
covetousness and greed be a samana?
Verse 265: He who has totally subdued all evil, great and small, is called a
samana because he has overcome all evil.
The Story of Bhikkhu Hatthaka
While residing at the Jetavana monastery, the Buddha uttered Verses (264) and
(265) of this book, with reference to a bhikkhu named Hatthaka.
Bhikkhu Hatthaka was in the habit of challenging ascetics of non-Buddhist
faiths to meet him in a certain place to debate on religious matters. He would
then go out by himself to the self-appointed place. When nobody appeared he
would boast, “Look, those wandering ascetics dare not meet me, they have
been beaten by me!”, and such other things. The Buddha called Hatthaka to
him and said, “Bhikkhu! Why do you behave in this way? One who says such
things cannot become a samana in spite of his shaven head. Only one who has rid
himself of all evil is to be called a samana.”
Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:
Verse 264: Not by a shaven head does a man become
Verse 265: He who has totally subdued all evil,
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THE GIRL MONKEY AND THE STRING OF PEARLS
NE day the king went for a long walk in the woods.
When they were all ready to go into the water,
As the queen put her string of pearls away in a box,
At first the servant kept her eyes on the jewel-box.
 As soon as the Monkey saw this,
By and by the servant awoke. She looked in the box,
Up ran the guards from every side.
The servant said: “I sat right here beside the box
The guards told the king that the pearls were gone.
“Find the man who stole the pearls,” said the king.
After the king had gone, the chief guard said to himself:
“There is something strange here. These pearls,” thought he,
Then the chief guard thought of a trick
After dark that night the guards hung the strings of glass beads
But the Girl Monkey who had taken the queen’s string
The other Monkeys were greatly pleased with their strings of beads.
Then the chief of the guards, who had been hiding near-by,
“It was this Girl Monkey, your Majesty, who took the pearls.”
 The king was glad enough to get the pearls,
The chief guard told the king
“You are the right man in the right place,”
While Keane’s cartoon kids have stayed the same age,
his real kids have grown up and two followed in their father’s creative
footsteps. Glen, who served as the model for the Billy character, is now
a prominent animator for The Walt Disney Company. He designed and
animated the Beast for Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” and most recently
did the brilliant animation on Tarzan. Jeff works as his dad’s
assistant on the comic panel. And today, nine grandchildren provide the
cartoonist with a whole new generation of ideas.
Cheney may have shot that man in the face, but at least he didn’t call him an idiot.