TO BE ANSWERED BY A NOVICE
(Samanera pañha) (1)
- One is what? All
beings subsist on food.
- Two is what? Name
and form (mind and matter).
- Three is what?
Three kinds of feeling.
- Four is what? Four
- Five is what? Five
aggregates subject to grasping.
- Six is what? Internal
- Seven is what?
Seven Factors of Enlightenment.
- Eight is what?
The Noble Eightfold Path.
- Nine is what? Nine
abodes of beings.
- Ten is
what? He/she that is endowed with ten attributes is called an Arahant.
The novice referred
to here is the seven-year old Sopaka. He was questioned by the Buddha.
It is not a matter for surprise that a child of such tender years can
give profound answers to these questions. One has heard of infant prodigies.(3)
1. Also known as 'Kumaro Panha', Questions to be answered by the
Young One. Khp. 2; cf. A. v. 50 ff; 55 ff.
2. See notes at the end of the book.
3. Vide Encyclopaedia Britannica. Inc., 1955, II. p. 389. Also
read The Case for Rebirth. Francis Story. Wheel 12-13. Buddhist
Publication Society, Kandy, Sri Lanka.