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The teacher completes the twin-role by performing the following functions towards the student: ( 1 ) He teaches good behaviour to him; (2) (3) he imparts knowledge clearly, and in a manner that the pupil understands and grasps; all that the teacher knows, if necessary, had to be taught without any reservations to the srudent; (4) he would speak well of his pupil's virrues and attainments to others; (5) he should protect him at all times. (D III, 189). group forms an important agent of soCialization.

These monks believed that the best lodging, best food etc. should go for those of noble ranks. e. " In the religion I teach, the standard by which precedence in the matter of lodging and the like is to be settled is not noble birth or having been a brahmin or having been wealthy before entry into the order". l, 92-93). Caste was prevalent in India from immemorial times. During the Buddha's days, caste was a fundamental principle in the social life of the people. A person belongs to a caste by virtue of his birth, and under no circumstances could this caste be changed during his lifetime.

A man or woman from the brahmin caste sustains life in the same way as others in different castes. They all die from the same causes or illnesses. In the case of trees and plants as well as animals, there are remarkable differences from one type to another; and does not find this difference among human beings. The variations in skin colour, hair, shape of nose or head found among groups of human beings are negligible when compared to specific variations in various animal and plant species. Man is thus biologically, one species.

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