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Of all the legal S [= u] tra-writers Gautama is oldest, and perhaps is pre-buddhistic.
This is as near to heresy as pre-buddhistic Brahmanism permitted itself to come.
The same freedom in regard to ascetics as occurs in other S [= u] tra works is to be found in this author, not in the more suspicious final chapters, but in that part of the work which is accepted as oldest,  and agrees with the data found in the Br [= a] hmanas, where the pre-buddhistic monk is called