After his first seven days under the Bodhi Tree, the Enlightened One moved to the root of the Ajapāla Nigrodha, the Goatherds’ Banyan Tree. He sat there for the next seven days, feeling the bliss of deliverance.
Then a member of the brahman caste – of the haughty haw-haw-ing kind – asked the Buddha, “What is a brahman, Master Gotama? And what are the things that make a brahman?”
The Buddha, knowing the meaning of this, uttered this exclamation:
The brahman who is rid of evil things,
Not haughty, undefiled and self-controlled,
Perfect in knowledge, and living the brahma-life,
Can rightly employ the word ‘brahman’,
If he is proud of nothing in the world.
(Note: This entry is a paraphrase of Bhikkhu Nānamoli’s The Life of the Buddha, page 33. And according to footnote 5 on page 349, there is a Pāli word – ‘huhunka-jātika’ – which is said to mean one who says ‘hum hum’ out of pride.)