The disciples of Makandika, the brahmacarin, placed his corpse in a litter, and holding it aloft, carried it through the city, with many of them calling out, "Whosoever views the body of Makandika will gain the way of purity. How much the more so if they pay reverence to it or make offerings." Many people believed what they said. The Bhikshus heard this and asked the Buddha, "World Honored One. What about this matter?"
The Buddha replied in verse:
Petty people seek purity through what their eyes see.
People like these have no wisdom or actual path.
The afflictions of all the fetters fill up their minds.
How could they by viewing gain the way of purity?
If it were by the eye's seeing that one gained purity,
What use then wisdom or the treasury of meritorious qualities?
It is through wisdom and meritorious qualities that one attains purity.
As for obtaining purity through viewing, there is no such thing.