What is Mara: A Transient, Painful, and Selfless State?
Savatthi. While seated, the Venerable Radha asked the Blessed One:
Venerable Sir, one says: Māra, Māra!! What is
this Māra; the Evil One?
Radha, form, feeling,
perception, mental construction, and
is Māra, is a state of Māra, is impermanent,
is of an impermanent nature,
is suffering, is of a painful nature, is
no-self, is of
an impersonal nature,
is in a state of destruction, is in a state of vanishing, is an unstable
is always in a state of momentary ceasing, vanishing right there and
Radha, you should therefore leave behind
desire, should leave behind lust,
you should leave behind all desire and lust for whatever is a state of
for whatever is impermanent, for whatever is only impermanent appearance,
for whatever is suffering, for whatever is of a painful nature, for
is no-self, for whatever is of a ownerless nature, for whatever is a state
destruction, for whatever is a state of vanishing, for whatever is in a
of arising, for whatever that is a state of cessation... And what, Radha,
state of cessation? Form is a state of cessation. Feeling, Perception,
Constructions, and this Consciousness is also a state of continuous
Understanding this, Radha, the well instructed
Noble Disciple experiences
disgust towards form, disgust towards feeling, disgust towards perception,
disgust towards mental construction, & disgust towards consciousness
Experiencing disgust, he becomes disillusioned! Through disillusion his
is released. When it is released, he instantly knows: This mind is
and he understands: Extinguished is birth, this
Noble Life is all completed,
done is what should be done, there is no state of being beyond this one...
More on the individual
deva personality Māra: The
Māra attacks the Buddha in a failed attempt to frighten him.
More on the Universal Fact
daughters temptation of the Buddha also fails flatly!
More on the Mental Release induced by Disgust:
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He is also called
Namuci: Never letting any Escape his hypnotic hedonist powers!
Any Deva can choose own body form. His favourite manifestations are as
The Grouped Sayings by the Buddha.
Samyutta Nikāya 23:24-34 III 199
What is Evil?
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