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Saɱyutta Nikāya:
III. Khandhā Vagga:
23: Rādha Saɱyuttaɱ

Suttas 1-46

 


 

I. Māravaggo


 

Sutta 1

Mara

[1.1][pts][wp] I HEAR TELL:

Once upon a time, Bhagava, Sāvatthi-town residing:

Then one time there the Ancient Radha drew near Bhagava,
gave salutation, and took a seat to one side.

At that time, so seated, the Ancient Radha said this to Bhagava:

"Mara! Mara!" is the expression
to what extent, bhante, can there be said to be Mara?

Where there is Form, Radha, there is Mara, or death or suchas dies.
Therefore, Radha, you should see Form as Mara, see it as death, see it as suchas dies, see it as disease, see it as a boil, see it as an arrowhead, see it as the forefront of woe, see it as the forefront of much woe.

Those thus seeing are high seeing.

Where there is Sense Experience, Radha, there is Mara, or death or suchas dies.
Therefore, Radha, you should see Sense Experience as Mara, see it as death, see it as suchas dies, see it as disease, see it as a boil, see it as an arrowhead, see it as the forefront of woe, see it as the forefront of much woe.

Those thus seeing are high seeing.

Where there is Perception, Radha, there is Mara, or death or suchas dies.
Therefore, Radha, you should see Perception as Mara, see it as death, see it as suchas dies, see it as disease, see it as a boil, see it as an arrowhead, see it as the forefront of woe, see it as the forefront of much woe.

Those thus seeing are high seeing.

Where there is Own-making, Radha, there is Mara, or death or suchas dies.
Therefore, Radha, you should see Own-making as Mara, see it as death, see it as suchas dies, see it as disease, see it as a boil, see it as an arrowhead, see it as the forefront of woe, see it as the forefront of much woe.

Those thus seeing are high seeing.

Where there is Consciousness, Radha, there is Mara, or death or suchas dies.
Therefore, Radha, you should see Consciousness as Mara, see it as death, see it as suchas dies, see it as disease, see it as a boil, see it as an arrowhead, see it as the forefront of woe, see it as the forefront of much woe.

Those thus seeing are high seeing.

But "high seeing," bhante, what is the point of that?

The point of high seeing, Radha, is indifference.

But "indifference," bhante, what is the point of that?

The point of indifference, Radha is dispassion.

But "dispassion," bhante, what is the point of that?

The point of dispassion, Radha is freedom.

But "freedom," bhante, what is the point of that?

The point of freedom, Radha, is Nibbāna.

But "Nibbāna," bhante, what is the point of that?

That is the question, Radha! But a question unansurable within graspable limits. Indeed it is for a ford to Nibbāna, Radha, that one lives the Godly life, Nibbāna is the ultimate end, Nibbāna is the final conclusion.

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