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Samyutta Nikaya
IV. Salayatana Vagga
35: Salayatana Samyutta
Pannasaka Tatiya
2. Lokakamaguna Vagga

The Book of the Kindred Sayings
IV. Kindred Sayings on the 'Six-Fold Sphere' of Sense and Other Subjects
35: Kindred Sayings the Sixfold Sphere of Sense The 'Third Fifty' Suttas
2. The Chapter on the Worldly Sensual Elements

Sutta 115

Dutiya Marapasa Suttam

Mara's Noose (ii)

Translated by F. L. Woodward
Edited by Mrs. Rhys Davids

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[92] [57]

[1][than][bodh] Thus have I heard:

Once the Exalted One addressed the brethren, saying:

"Brethren."

"Lord," responded those brethren to the Exalted One.

The Exalted One thus spake:

"There are, Brethren, objects cognizable by the eye,
objects desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother delights in them,
welcomes them,
persists in clinging to them,
this brother is called

'One bound by objects cognizable by the eye,
gone to Mara's home,
gone under Mara's sway.'

Mara's noose encircles him.

Bound is he
with Mara's bond,
for the Evil One
to work his will upon.

"There are, Brethren, sounds cognizable by the ear,
sounds desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother delights in them,
welcomes them,
persists in clinging to them,
this brother is called

'One bound by sounds cognizable by the ear,
gone to Mara's home,
gone under Mara's sway.'

Mara's noose encircles him.

Bound is he
with Mara's bond,
for the Evil One
to work his will upon.

"There are, Brethren, scents cognizable by the nose,
scents desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother delights in them,
welcomes them,
persists in clinging to them,
this brother is called

'One bound by scents cognizable by the nose,
gone to Mara's home,
gone under Mara's sway.'

Mara's noose encircles him.

Bound is he
with Mara's bond,
for the Evil One
to work his will upon.

"There are, Brethren, savours cognizable by the tongue,
savours desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother delights in them,
welcomes them,
persists in clinging to them,
this brother is called

'One bound by savours cognizable by the tongue,
gone to Mara's home,
gone under Mara's sway.'

Mara's noose encircles him.

Bound is he
with Mara's bond,
for the Evil One
to work his will upon.

"There are, Brethren, tangibles cognizable by the body,
tangibles desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother delights in them,
welcomes them,
persists in clinging to them,
this brother is called

'One bound by tangibles cognizable by the body,
gone to Mara's home,
gone under Mara's sway.'

Mara's noose encircles him.

Bound is he
with Mara's bond,
for the Evil One
to work his will upon.

"There are, Brethren, mind-states cognizable by the mind,
mind-states desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother delights in them,
welcomes them,
persists in clinging to them,
this brother is called

'One bound by mind-states cognizable by the mind,
gone to Mara's home,
gone under Mara's sway.'

Mara's noose encircles him.

Bound is he
with Mara's bond,
for the Evil One
to work his will upon.

 


 

"There are, Brethren, objects cognizable by the eye,
objects desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother delights not in them,
welcomes them not,
persists not in clinging to them,
this brother is called

'One not bound by objects cognizable by the eye,
not gone to Mara's home,
not gone under Mara's sway.'

Unwound for him is Mara's noose.

Freed is he from Mara's bond.

He is not one for the Evil One to work his will upon.

"There are, Brethren, sounds cognizable by the ear,
sounds desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother delights not in them,
welcomes them not,
persists not in clinging to them,
this brother is called

'One not bound by sounds cognizable by the ear,
not gone to Mara's home,
not gone under Mara's sway.'

Unwound for him is Mara's noose.

Freed is he from Mara's bond.

He is not one for the Evil One to work his will upon.

"There are, Brethren, scents cognizable by the nose,
scents desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother delights not in them,
welcomes them not,
persists not in clinging to them,
this brother is called

'One not bound by scents cognizable by the nose,
not gone to Mara's home,
not gone under Mara's sway.'

Unwound for him is Mara's noose.

Freed is he from Mara's bond.

He is not one for the Evil One to work his will upon.

"There are, Brethren, savours cognizable by the tongue,
savours desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother delights not in them,
welcomes them not,
persists not in clinging to them,
this brother is called

'One not bound by savours cognizable by the tongue,
not gone to Mara's home,
not gone under Mara's sway.'

Unwound for him is Mara's noose.

Freed is he from Mara's bond.

He is not one for the Evil One to work his will upon.

"There are, Brethren, tangibles cognizable by the body,
tangibles desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother delights not in them,
welcomes them not,
persists not in clinging to them,
this brother is called

'One not bound by tangibles cognizable by the body,
not gone to Mara's home,
not gone under Mara's sway.'

Unwound for him is Mara's noose.

Freed is he from Mara's bond.

He is not one for the Evil One to work his will upon.

"There are, Brethren, mind-states cognizable by the mind,
mind-states desirable,
pleasant,
delightful and dear,
passion-fraught,
inciting to lust.

If a brother delights not in them,
welcomes them not,
persists not in clinging to them,
this brother is called

'One not bound by mind-states cognizable by the mind,
not gone to Mara's home,
not gone under Mara's sway.'

Unwound for him is Mara's noose.

Freed is he from Mara's bond.

He is not one for the Evil One to work his will upon.


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