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Saɱyutta Nikāya
3. Khandhā Vagga
23. Rādha Saɱyuttaɱ
1. Māra Vagga

Suttas Linked to Rādha

1. Māra

Suttas 1-46

Translated from the Pali by
Michael M. Olds

 


 

Sutta 1

Māra Suttaɱ

Māra

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

Once upon a time, The Lucky man, Sāvatthi-town revisiting,
Jeta Grove,
Anathapiṇḍika's Park.

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 seeing the best way.

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 seeing the best way.

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 seeing the best way.

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 seeing the best way.

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 seeing the best way."

"But 'seeing in the best way,' bhante, what is the point of that?"

"The point of seeing in the best way, 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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