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Tipitaka >> Sutta Pitaka >> Samyutta Nikaya >> Kassaka Sutta

Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna


1. The origin is Sàvatthi. At the time the Blessed One was instructing, inciting, and gladdening the bhikkhus with a talk, on extinction. The bhikkhus too were listening attentively to grasp the essential.

2. Then it occurred to Màra the evil one, "The recluse Gotama is instructing, inciting, and gladdening the bhikkhus with a talk, on extinction. The bhikkhus too are listening attentively to grasp the essential. What if I approach the recluse Gotama and disturb the gathering?"

3. Then Màra the evil one, approached the Blessed One, creating the form of a farmer and said to the Blessed One:

4. "Recluse, did you see some buffaloes?"

5. "Evil One, what's the use of buffaloes to you?"

6. "Recluse, it's my refuge. The eye is mine, forms are mine and eye-consciousness through eye contact is mine. How could I be released?

"Recluse, it's my refuge. The ear is mine, sounds are mine and ear-consciousness through ear contact is mine. How could I be released?
"Recluse, it's my refuge. The nose is mine, scents are mine and nose-consciousness through nose contact, is mine. How could I be released?
"Recluse, it's my refuge. The tongue is mine, tastes are mine and tongue consciousness through tongue contact, is mine. How could I be released?
"Recluse, it's my refuge. The body is mine, touch is mine and body consciousness through body contact is mine. How could I be released?
"Recluse, it's my refuge. The mind is mine, ideas are mine and mind consciousness through mind contact is mine. How could I be released?"

7. "Evil One, when to your, eye, forms and eye-consciousness through eye contact are not present, then to you the eye is not, forms are not and eye-consciousness through eye contact do not behave.

8. "Evil One, when to your, ear, sounds and ear-consciousness through ear contact are not present, then to you the ear is not, sounds are not and ear-consciousness through ear contact do not behave

9. "Evil One, when to your, nose, scents and nose-consciousness through nose contact are not present, to you the nose is not, scents are not and nose-consciousness through nose contact do not behave.

10. "Evil One, when to your, tongue, tastes and tongue-consciousness through tongue contact are not present, then to you the tongue is not, tastes are not and tongue-consciousness through tongue contact does not behave.

11. Evil One, when to your, body, touches and body-consciousness through body contact are not present, to you the body is not, touches are not and body-consciousness through body contact does not behave

12. "Evil One, when to your, mind, ideas and mind-consciousness through an idea are not present, to you the mind is not, ideas are not and mind-consciousness through mind contact do not behave."

13. "When words say, this is mine, or if they say it's me,

There, the mind is established. Recluse, you are not released."

14. "If it is said, it is not mine, or is said it is not me,

Evil One, know this! You will not see my path.

15. Then Màra the evil one knew, `The Blessed One has recognized me,' became displeased and vanished from there.

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