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Adapted from the Translation by T. W. Rhys Davids and Hermann Oldenberg


MAHAVAGGA

FIRST KHANDHAKA(THE FORMATION OF THE ORDER OF BHIKKHUS)

Chapter-13 : Another Dejection of Mara(the Deathlord).

1. And the Lord Buddha, after having kept the vassa(rains) residence, thus addressed the Bhikkhus: 'By wise contemplation, O Bhikkhus(Monks), and by wise firmness of exertion have I attained the highest emancipation, have I realised the highest emancipation. Attain ye also, O Bhikkhus(Monks), the highest emancipation, realise the highest emancipation, by wise contemplation and by wise firmness of exertion.'

2. And Mara the wicked One went to the place where the Lord Buddha was; having approached him, he addressed the Lord Buddha by the following stanza: 'You are bound by Mara's fetters, human and divine. You are bound by strong fetters. You will not be delivered from me, O Samana(monk).'

(Buddha replied): 'I am delivered from Mara's fetters, human and divine. I am delivered from the strong fetters. You are struck down; O Death.'

Then Mara the wicked One understood: 'The Lord Buddha knows me, the perfect One knows me;' and, sad and afflicted, he vanished away.

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