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Tipitaka >> Sutta Pitaka >> Samyutta Nikaya >> Rajja Sutta

Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna


1. Once the Blessed One was living in a forest hut, in the Himalayas, in the country of Kosala.

2. When the Blessed One was in his seclusion this thought and thought process occurred to him: "Is it possible to rule righteously without, killing, destruction, depriving, conquering, grief and without giving grief ?"

3. Then Màra the evil one, knowing the thought process in the Blessed One's mind, approached the Blessed One and said: "Venerable sir, Blessed One, rule righteously without, killing, destruction, depriving, conquering, grief and without giving grief."

4. "Evil One, knowing what do you say, rule righteously venerable sir, Blessed One, without, killing, destruction, depriving, conquering, grief and without giving grief?"

5. "Venerable sir, the Blessed One has developed, made much, mastered, thoroughly practiced, experienced, scrutinized, and undertaken the four ways of making determinations. If desired, he could settle in the Great Himalaya mountains in gold, as a golden rock

"To a golden mountain, complete with gold and silver,
Two or three are too much, knowing it's only one, should be calm.
If someone sees unpleasantness and its origin,
He would not turn to sensuality again.
Knowing endearments, as the bond in the world
That man will train, to discipline it."

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