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Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna


1. At one time the Blessed One was living on a rock, in the country of the Sakyas.

2. At the time, venerable Samiddhi was living diligently in the vicinity of the Blessed One, with aroused effort for dispelling.

3. When venerable Samiddhi was in his seclusion, this thought and thought process arose to him. It is great gain, my Teacher is perfect and rightfully enlightened. It is great gain to me that I have gone forth in a dispensation so well declared. It is great gain to me that my co-associates are virtuous and good friends.

4. Màra the evil one knowing venerable Samiddhi's thought process, approached venerable Samiddhi and made a fearful sound close to him, so to think that the earth was falling to pieces.

5. Then venerable Samiddhi approached the Blessed One, worshipped, sat on a side and said:

6. "Venerable sir, I was living diligently in the vicinity of the Blessed One, with aroused effort for dispelling and when I was in seclusion, this thought and thought process arose to me. It is great gain my Teacher is perfect and rightfully enlightened. It is great gain to me that I have gone forth in a dispensation so well declared. It is great gain to me, that my co-associates are virtuous and good friends. Then venerable sir, I heard a fearful sound, close to me, as though, the earth was falling to pieces."

7. "Samiddhi, it is not the earth falling to pieces, it's Màra the evil one come to distract you. Samiddhi, go, there itself and live diligent to dispel."

8. Venerable Samiddhi agreeing, got up from his seat, worshipped and circumambulated the Blessed One and went.

9. A second time, venerable Samiddhi was living diligently there itself with aroused effort for dispelling, and the second time, when venerable Samiddhi was in his seclusion, this thought and thought process arose to him. It is great gain my Teacher is perfect and rightfully enlightened. It is great gain that I have gone forth in a dispensation so well declared. It is great gain to me that my co-associates are virtuous and good friends. Màra the evil one knowing venerable Samkiddhi's thought process, approached venerable Samiddhi, for the second time and made a fearful sound close to him, so to think that the earth was falling to pieces.

10. Venerable Samiddhi knowing, it's Màra the evil one said this stanza to him:

"I left the household and went forth, out of faith.
I have attained mindfulness and wisdom
My mind is concentrated. Do what you like to this body
Do not trouble me."

11. Then Màra the evil one knowing, venerable Samiddhi knows me disappeared from there, displeased.

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