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Translation by Bhikkhuni Uppalavanna

1. Thus I heard. Soon after enlightenment, the Blessed One was living in Sàvatthi on the bank of river Nera¤jara, at the root of the Ajapàla banyan tree.

2. When the Blessed One was in seclusion this thought and thought process arose to him: `I am released from that difficult task. Good that I am released from that useless, difficult task. Good, I was mindful and attained enlightenment!'

3. Then Màra the evil one knowing the thought and thought process that had arisen to the Blessed One, approached and said a stanza to the Blessed One:

"Without developing the austerities, how is the human to be purified?
An impure one thinks he is pure, you have missed the path of purity."

4. The Blessed One, recognizing the evil one, replied him with a stanza:

"I know the uselessness of all other austerities,
All that miscarries one, like dear ones, removed from righteousness,
I know the path and develop virtues, concentration and wisdom.
I have attained the highest purity. Go away! You are the ender."

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

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