|Siddhartha meets Mara under the Bodhi tree the night before the dawn of enlightenment.|
|"Therefore, since the world has still/Much good, but much less good than ill,/And while the sun and moon endure,/Luck's a chance, but trouble's sure,/I'd face it as a wise man would,/And train for ill and not for good./But take it: if the smack is sour/The better for the embittered hour;/It will do good to heart and head..." (A.E. Housman).|
Well, this just about does it for us in the Old Age. "Any last words, Zaphod?" "No." "Trillian?" "No."
|Fear not for fear weakens one. Love.|
Sati Center for Buddhist Studies Sutta Study Program 2008-2009 (edited)
|Fearless mudra (samuizoom.com)|
Another explanation is that a mistake was made during the [memorization, repeating, and] transmission of this part of this discourse. In other words, perhaps the text originally had something that made better sense.
|Abhaya gesture (mesosyn.com)|