|"The more you are motivated by LOVE, the more fearless and FREE your action will be" - DL|
|Ferocious avian (garuda) temple guardians warding off serpents (nagas), Thailand|
|Reverend Winton Dupree (Mr. Show)|
"Goddam you, Mara! I dam thee straight to purgatory! You goddam so-and-so and son of a B!" Can I get an f'n A?
|Tricky Mara Devaputra|
- The Buddha's encounters with the real Mara (sutras)
- Encounters with the metaphorical Mara (Abhidharma)
|The Killer's disciple holding up the characteristic devil's horns (mudra) of the Dark Lord|
|Mara (Death personified), L.A. Day of the Dead|
Mara has no real interest in forcing only in provoking. Instead of coercing by brute strength, he inspires us to be the source of our own ruin.
For example, in Sutra 50 of The Middle-Length Discourses, Maha Moggallana -- one of the Buddha's chief male disciples, foremost in mystical powers -- eludes Mara. He then warns the inimical spirit what awaits as the karmic result of such harmful behavior toward enlightened disciples of the Buddha.
Maha Moggallana can warn Mara (Namuchi) from direct experience. For he himself, long ago, was a mara known as Mara Dusi, and he himself met with the horrific-hellish results Mara Namuchi would eventually face if he did not desist.
Mara does not insert these into a person's mind/heart; he instigates and awakens what is there dormant and unabandoned. These things -- whether conceived of as momentary states or innate traits -- cannot be successfully opposed for very long by mere willpower or force of any kind. They can, however, be suppressed, outmaneuvered, eluded, abandoned, and completely let go by meditation (cultivation of skillful states and traits).
What to do?
|The rewards of peace and ahimsa|