|I may have lost the Buddha with an offer to rule the world, but you'll sign here.|
|Mara is Eros, Cupid, Tempter...|
|F all y'all! He got away, but you won't.|
|Shapeshifting ogres (yakkhas, rakshasas) of Mara's Army advance; Buddha touches Earth.|
|Earth-witnessing mudra, Tibet|
|Look, the cloth just hovers over him! Run!|
"old temptations came back upon him with renewed force. For years he had looked at all earthly good through the medium of a philosophy which had taught him that it, without exception, carried within itself the seeds of bitterness and was altogether worthless and impermanent; but now, to his wavering faith, the sweet delights of home and love, the charms of wealth and power, began to show themselves in a different light and glow again with attractive colours. He doubted and agonized in his doubt, but as the sun set, the religious side of his nature had won the victory and seems to have come out even purified from the struggle."
|I am a yakkha (ogre) in Mara's Army.|
Mara tries to tempt him to abandon his striving, his quest to find the end of all suffering, and devote himself instead to just doing good works for others.
- Padhana Sutra: The Great Struggle "When, near the river Nerañjara, I exerted myself in meditation for attaining to security from bondage [nirvana], there came Namuci speaking words of compassion: 'You are emaciated and ill-looking, near to death! A thousand parts of you belong to death and only a fraction of you is alive. Live, good sir! It is better to live [and do good works instead].
When I shapeshift into a man
- the first consists of the Lusts;
- the second is Aversion;
- the third Hunger and Thirst;
- the fourth Craving;
- the fifth Sloth and Indolence;
- the sixth Cowardice;
- the seventh Doubt;
- the eighth Hypocrisy and Foolishness;
- Gains, Fame, Honor, and Glory falsely obtained form the ninth;
- the tenth is the Lauding Oneself and Condemning Others.
|I sink and fade away now, but I'll be back.|
|Lana Del Rey is a Jezebel and a vixen. Nice.|
|Open your eyes, Sid. Look at these hotties.|
They offer to tempt the Buddha with soft force, their feminine wiles. This was in the fifth week after the great enlightenment and took place under a banyan tree called the ajapala nigrodha.
|Pssst. Hey, boy. I offer you my daughter.|
In the end the Buddha tells them that he has gone beyond temptation of sense pleasures. So they go back to their father (S.i.124-7; J.i.78-80, 469; DhA.i.201f., iii.196,199; SN.v.835).
In the Samyutta account, they are said to have asked the Buddha questions about himself and his teachings. Aratī's question was how a man who had already crossed the five floods [oghas?] could cross the sixth. For explanation see KS.i.158, n.3.