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The Story of Mara

While residing in a monastery near the Himalayas. the Buddha uttered Verses (331), (332)
and (333) of this book, with reference to Mara, who tried to entice him to rule as a king.

Once, while the Buddha was residing near the Himalayas, he found that many people were
being ill-treated by some wicked kings. It then occurred to him, whether it would be possible
to prevent them from ill-treating those who should not be ill-treated and make the kings rule
justly and wisely. Mara knew what the Buddha was thinking and planned to entice the Buddha
to rule as a king. To him the Buddha replied, "O wicked Mara! Your teaching and my teaching
are quite different. You and I cannot have any discussion. This is my teaching".

Then the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:

Verse 331. It is good to have friends when the need arises; it is good to be content with anything
that is available; it is good to have merit when life is about to end; it is good to be rid of all
dukkha.

Verse 332. In this world it is good to be dutiful to one's mother; also it is good to be dutiful to
one's father. In this world it is good to minister unto samanas; also it is good to minister unto
brahmanas.

Verse 333. It is good to have virtue till old age, it is good to have unshakable faith,
it is good to gain wisdom, it is good to do no evil.

Translated by Daw Mya Tin, M.A.,
Burma Pitaka Association, Rangoon, Burma 1986.


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