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Upacala Sutta

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Title: Upacala Sutta: Sister Upacala

Summary: Mara: Why not just settle for a happy rebirth among the devas.

SN 5.7

PTS: S i 133

CDB i 227

Upacala Sutta: Sister Upacala

translated from the Pali by

Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Alternate translation: Bodhi

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At Savatthi. Then, early in the morning, Upacala the nun put on her robes and, taking her bowl & outer robe, went into Savatthi for alms. When she had gone for alms in Savatthi and had returned from her alms round, after her meal she went to the Grove of the Blind to spend the day. Having gone deep into the Grove of the Blind, she sat down at the foot of a tree for the day's abiding.

Then Mara the Evil One, wanting to arouse fear, horripilation, & terror in her, wanting to make her fall away from concentration, approached her & said, “Where do you want to reappear,(1) nun?”

“I don't want to reappear anywhere, my friend.”

[Mara:]

The devas of the Thirty-three, the Hours, the Contented, those who delight in creation, & those in control:

direct your mind there
and it will enjoy
	delight.

[Sister Upacala:]

The devas of the Thirty-three, the Hours, the Contented, those who delight in creation, & those in control:

they are bound
with the bonds of sensuality;
they come again
under Mara's sway.

The whole world is burning. The whole world is aflame. The whole world is blazing. The whole world is provoked. The Unprovoked, Unblazing — that people run-of-the-mill

don't partake,
	where Mara's
	never been —
that's where my heart
truly delights.

Then Mara the Evil One — sad & dejected at realizing, “Upacala the nun knows me” — vanished right there.

Notes

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1.

To reappear = to be reborn.

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See also: SN 6.15; SN 9.6.

en/tipitaka/sut/sn/sn05/sn05.007.than.txt · Last modified: 2019/02/20 15:06 by Johann