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Upacala Sutta

Sister Upacala

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At Savatthi: Then, early in the morning, Upacala the nun put on her robes and, taking her bowl and 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," (sic) and terror in her, wanting to make her fall from solitude, approached her and said, "Where do you want to reappear be reborn, 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,
and 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,
and 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, Un-blazing
-- that people run-of-the-mill
 donít partake,
 where Mara's
 never been --
 thatís where my heart
 truly delights."
      

Then Mara the Evil One -- sad and dejected at realizing, "Upacala the nun knows me" -- vanished right there.



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