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- Samyutta Nikaya V.1
- Alavika Sutta
- Sister Alavika
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At Savatthi. Then, early in the morning, Alavika 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 solitude, approached her & addressed her in verse:
in the world,
so what are you trying to do
Enjoy sensual delights.
Don't be someone
who later regrets.
Then the thought occurred to Alavika the nun: "Now who has recited this verse -- a
human being or a non-human one?" Then it occurred to her: "This is Mara the Evil
One, who has recited this verse wanting to arouse fear, horripilation, & terror in me,
wanting to make me fall away from solitude."
Then, having understood that "This is Mara the Evil One," she replied to him
an escape in the world,
well touched by me
with discernment --
something that you,
you Evil One,
kinsman of the heedless,
are like swords & spears;
their executioner's block.
What you call sensual delight
is no delight for me.
Then Mara the Evil One -- sad & dejected at realizing, "Alavika the nun knows
me" -- vanished right there.