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- Samyutta Nikaya V.8
- Sisupacala Sutta
- Sister Sisupacala
- For free distribution only, as a gift of Dhamma
At Savatthi. Then, early in the morning, Sisupacala 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 from solitude, approached her & said, "Whose philosophy
do you approve of, nun?"
"I don't approve of anyone's philosophy, my friend."
For whose sake
have you shaved your head?
You look like a contemplative
but don't approve of a philosophy,
so why are you wandering here
Outside philosophers place
their confidence in views.
I don't approve
of their teaching.
They're not adept
in the Dhamma.
But there is
the Awakened One,
born in the Sakyan clan,
a person without peer:
everywhere freed, independent;
endowed with an Eye
all-seeing, reaching the end of
all kamma --
with the ending of acquisitions,
He, that Blessed One,
is my teacher.
It's in his Dhamma
that I delight.
Then Mara the Evil One -- sad & dejected at realizing, "Sisupacala the nun
knows me" -- vanished right there.