[II. Sāsanavaḍḍhanaṁ]

17: Mārakathā

Atha kho Bhagavā ChS adds: te.01 bhikkhū āmantesi: “Muttohaṁ PTS, Thai, ChS: muttāhaṁ, alternate sandhi, but in mutto + ahaṁ we would expect elision of the a- element.02 bhikkhave sabbapāsehi ye dibbā ye ca mānusā, tumhe pi bhikkhave muttā sabbapāsehi ye dibbā ye ca mānusā.

Caratha bhikkhave cārikaṁ bahujanahitāya bahujanasukhāya lokānukampāya atthāya hitāya sukhāya devamanussānaṁ. Mā ekena dve agamittha, desetha bhikkhave Dhammaṁ, ādikalyāṇaṁ majjhekalyāṇaṁ pariyosānakalyāṇaṁ, sātthaṁ sabyañjanaṁ; PTS: savyañjanaṁ, showing the b/v alternation.03 kevalaparipuṇṇaṁ parisuddhaṁ brahmacariyaṁ pakāsetha, santi sattā apparajakkhajātikā assavanatā Dhammassa parihāyanti, bhavissanti Dhammassa aññātāro. Aham-pi bhikkhave yena Uruvelā Senānigamo BJT: Senāninigamo, Senāni Town.04 tenupasaṅkamissāmi Dhammadesanāyā.” ti

Atha kho Māro Pāpimā yena Bhagavā tenupasaṅkami, upasaṅkamitvā Bhagavantaṁ gāthāya ajjhabhāsi:

 

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“Baddhosi sabbapāsehi ye dibbā ye ca mānusā,

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Mahābandhanabaddhosi, na me samaṇa mokkhasī!” ti

 

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“Muttohaṁ PTS, ChS: mutt' āhaṁ, also in the repetition below metrically they are identical, but I think elision of the a- element in better grammatically.05 sabbapāsehi ye dibbā ye ca mānusā,

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Mahābandhanamuttomhi: nihato tvam-asi Antakā!” ti

 

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“Antalikkhacaro pāso yvāyaṁ carati mānaso,

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Tena taṁ bandhayissāmi, na me samaṇa mokkhasī.” ti

 

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“Rūpā saddā rasā gandhā PTS, Thai, ChS: gandhā rasā, which would give the rare tavipulā.06 phoṭṭhabbā ca manoramā,

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Ettha me vigato chando: nihato tvam-asi Antakā.” ti

 

Atha kho Māro Pāpimā: “Jānāti maṁ Bhagavā jānāti maṁ Sugato!” ti Dukkhī dummano tatthevantaradhāyi. BJT, PTS, ChS add ti, but this isn't the end of a quote, and has probably arisen from its appearance as a separate discourse in Mārasaṁyuttaṁ (SN1.4.5), where the ti is appropriate.07

Mārakathā Niṭṭhitā BJT has the following curious end-title: Mārakathā Ekādasami Niṭṭhitā, and numbers the next section also, which is not done elsewhere.08