Book XXVI. The Brahman, Brāhmaṇa Vagga

XXVI. 3. What is the “Far Shore”? Text: N iv. 140-141.
Māravatthu (385)

385. That man for whom exists neither the far shore...

This religious instruction was given by the Teacher while he was in residence at Jetavana with reference to Māra. {4.141}

The story goes that Māra one day assumed a disguise, approached the Teacher, and asked him, “Reverend Sir, the ‘far shore’ is frequently spoken of. Pray what is this thing that is called the ‘far shore’?” The Teacher knew at once, “This is Māra.” So he said to him, “Evil One, what have you to do with the ‘far shore’? That may be gained only by those who have freed themselves from the lusts.” So saying, he pronounced the following Stanza,

385. That man for whom exists neither the far shore nor the near shore, nor both the far and the near shore,
That man who is fearless and free, that man I call a Brahman.