Talk:Mara (demon)

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The Cakkavatti Sutta[edit]

In the Chakravartin sutra it is said, according to translation by Thanissaro Bikkhu:

Monks, I don't envision any other single strength so hard to overcome as this: the strength of Mara. 3 And the adopting of skillful qualities is what causes this merit to increase. 4 [1]

from Cakkavatti Sutta [2]

  1. ^ Translator's note:4. This is the refrain repeated with each stage in the account of how human life will improve in the aftermath of the sword-interval. Here, "merit" seems to have the meaning it has in Iti 22: "Don't be afraid of acts of merit." This is another way of saying what is blissful, desirable, pleasing, endearing, charming — i.e., acts of merit."
  2. ^ Cakkavatti Sutta The Wheel-turning Emperor (excerpt) Translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

quotation from the glossary: "Mara [maara]: The personification of evil and temptation." -- (talk) 13:46, 16 January 2009 (UTC)

Some of the ancient nuns -Sister Soma- about Mara[edit]

The verse(s) should be inserted: how best? -- (talk) 15:10, 16 January 2009 (UTC)

Meaning of "mara"?[edit]

Does anyone know the etymology of the word "mara"? Does it have a meaning besides naming the devil figure of Buddhism? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:54, 10 October 2009 (UTC)

Turner, R. L. (Ralph Lilley), Sir. A comparative dictionary of Indo-Aryan languages. London: Oxford University Press, 1962-1966, mará 9867 mará m. ʻ *death ʼ --Pawyilee (talk) 15:49, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

Nang Thorani[edit]

Phra Mae Thorani or Nang Thorani fending off Mara should be added to this article; and Mara, to hers. Google Books, returns these references: