Why Did The Mara Not Want The Buddha To Preach Enlightenment?

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  • Sunman
    Lv 6
    8 years ago
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    for the same reasons that "sinners" did not want Christ's version of enlightenment;

    the light of illumination would have revealed everything true and false about the individual, including every "dirty little secret".

    the illumination itself requires acknowledgement, repentance and dramatic life changes.

    hence, the meaning of the quote:

    "...and this is the condemnation; that the light has come into the world and men loved the darkness, rather than light, because their deeds were evil..."

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  • Mara is not a deva/asura, he is simply the ignorance and ego which is in every human. In Indian Philosophy they prefer the reader or analyzer to use their brain and infer what do they really mean. It is always hidden, and mentioned symbolically.

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  • I'm pretty sure that "Mara" in Buddhism is just a metaphor for everything wrong with humans.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    To bring death: Mara is the goddess of death, and Yama is the god of death. Also, see Naraka(hell or purgatory)

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