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The Psychology of Mara

mara exhibits mistakes worthy of the four abodes of joy...

Fear of obliteration is a perception of mara,
conditioned by many lifetimes of neglect.

Fear of nothingness is a perception of mara,
conditioned by many lifetimes of absence of love.

Fear of eternalism is a perception of mara,
conditioned by many lifetimes of fearful events.

Fear of flaws is a perception of mara,
conditioned by many lifetimes of guilt.

Fear of powerlessness is a perception of mara,
conditioned by many lifetimes without agency or power.

Fear of danger, terror, and overwhelmingness is a perception of mara,
conditioned by many lifetimes of neglect of safety.

Fear of loss is a perception of mara,
conditioned by many lifetimes of losing important beings.

In these, in the presence of buddha,
limitless buddha,
for limitless realms,
mara exhibits mistakes
worthy of the four abodes
of joy,
of compassion,
of love, and
of equanimity.

Mistaking liberation for obliteration,
such is the fear of obliteration.

Mistaking emptiness for nothingness,
such is the fear of nothingness.

Mistaking insight for eternalism,
such is the fear of eternalism.

Mistaking cause and effect for guilt,
such is the fear of guilt.

Mistaking samsara for powerlessness,
such is the fear of powerlessness.

Mistaking dependent origination for loss,
such is the fear of loss.

In these, mara,
overwhelmed by “We are”
takes enlightened being for ‘we’, for “us”,
fearful of losing “We are”,
such a being presents habits to avoid fear,
not knowing beyond, not penetrating nibbana,
where these fears are exactly representative of ignorance,
exactly representative of attachment, and
exactly representative of aversion.

Further more, in these, brahma,
overwhelmed by “I am”
takes enlightened being for “other”, for “they”,
fearful of losing “I am”,
fearful of loss of authority,
such a being presents habits to assert authority,
not knowing beyond, not penetrating nibbana,
where these fears are exactly representative of ignorance,
exactly representative of attachment, and
exactly representative of aversion.

Further more, in these, yama,
overwhelmed by thoughts of “You are”
takes enlightened being for “other”, for “they”,
fearful of losing “You are”,
fearful of loss of administering death and justice,
such a being presents habits to assert death and justice,
not knowing beyond, not penetrating nibbana,
where these fears are exactly representative of ignorance,
exactly representative of attachment, and
exactly representative of aversion.

This concludes the talk on the four limitless abodes as friend, for mara, brahma, and yama.