by Gelongma Karma Migme Chödrön | 2001 | 940,961 words
This page describes “second attack of mara’s daughters” as written by Nagarjuna in his Maha-prajnaparamita-sastra (lit. “the treatise on the great virtue of wisdom”) in the 2nd century. This book, written in five volumes, represents an encyclopedia on Buddhism as well as a commentary on the Pancavimsatisahasrika Prajnaparamita.
[181a] Alone, sitting under a tree
The six organs ever in repose.
Would you have lost a treasure?
Do you not feel the poison of grief and sorrow?
Your face is unequalled in the world
You remain alone, seated, your eyes closed.
Our minds are uncertain:
What are you looking for in this place?
Then the Bhagavat answered with these stanzas:
I gave found the taste of nirvāṇa,
I do not like to dwell among the emotions,
I have chased away the internal and external enemies.,
Your father also I have put to flight.
I have found the taste of the Deathless (amṛtarasa),
I am seated in this forest in peace.
Beings are prey to attachments,
I feel compassion for them.
Then the girls felt ashamed and said to themselves: “This man has abandoned pleasures (vītarāga); he is unshakeable.” At once they disappeared and were not seen again.
Note on this story:
[also see The first attack by the daughters of Māra]
See referencs above, p. 880F, n. 1.