Have you face to face with Mara?

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SarathW
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Have you face to face with Mara?

Post by SarathW » Thu Sep 12, 2013 3:40 am

I do not have any direct experience with physical Mara.
With some experience I had, I started to wonder whether Mara is approaching us in a disguise manner.

When I stared some serous meditation I was attacked by a sickness and I suffered with pain for months.
I did not give up my meditation. I kept pain as my new meditation object.
J
ust after my recovery and get back to my meditation I stuck with a new problem.
One of my friend came from overseas with his family and stayed with me for few weeks disrupting my regular meditation. Even this instance I never gave up.
I finished attend to my friends family needs and did my meditation at late night after they all went to bed.

I thought of share this experience with you after reading the following article.

Please share your experience with encountering Mara. :jedi:

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If a monk or experienced meditator does persuade them to take up the practice of insight meditation, when the time comes for them to go to the meditation centre, Māra intervenes and persuades them not to go.
Something else more important suddenly crops up. They get sick, they have to help their friend, they have to take the dog to the vet.
Whether the excuse is obviously lame or apparently genuine, you can be sure that Māra will prevent them from practising meditation.

http://www.aimwell.org/error.html
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“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Have you face to face with Mara?

Post by Virgo » Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:21 am

Unless there is a moment with panna, the mara of ignorance has us by the throat.
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Re: Have you face to face with Mara?

Post by tiltbillings » Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:28 am

Virgo wrote:Unless there is a moment with panna, the mara of ignorance has you by the throat.
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Kevin
But there are always choices to be made, which is what the Dhamma is about. Mara's grip is certainly not absolute.
>> Do you see a man wise [enlightened/ariya] in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.<< -- Proverbs 26:12

This being is bound to samsara, kamma is his means for going beyond. -- SN I, 38.

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” HPatDH p.723

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Re: Have you face to face with Mara?

Post by SarathW » Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:00 am

Mara (rain) challenged Goenka in his record breaking meditation retreat !!
Very interesting video.

Doing Time Doing Vipassana - Full official version

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkxSyv5R1sg
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Re: Have you face to face with Mara?

Post by Pondera » Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:05 am

It wouldn't be fun if the possibility did not exist that He might lose. There is a very simple reason you do not see Him. But I am in an ATM line up and I cannot think of it. Oohp. I'm next.
A wise man once asked an audience, "why do the ignorant shrug their shoulders?"

No one in the audience knew. They shrugged their shoulders, however the wise man only laughed and shook his head. He didn't explain any further.

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Re: Have you face to face with Mara?

Post by plwk » Tue Feb 04, 2014 11:23 am

Do bosses from hell and relatives count?

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Re: Have you face to face with Mara?

Post by rowboat » Tue Feb 04, 2014 2:33 pm

:anjali:
Rain soddens what is covered up,
It does not sodden what is open.
Therefore uncover what is covered
That the rain will not sodden it.
Ud 5.5

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