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ItivuttakaItv 68 Paṭhamarāga Sutta
Passion 1

The Buddha explains how not eradicating passion, hatred and delusion makes a person fall into Māra's noose.

This discourse was taught by the Blessed One, taught by the Arahant, the fully enlightened Supreme Buddha. This is as I heard,

“Monks, anyone whose passion is not eradicated, whose hatred is not eradicated, and whose delusion is not eradicated is said to be in Māra’s bondage; he is caught in Māra’s noose. Whatever the Evil Māra wishes to do can be done to that person.

But anyone whose passion is eradicated, whose hatred is eradicated, and whose delusion is eradicated is said to be free from Māra’s bondage; he has thrown off Māra’s noose. Whatever the Evil Māra wishes to do, cannot be done to that person.”

This is the meaning of what the Blessed One said. So, with regard to this, it was said:

Anyone in whom passion, hatred and ignorance have been eradicated is said to be one among those whose mind is well developed. He has become noble, liberated, and enlightened. He has overcome enmity and fear. He is called the one who has eradicated all.

This, too, is the meaning of what was said by the Blessed One. This is exactly as I heard.

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Itivuttaka 68 Paṭhamarāga Sutta: Passion 1

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