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Samyutta Nikaya
Sakka Saṁyutta

11.23 Māyā Sutta
The Discourse about Magic

When Vepacitti falls sick, he asks god Sakka for help.

At Sāvatthi. There, the Blessed One said this: “Monks, once in the past Vepacitti, lord of the titans, was sick, afflicted, and seriously ill. Then Sakka, lord of the gods, went to Vepacitti to inquire about his illness. Vepacitti saw Sakka, lord of the gods, coming in the distance and said to Sakka, lord of the gods: ‘Cure me, lord of the gods.’

“‘If so, dear Vepacitti, teach me the Sambari magic.’

“‘Dear sir, I won’t teach it until I have asked the titans for permission.’

“Then, monks, Vepacitti, lord of the titans, asked the other titans: ‘Sirs, may I teach the Sambari magic to Sakka, lord of the gods?’

“‘No, lord, do not teach Sakka, lord of the gods, the Sambari magic.’

“Then, monks, Vepacitti, lord of the titans, told Sakka, lord of the gods, in verse:

“‘O Sakka, king of gods, called Maghavā, Sujā’s husband, people who do this magic will be reborn in the terrible hell and suffer there for a hundred years like it happened to the titan Sambara.’”

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Saṁyutta Nikāya 11.23 Māyā Sutta: The Discourse about Magic

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