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Have you face to face with Mara? - Dhamma Wheel

Have you face to face with Mara?

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SarathW
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Have you face to face with Mara?

Postby 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
:meditate:
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

Virgo
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Re: Have you face to face with Mara?

Postby 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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Kevin
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Re: Have you face to face with Mara?

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:28 am


SarathW
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Re: Have you face to face with Mara?

Postby 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
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: Have you face to face with Mara?

Postby 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.

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Re: Have you face to face with Mara?

Postby 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?

Postby 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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