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Mara

Postby Jay1 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:24 pm

Why doesn't Mara decide to become enlightened? I mean, he has met Buddha and seen his happiness, etc.

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Re: Mara

Postby Goob » Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:32 pm

Because he's a symbolic representation of desire and doubt and shouldn't be taken as a literal being?
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Re: Mara

Postby David N. Snyder » Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:41 pm

If he is a real being (and yes, it is always a he -- male being), then yes, he can get enlightened. According to the story / mythology, it is an "office holder" position, not a permanent being. Someone just as deluded in desire and ego will come along to take his place. All beings in all realms are subject to samsara and the titled positions change as one goes up or down and another "person" takes his place.
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Re: Mara

Postby Jay1 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 7:37 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:If he is a real being (and yes, it is always a he -- male being), then yes, he can get enlightened. According to the story / mythology, it is an "office holder" position, not a permanent being. Someone just as deluded in desire and ego will come along to take his place. All beings in all realms are subject to samsara and the titled positions change as one goes up or down and another "person" takes his place.


That makes sense, thanks.

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