Pāpimā Devaputta Pajāpati Māra Namuci

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Pāpimā Devaputta Pajāpati Māra Namuci

Post by asahi »

Pls explain the difference between them . Are these names refers to same being ?

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Re: Pāpimā Devaputta Pajāpati Māra Namuci

Post by Dhammanando »

Māra devaputta is used to specify that you're talking about the deva called Māra, as opposed to the figurative senses of the word: māra as the aggregates, māra as death, māra as the defilements, etc.

The others are epithets.

Māra: Killer

Māroti sattānaṃ kusalaṃ māretīti māro, kāmadevo.

"Māra: a desire-world deity; he kills what is wholesome in living beings, thus he is called "Māra".

Papimā: Evil One.
Pajāpati: Lord of this Generation.
Adhipati: Overlord.
Namuci: Grasper or Captor.
Pamattabandhū: Kinsman of the Heedless.
Antaka: End-maker.
Kaṇha: Dark One.
Maddana: Intoxicator.
Dabbaka: Obdurate / Persistent One.
Kandapa: Drinker of Tears.
Ratipati: Lord of Delight.
Pingalacakkhu: Red-eyed One.
Kāma: Desire
Kusumāyudha: Wielder of Flower Weapons.

Etc., etc.
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