Samyukta Āgama (2) 216

Bhikkhunī Saṃyutta

Kisāgotamī

Thus have I heard, once, the Buddha was staying at Sāvatthī at the Jeta Grove in the Anāthapiṇḍika Park.

At that time the nun Kisāgotamī took her robes and her begging bowl and entered the town Sāvatthī to beg for food. Having finished her meal, she cleaned her bowl, gathered her seat for meditation, went into the Andhavana forest for the day’s abiding, and sat under a tree.

At that time King Māra the Bad thought: “The renunciant Gotama is staying at Sāvatthī at the Jeta Grove in the Anāthapiṇḍika Park, and here is this nun called Kisāgotamī. She took her robes and her begging bowl and entered Sāvatthī to beg for food. Having finished her meal, she cleaned her bowl, gathered her seat for meditation, and went into the Andhavana forest, now she has sat down under a tree for the day’s abiding.”

Having thought this, he changed into a young man, and with the intention of disturbing her, spoke this verse:

“What are you doing there now /
sitting sadly under a tree,
Sighing and sobbing; /
haven’t you lost a child?
Dwelling alone in the forest /
aren’t you looking for a man?”

Then the nun thought: “Who is this? What a deceiver! Is he, who wants to cause confusion in me, a human or a non-human being?” She entered concentration and recognized that it was King Māra. She spoke a verse:

“I have cut off craving, /
I am without desire, and do not think about children.
Sitting upright among the trees, /
no worries, no agitations trouble me.

I have cut off all craving, /
the darkness of ignorance destroyed.
Having reached complete cessation, /
I peacefully dwell in a state of purity.
Therefore understand: /
Bad One you are defeated.”

At that time the Bad One thought: “The nun Kisāgotamī knows my mind well!” Depressed, dispirited, and ashamed he returned to his palace.