Mahāvastu

55. The Temptation by Māra

atha bodhisatvaṃ dāni uruvilvāyāṃ tapovane nadyā nairaṃjanāyās tīre duṣkaracārikāṃ carantaṃ māro pāpīyāṃ upasaṃkramya vadayati || kiṃ prahāṇena kariṣyasi agāramadhye vasa | rājā bhaviṣyasi cakravarti | mahāyajñāni ca yajāhi aśvamedhaṃ puruṣamedhaṃ somaprāsaṃ nirargaḍaṃ padumaṃ puṇḍarīkaṃ ca | etāni yajñāni yajitvā pretya svargeṣu modiṣyasi bahu ca puṇyaṃ prasaviṣyasi | prahāṇaṃ ca duṣkaraṃ durabhisaṃbhaṇaṃ anavadyapuṇyapārihāṇi brahmacaryavāsaṃ || bodhisatvo āha || nāhaṃ pāpīmaṃ puṇyehi arthiko |

ramaṇīyāny araṇyāni vanagulmāṃ ca paśyiya |
uruvilvāya sāmante prahāṇaṃ prahitaṃ mayā ||

parikrāmya vyāyamantaṃ uttamārthasya prāptaye |
namuci karuṇāṃ vācaṃ bhāṣamāṇa ihāgamat* ||

kṛśo tvam asi durvarṇo santike maraṇaṃ tava |
saṃhara mahāprahāṇaṃ na āśā tuhya jīvite ||

jīvitaṃ te hitaṃ śreṣṭhaṃ jīvan puṇyāni kāhisi |
karohi puṇyāni tāni yena pretya na śocasi ||

carantena brahmacaryaṃ agnihotraṃ ca juhūtā |
anantaṃ jāyate puṇyaṃ kiṃ prahāṇena kāhisi ||

dūraṃ āśā prahāṇasya duṣkaraṃ durabhisaṃbhuṇaṃ |
imāṃ vācāṃ bhaṇe māro bodhisatvasya santike ||

taṃ tathā idāniṃ māraṃ bodhisatvo dhyabhāṣata |
kṛṣṇabandhu pāpīmaṃ nāhaṃ puṇyārthiko ihāgataḥ ||

aṇumātraiḥ puṇyaiḥ artho mahyaṃ māra na vidyati |
yeṣāṃ tu artho puṇyehi kathaṃ tāṃ māra na vidyasi ||

nāhaṃ amaro ti manyāmi maraṇāntaṃ hi jīvitaṃ |
anivartaṃ gamiṣyāmi brahmacaryaparāyaṇaḥ ||

nadīnām api śrotāṃsi ayaṃ vāto va śoṣayet* |
kiṃ mama prahitātmasya śoṇitaṃ nopaśoṣaye ||

śarīraṃ upaśuṣyati pittaṃ śleṣmaṃ ca vātajaṃ |
mānsāni lohitaṃ caiva avajīryatu sāṃprataṃ ||

mānsehi kṣīyamāṇehi bhūyo cittaṃ prasīdati |
bhūyo smṛti ca vīryaṃ ca samādhi cāvatiṣṭhati ||

tasya caivaṃ viharato prāptasya uttamaṃ padaṃ |
nāyam atra kṣataṃ kāyaṃ paśya satvasya śuddhatāṃ ||

asti cchando ca vīryaṃ ca prajñā ca mama vidyati |
nāhaṃ taṃ paśyāmi loke yo prahāṇāto vāraye ||

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eṣo sajjo prāṇaharo dhiggrāmyaṃ no ca jīvitaṃ ||

tasmā smṛtimanto santo saṃprajāno niropadhiḥ |
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eṣo haṃ ca paraṃ cittaṃ bhāvayitvāna yodhane |
balena vanaṃ bhinditvā anuṣṭheyam anuṣṭhito ||

ahaṃ bodhitaror adhastāt* aprāpte amṛte pade |
dṛṣṭvā namucino senāṃ sannaddhām utsṛtadhvajāṃ ||

yuddhāya pratiyāsyāmi nāhaṃ sthānārtham upāviśe |
tām ahaṃ nivartiṣyāmi senāṃ te anupūrvasaḥ ||

kāmā te prathamā senā dvitīyā ārati vuccati |
tṛtīyā kṣutpipāsā ca caturthī tṛṣṇā vuccati ||

paṃcamā styānamiddhaṃ te ṣaṣṭhī bhīru pravuccati |
saptamā vicikitsā te mānārtho bhoti aṣṭamā |
lobho ti śloko satkāro mithyālabdho ca yo yaśo ||

eṣā namucino senā sannaddhā ucchritadhvajā |
pragāḍhā atra dṛśyante eke śramaṇabrāhmaṇāḥ ||

na tām aśūro jayati jitvā vā anuśocati |
tāṃ prajñāya te bhetsyāmi āmapātraṃ va ambunā ||

vaśīkaritvāna te śalyaṃ kṛtvā sūpasthitāṃ smṛtaṃ |
ālabdhavīryo viharanto vineṣyaṃ śrāvakāṃ pi tu ||

pramādam anuyujanti bālā durmedhino janā |
gaṃsāmi te akāmasya yatra duḥkhaṃ nirudhyati ||

tasya śokaparītasya vināśaṃ gacchi ucchriti |
tataś ca surmano yakṣo tatraivāntarahāyithā ||