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XXIII:8 Mara tries to tempt the Buddha

Once, while the Buddha was residing near the Himalayas, he found that many people were being ill-treated by some wicked kings. It then occurred to him whether it would be possible to prevent them from ill-treating those who should not be ill-treated and make the kings rule justly and wisely. Mara knew what the Buddha was thinking and tried to entice the Buddha to rule as a king. To him the Buddha replied, 'O wicked Mara! Your teaching and my teaching are quite different. Therefore, it is impossible for you to influence me.' We must beware of friends who pretend to work for us, but who are actually furthering their own ends.

55/170 Dhammapada & Commentary Khuddhaka J.i.106ff. despair

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