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Dhammapada: Verses and Stories

Dhammapada
Verse 179

The Buddha Cannot Be Tempted




Verse 179.
The Buddha Cannot Be Tempted

That
Buddha traceless of infinite range
whose victory none may e’er undo,
whose vanquished follow to no world,
then by which track will you trace him?

Explanation:
The Buddha’s victory has not been won incorrectly. No one can turn Buddha’s
victory into defeat. Nothing that he has conquered can return, or pursue him,
because his conquest is so complete: His ken infinite, In what way can you
tempt or ensnare him.

Verse 180.
The Buddha Cannot Be Brought Under Sway

That
Buddha traceless of infinite range
in whom’s no entangling craving
and no ensnaring not anywhere lead,
then by which track will you trace him?

Explanation:
The Buddha, in whom there is no thirst (tanha) for grasping to the net that
lures, whose ken is infinite, in what way can you lure him away?

 

Dhammapada
Verses 179 and 180
Maradhitara Vatthu

Yassa
jitam navajiyati1
jitam yassa no’yati koci loke2
tam buddhamanantagocaram3
apadam4 kena padena nessatha.

Yassa
jalini visattika
tanha natthi kuhinci netave
tam buddhamanantagocaram
apadam kena padena nessatha5.

Verse
179: The Buddha, whose conquest (of moral defilements) is complete, in whom
there cannot arise any further defilements in this world, that Buddha of
infinite range of wisdom, who is trackless, - by what track will you lead him?

Verse
180: The Buddha, in whom there is no craving, which like a net would bring him
back to any existence (in samsara), that Buddha of infinite range of wisdom,
who is trackless, - by what track will you lead him?


1.
jitam navajiyati: ‘the conquest is complete’ means there is no need for further
conquests as there are no more moral defilements to be conquered.

2.
jitam yassa no’yati koci loke: lit., whose conquered defilements cannot be
followed by any further defilements in this world.

3.
anantagocaram: The range of wisdom of the Buddha is infinite by reason of his
omniscience, Sabbannuta nana. (The Commentary)

4.
apadam: lit., ‘trackless’. The Buddha, being free from conditions of rebirth,
such as craving, clinging, passion, etc., his track or passage through samsara
has come to an end. (The Com.)

[The
same idea is conveyed in verses 92 and 93 which express the idea that the
arahat passes away, leaving no more trace of existence than a bird leaves its
passage through the air.]

5.
kena padena nessatha: lit., by what track will you lead him? It means he cannot
be lured by any temptation whatsoever.


The
Story of the Three Daughters of Mara

The
Buddha first uttered Verses (179) and (180) of this book while residing near
the Bodhi tree, with reference to the three daughters of Mara. He repeated
these verses to the brahmin Magandiya while journeying through the Kuru
country.

Magandiya
the Brahmin and his wife lived in the kingdom of the Kurus with their daughter
Magandiya who was exceedingly beautiful. She was so beautiful that her father
rudely turned down all her suitors. One day, early in the morning, when the
Buddha surveyed the world, he found that time was ripe for the brahmin
Magandiya and his wife to attain Anagami Fruition. So, taking his bowl and the
robes, the Buddha set out for the place where the brahmin usually went to offer
fire sacrifice.

The
brahmin, seeing the Buddha, promptly decided that the Buddha was the very
person who was worthy of his daughter. He pleaded with the Buddha to wait there
and hurriedly went off to fetch his wife and daughter. The Buddha left his
footprint and went to another place, close at hand. When the brahmin and his
family came, they found only the footprint. Seeing the footprint, the wife of
the brahmin remarked that it was the footprint of one who was free from sensual
desires. Then, the brahmin saw the Buddha and he offered his daughter in
marriage to him.

The
Buddha did not accept nor did he refuse the offer, but first, he related to the
brahmin how the daughters of Mara tempted him soon after his attainment of
Buddhahood. To the beautiful Tanha, Arati and Raga, the daughters of Mara, the
Buddha had said, “It is no use tempting one who is free from craving,
clinging and passion, for he cannot be lured by any temptation
whatsoever.”

Then
the Buddha spoke in verse as follows:


Verse
179: The Buddha, whose conquest (of moral defilements) is complete, in whom
there cannot arise any further defilements in this world, that Buddha of
infinite range of wisdom, who is trackless, - by what track will you lead
him?

 

Verse
180: The Buddha, in whom there is no craving, which like a net would bring
him back to any existence (in samsara), that Buddha of infinite range of
wisdom, who is trackless, - by what track will you lead him?

Then,
the Buddha continued, “Brahmin Magandiya, even when I saw those peerless
daughters of Mara, I felt no sensual desire in me. After all, what is this body
of your daughter? It is full of urine and filth; I don’t like to touch it even
with my foot!”
On hearing those words of the Buddha, both the brahmin
and his wife attained Anagami Fruition. Later, they joined the Order and
eventually both of them attained arahatship.

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FEEDBACK
from Bhante Kaccayana (27 May 2008)

Metta Vihara Forest Monastery, Germany

Dear Piya Tan,
Thousand thanks for the two CD´s with your precious Sutta material, which
arrived two days back! I also downloaded some from the website you mentioned.
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