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April 08, 2015

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n. yeti

Subhanupassim viharantam
indriyesu asamvutam
bhojanamhi camattannum
kusitam hinaviriyam
tam ve pasahati Maro
vato rukkhamva dubbalam.

Asubhanupassim viharantam
indriyesu susamvutam
bhojanamhi ca mattannum
saddham araddhaviriyam
tam ve nappasahati Maro
vato selamva pabbatam.

He who keeps his mind on pleasant objects, who is uncontrolled in his senses, immoderate in his food, and is lazy and lacking in energy, will certainly be overwhelmed by Mara, just as stormy winds uproot a weak tree.

He who keeps his mind on the impurities (of the body), who is well-controlled in his senses and is full of faith and energy, will certainly be not overwhelmed by Mara, just as stormy winds cannot shake a mountain of rock.

*according to commentary the term saddham here means: a) unwavering (unshakable) faith in the Buddha, the Dhamma and the Samgha, and
(b) faith or belief in kamma and its results.

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