Maha Buddhavamsa - Vanquishing Vasavatti Mara (Devaputta Mara)
When the Bodhisatta had taken his seat on the Invincible, Aparajita throne, at the foot of the Maha Bodhi Tree, for realization of Sabbannuta Nana, Sakka came to pay homage and stood blowing the Vijayuttara conch.
All the Devas and Brahmas from the ten thousand world-systems arrived to pay homage with offerings of festoons of very fragrant of flowers, perfumes, scented powder, incense and incense sticks and singing thousands of songs in acclaim.
I cannot concede him in any way the opportunity of escaping from the three worlds under my sway".
With this thought, he went to Vasavatti Deva world and, having assembled the fighting forces of Mara, commanded them, "O Men, transform yourself into various frightening forms, and each holding a different weapon proceed quickly to Prince Siddhattha like a huge torrent of water rushing down overwhelmingly";
Just like a rebel leader with many followers in the human world, rising in active revolt against the country, looting and committing acts of robbery, the Mara was in fact just a powerful Deva inhabitant of the Paranimitta Vasavatti Deva world, leading an insurgency there with a large retinue of evil Devas, causing great nuisance to humans, Deva and Brahmas in their performance of meritorious deeds.)
The great hordes of Mara advancing on the Bodhisatta were enormous numerically that it was twelve yojanas deep in front of Mara, twelve yojanas wide to his right, twelve yojanas wide to his left, an nine yojanas high above him and in the rear it reached as far as the end of the ten thousand world-systems,
Mara, holding one thousand various weapons in his one thousand created arms, and his numerous troops each holding a different weapon, transforming themselves into hideous figures with variegated faces, advanced on the Bodhisatta in order to overpower and destroy him.
When the great armies of Mara were thus advancing towards the Maha Bodhi Tree, not a single one out of those Devas headed by Sakka who bad been there hitherto paying homage to the Bodhisatta, could withstand them; they fled helter-skelter in all directions.
Maha Brahma also, throwing away the white umbrella at the edge of the world-systems, went back to the Brahma world; Kala Naga also, abandoning all the Naga dancers dived into the earth, went to the Naga mansion called Manjerika,
five hundred yojanas in size and slept covering his face with the hand; there was not a single Deva or Brahma who dared to remain standing in the neighbourhood of the Bodhisatta and the Maha Bodhi Tree.
When Mara arrived with the clear appearance of these ominous signs, the Bodhisatta remained seated courageously without the least fear, like the bird king Garuda in the midst of birds or like the lion king Kesaraja amidst beasts.
Viewing his hordes, Mara could just give them command, "Come on! Seize him!", but he himself was unable to go anywhere near the Maha Bodhi Tree just as a fly was incapable of approaching a piece of red hot iron.
He said to his hordes, "O men, there is not a single person to match this Prince Siddhattha the son of King Suddhodana; we are unable to make a frontal attack on him; we shall attack this Prince Siddhattha from the rear".
"Such overwhelming numbers of Mara's troops are making great efforts with the sole object of attacking me; there is neither my mother nor father, nor my brother nor any other relatives of mine here at this place.
Only the Ten Perfections which I have so long developed and nurtured will serve me as my companions and retinue;
Mara's attack by discharging nine kinds of missiles
and also of pulverizing villages and towns in the surrounding area, they became powerless on coming near the Bodhisatta and were incapable of even ruffling the edge of his robe on account of the glory and power of the Bodhisatta's deeds of merit.
(2) Mara expectedly looked about with the thought, "By this time, the recluse Gotama should have been carried away by the storm missile discharged by me and dashed against 'Cakkavala' mountain into smithereens."
When this torrent of water, after eroding and overflowing the fringe of forests and hills and trees, reached near the Bodhisatta, it was incapable of even wetting a single thread of his robe; it changed its course and flowed away elsewhere without touching the Bodhisatta.
Stones of very large sizes came rolling through the sky like huge mountain tops, sending off flames of dust; on nearing the Bodhisatta, they got transformed into big celestial garlands and balls of flowers.
All kinds of weapons such as single-edged and double-edged spears and knifes, etc., emitting flumes and flames came flying through the sky area only to fall in the form of jasmine flowers, etc. in the Maha Bodhi area.
(5) Although Mara had intended, "Prince Siddhattha will become like a heap of minced meat", he was struck with wonder when he saw Prince Siddhattha seated as before without being destroyed like a huge diamond mountain. So he again caused live coals to rain down .
Although Mara launched his attacks by means of the above-mentioned nine kinds of weapons, they proved ineffective; so he continued to let fall meteors in consequence of which the whole ten thousand world-systems was completely covered with flames and smokes.
When Mara was unable to cause any harm to the Bodhisatta even with such aggressive actions, he renewed his offensive with evil intention by launching mechanised weapons, saying, "O Prince Siddhattha, I will have your head smashed into bits and let fall to the ground."
The might of that mechanical weapon was such that: If it was thrown on the ground, no grass could grow for twelve years; if discharged into the sky, there would be drought and not a single drop of rain would fall for a total period of twelve years.
If directed at the top of mount Meru, the mountain would break up into two and fall asunder.
Such was the might of the said mechanised weapon.
When it was launched by Mara, it came down through the sky, roaring like thunder and fell down at the feet of the Bodhisatta curling like a rope-coil used as a foot-scraper, thereby humbling the pride of Mara.
"Why are you just standing there? Don't give this Prince Siddhattha any chance to attain his cherished wish of becoming a Buddha; seize him, kill him; cut him up, break him down. Don't allow him to escape."
He himself approached the Bodhisatta, sitting on the back of Girimekhala elephant and brandishing an arrow with one hand, said to the Bodhisatta, "O Prince Siddhattha, remove yourself henceforth from the jewelled Throne."
(Here, the author inserted Taungdwin Sayadaw Khingyiphyaw's verses of reverence (adoration) relating the Bodhisatta's vanquishing of the nine kinds of weapons launched by Mara together with expositions. We have left them out from our translation.)