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Yavakalāpi Sutta

v.l. Yavakalāpiya sutta.– If six men, armed with flails, were to beat out a sheaf of corn, it would be thoroughly threshed. Thus are worldlings (puthujjana) threshed by objects, etc; thoughts of a future birth thresh them even more thoroughly.

Once Vepacitti and the Asurā were defeated by Sakka and the Devā and Vepacitti was bound hand and foot. However, when Vepacitti thought that the Devā were righteous, his bonds slackened. Subtle were the bonds of Vepacitti, but more subtle are those of Māra. He who possesses conceits of craving (taṇhā), wrong-view (diṭṭhi), and conceit (māna) is Māra’s bondsman. S.iv.201 ff.

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