“At the very moment of enlightenment, the Buddha experienced hosts of maras, or obstacles, attacking him with aggression and trying to seduce him with beautiful girls. That is a peak point, or (what is called) a moment of bardo experience. The point is that once we have achieved some higher state, a so-called higher state or more profound state of something, the negative aspect, or the mara aspect, is also going to be there — equally, exactly the same. And they both become more subtle. The subtleties of awakeness are exactly the same as the subtleties of sleepiness or confusion. Such subtleties continue all the time, side by side. Therefore, samsara and nirvana are like two sides of a coin. They occur together in one situation, simultaneously. Such bardo experiences happen all the time with us. We don’t have to have a peak experience or a dramatic experience — in ordinary everyday situations as well, we are not quite certain whether we are learning something or whether we are missing something. There is that particular point of doubt.”
From “The Bardo of Birth,” in TRANSCENDING MADNESS: THE EXPERIENCE OF THE SIX BARDOS, page 77.
I’m SO having an Armies of Mara day!
Dizzy with the fever.
What’s a single girl to do??