Q. What is the meaning of ‘Once you get to know an enemy, he can be your friend’?

A. This means that once you have realised what the essence of Mara is, you will come to know that it is the Buddha. When ancient masters said that we should get rid of or escape from Mara, they did not mean that we should move away or do away with it but meant that we should realise that it is also the function of the true-Self.

In essence, Mara is not Mara but the Buddha. The Buddha and Mara are not separate and different from each other but absolutely one. When we don’t see things as they are, that is, when we are deluded by illusions, we mistake the Buddha for Mara. This is why ancient masters would say, “Why do you struggle to avoid the Buddha while trying to see Him?” when they were asked how people could escape from Mara.

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