[ In Buddhist mythology, Mara represents the mind of illusion, doubt, and death. He is often depicted as a demon.
Except for once, all of Mara’s visits to the Buddha took place some time after the Buddha’s enlightenment. ]
One clear summer night, sleep eluded.
Got up to get a glass of water, and noticed the half moon shining brightly out the kitchen window.
Heard klunk, klunk…klunk behind me, and turned to find a familiar figure, inadvertently bumping kitchen surfaces with the wooden handles of various weapons.
D.: Mara ? What are you doing here? Don’t demons ever sleep ?
M.: [complaining gruffly] How do you live in such small spaces? Yeesh, where do you store your Wheel of Sharp Weapons ?
D.: Um, let’s step outside, before you break something.
[Dominic and Mara go out the back door and sit on the wide wooden stoop.]
D.: What brings you by ? Lonely ?
M.: I saw that you started writing again. What a futile waste ! You could be picking up some spare cash, or making a real name for yourself, or just kicking back enjoying life. You could use some exercise, from the look of you.
See, I accept you as you are – I’ve MOVED ON. Now I’m just here to look out for your welfare.
D.: < Laughing > You are an altruist, now ? Well, I could use some exercise, but you’re a long way off about the rest of it.
M.: Bah ! I know humans. That’s what humans want.
D.: [ mock seriousness ] Is this what you came to tell me ?
M.: [ enthusiastically ] Blogs are a waste of time. I was reading up on this internet thing. The average time readers spend on a page is not more than 25 seconds, even less in your country.
What do you expect to accomplish ?
No one stays long enough to remember a thing !
They don’t even read each line !
They scroll down the page, skipping from here to there.
No one reads on the internet – they skim.
D.: This blog is spontaneous expression of whatever wants to be written.
No one accomplishes. No one needs.
Writing happens. Just as it did before.
If anyone likes it, great. If not, that’s great too.
“I” don’t expect to gain anything, and don’t know any bloggers who do.
This makes the fantastic talent, wisdom and beauty in the blogs I’ve encountered shine all the more brightly.
M.: < Harrumph > All I’m saying is that you could get more out of doing something profitable is all.
D.: Sharing life experiences with people all over the world is more than enough “profit”.
M.: < Ughh ! > [ Mara walks away , shaking his head] I’ll be back.
D.: Watch out for the hose ! Don’t crush the tomato plants !
< Sound of crickets chirping >
Mara’s pic came from here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mara_demon_nat_and_Buddha.JPG#filelinks
The moon pic is from here: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=22599&picture=half-moon
For another post with Mara: https://standinginanopenfield.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/mara-comes-to-tea/
For more about Mara: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mara_%28demon%29