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Buddhist Dictionary of Pali Proper Names by G P Malalasekera
Sambara:A chief of the Asuras.In the ”Isayo Samuddakā Sutta” (S.i.227) (q.v.) we are told that,because Sambara refused the request of the sages for a guarantee of safety,they cursed him,and his mind was deranged.

Buddhaghosa adds (SA.i.266) that,on account of this mental derangement,he came to be called Vepacitti (s.v.).Elsewhere (S.i.239),however,it is said that once Sakka asked Vepacitti to teach him Sambara’s magic art (Sambarimāyā).Vepacitti consulted the Asuras and then warned Sakka against learning it because,through his art,Sambara had fallen into purgatory,where he had been suffering for a century.Buddhaghosa,in this context (SA.i.272),calls Sambara an Asurinda,a juggler (māyāvī) who,having practised his māyā,has roasted for the past century in purgatory.

Mrs.Rhys Davis (KS.i.306 n) thinks there was a rank of Sambara resembling that of Sakka,and that each succeeding Sambara learnt the magic art.See also Samvara.
U Hau Sein’s Pāḷi-Myanmar Dictionary ပါဠိျမန္မာ အဘိဓာန္(ဦးဟုတ္စိန္)
sambara:သမၺရ (ပ)
ေခ် (သတၱဝါ)။ သမၺရအသုရာ။

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