[74. Bhisāluvadāyaka1]

Plunging into a forest grove,
I was living in the jungle.
I saw the Buddha, Vipassi,
Sacrificial Recipient. (1) [1435]

I gave him edible roots,2 and
water so he could wash [his] hand.
Worshipping [his] feet with my head,
I departed facing the north. (2) [1436]

In the ninety-one aeons since
I gave [him those] edible roots,
I’ve come to know no bad rebirth:
that is the fruit of good karma. (3) [1437]

In the third aeon [after that]
there was a strong wheel-turning king,
Kṣatriyan Bhisasammata,3
possessor of the seven gems. (4) [1438]

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (5) [1439]

Thus indeed Venerable Bhisāluvadāyaka Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Bhisāluvadāyaka Thera is finished.

The Sixth Recitation Portion.

  1. “Lotus-Root-and-āluva-Root-Donor”. RD equates āluva with ālupa or āluka, “edible root of Amorphophallus CChampanulatus;” Cone defines āluva as “an edible root”

  2. lit., “lotus-root and āluva-[root]”

  3. “Approved of Lotus-Root”