[83. Nipannañjalika1]

Seated at the foot of a tree
I became extremely diseased.
In the forest grove I attained
an extremely pitiful state. (1) [1512]

Having taken pity on me,
the Teacher, Tissa, approached [me].
As I lay [there dying I then]
pressed both my hands over my head. (2) [1513]

With a pleased heart [and] happy mind,
having worshipped2 the Sambuddha,
the Ultimate Among Beings,
I passed away [right] on the spot. (3) [1514]

In the ninety-two aeons since
I worshipped3 [him], the Best Person,
I’ve come to know no bad rebirth:
that is the fruit of worshipping. (4) [1515]

In the fifth aeon after that
there were five [named] Mahāsikha,4
wheel-turning kings with great power
possessors of the seven gems. (5) [1516]

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (6) [1517]

Thus indeed Venerable Nipannañjalika Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Nipannañjalika Thera is finished.

  1. PTS reads Pannañjalika but I follow PTS alt, BJTS and cty in reading the same as Nipannañjalika, “Lying-Down-Hands-Presser”

  2. abhivāetvā

  3. vandiŋ

  4. “Great Flame”