[135. Rahosaññaka1]

Close to the Himalayan range,
there is a mountain called Vasabha.
My ashram is made very well
[there] at the foot of that mountain. (1) [1902]

For three thousand years that brahmin
uttered [his teachings] at that time.
Drawing the students together,2
he dwelt [there, sitting] to one side. (2) [1903]

The brahmin master of mantras,
while sitting [there] off to one side,
searching the Buddha’s knowledge,3
pleased his heart over knowledge [then]. (3) [1904]

After after pleasing [my] heart there,
I sat4 on a mat made of leaves;
getting into lotus posture,5
I passed away [right] on the spot. (4) [1905]

In the thirty-one aeons since
I obtained that perception [then],
I’ve come to know no bad rebirth:
the fruit of perceiving knowledge. (5) [1906]

In the twenty-seventh aeon
there was a king, Siridhara,6
a wheel-turner with great power,
possessor of the seven gems. (6) [1907]

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (7) [1908]

Thus indeed Venerable Rahosaññaka Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Rahosaññaka Thera is finished.

  1. “Solitary-Place Perceiver”

  2. reading saṃhāritvāna (BJTS) for saṃsāvetvāna (“Having kept well,” PTS)

  3. reading buddhavedaṃ (BJTS) for buddhavesaŋ (“the appearance of the Buddha,” PTS).

  4. reading īdiṃ (BJTS) for nisīdi (“he sat,” PTS)

  5. pallaṅkam ābhujitvāna, lit., “crouching with legs crossed”

  6. “Glory-Bearer”