[138. Ekapasādaniya1]

[Although] my name was “Nārada,”
I was known [then] as “Kesava,”2
seeking after both good and bad,3
I came into Buddha’s presence. (1) [1923]

Loving-Hearted, Compassionate,
Atthadassi, the Sage so Great,
consoling [all the world’s] beings,
the Eyeful One preached [his] Dhamma. (2) [1924]

Having brought [my] own heart pleasure,
pressing both my hands on my head,
after [I’d] worshipped the Teacher,
I departed facing the east. (3) [1925]

In the seventeen-hundredth aeon
I was king, ruler of the earth,
known as Amittavāsana,4
a wheel-turner with great power. (4) [1926]

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (5) [1927]

Thus indeed Venerable Ekapasādaniya Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Ekapasādaniya Thera is finished.

  1. “One-Pleasing”. This is the BJTS reading. PTS reads the name as Ekadaŋsaniya; cty reads Ekapadāsaniya. The chapter summary below leads one to expect here an Ekadussī-apadāna, witnessed in none of the mss. which nevertheless maintain the chapter summary. There is a parallel case in the chapter summary for Chapter 33, below, which calls for an Ekadussika-apadāna absent in PTS; there, BJTS supplies one (as #{334}, Ekadussadāyaka-apadāna, see below)

  2. “Maned-One” “Lion”

  3. lit., “seeking after wholesome and unwholesome”

  4. “Dwelling Without Friends” (or “Not Living Off Friends”?)