[144. Saparivāriya1]

The Victor, Padumuttara,
the World’s Best One, the Bull of Men,
like a blazing column of fire,
the Sambuddha [then] passed away.2 (1) [1955]

When the Great Hero passed away,3
a stupa was piled up4 [there then].
Day and night5 they attended on
the ultimate best relic-womb. (2) [1956]

With a pleased heart [and] happy mind
I made a sandalwood railing,
and giving mounds of incense [too,]
the stupa was then suitable. (3) [1957]

Transmigrating in existence,
[whether] it’s human or divine,
I saw no inferior state:
that’s the fruit of former karma. (4) [1958]

In the fifteen-hundredth aeon
ago, there were eight people.
All of them were named Samatta,6
wheel-turning kings with great power. (5) [1959]

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (6) [1960]

Thus indeed Venerable Saparivāriya Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Saparivāriya Thera is finished.

  1. “With the Retinue-er”.

  2. lit., “reached nirvana”

  3. lit., “reached nirvana”

  4. lit., “spread out,” “expanded”.

  5. reading ahorattaṃ (BJTS) for thūpam rattaŋ (“the stupa by night,” PTS).

  6. I follow BJTS and PTS alt in reading the name thus, which means “Accomplished” or “Entire”. PTS reads Pamatta (“Negligent”).