[147. Maggadāyaka1]

The Eyeful One went in the forest
after [he had] crossed a river.
I saw Siddhattha,2 Sambuddha,
Bearing [all] the Excellent Marks. (1) [1972]

Carrying a hoe3 and basket
I [then] made that pathway level,
and having worshipped the Teacher,
I brought [my] own heart [great] pleasure. (2) [1973]

In the ninety-four aeons since
I did that [good] karma back then,
I’ve come to know no bad rebirth:
that’s the fruit of giving a road. (3) [1974]

In the fifty-seventh aeon,
there was one person at the top;
he was a lord, ruler of men,
[who] was known as Suppabuddha.4 (4) [1975]

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (5) [1976]

Thus indeed Venerable Maggadāyaka Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Maggadāyaka Thera is finished.

  1. “Road-Donor”

  2. PTS has mistakenly made the “t”’s in the name retroflex; I follow BJTS in providing the correct spelling.

  3. kuddāla is the particularly South Asian version of the hoe, Sinhala udälla.

  4. “Well-Awakened”