[218. Akkantasaññaka1]

In the past I, having taken
a crude cloak to [my] preceptor,
I am studying a mantra
to split arrows with an arrow. (1) [2355]

I saw the Buddha, Stainless One,
Sacrificial Recipient,
the Chief, Superb, Bull among Men,
Tissa Buddha, Best Elephant. (2) [2356]

That crude cloak was spread out [by me]
for the Best Man, who was walking,2
the Lofty One, the Great Hero,
the World’s Best, the Bull of Men. (3) [2357]

Having seen that Lamp of the World,
who was Flawless, the Moon-like One,
I [then] worshipped the Teacher’s feet,
with a mind [which was] very clear. (4) [2358]

In the ninety-four aeons since
I gave that crude cloak [to Buddha],
I’ve come to know no bad rebirth:
the fruit of [giving] a crude cloak. (5) [2359]

In the thirty-seventh aeon
hence there was one lord of people,
known by the name of Sunanda,3
a wheel-turning king with great strength. (6) [2360]

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (7) [2361]

Thus indeed Venerable Akkantasaññaka Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Akkantasaññaka Thera is finished.

  1. “Perceiver of Walking”

  2. BJTS appropriately explains that he was doing walking meditation

  3. “Good Joy”