[233. Sālapupphiya1]

In Aruṇavatī city
I was a cake-maker2 back then.
I saw Sikhi [Buddha], Victor,
traveling3 through a gate4 of mine. (1) [2432]

Having taken the Buddha’s bowl
with a mind which was very clear,
I gave a sal flower [to him],
Buddha, Highest-Point-Attainer. (2) [2433]

In the thirty-one aeons since
I donated sweet-meats5 to him,
I’ve come to know no bad rebirth:
that’s the fruit of a sal flower. (3) [2434]

In the fourteenth aeon ago
I was [named] Amitañjala,6
a wheel-turning king with great strength,
possessor of the seven gems. (4) [2435]

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (5) [2436]

Thus indeed Venerable Sālapupphiya Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Sālapupphiya Thera is finished.

  1. Sal-Flower-er” Sal, Pāli sāla, is shorea robusta

  2. taking pūvika from pūva, cake (Sinh. kawum, oil cakes made of sugar and rice flour)

  3. lit., “going”

  4. or “door,” dvārena

  5. khajja, edible solid food, sweets. This is what one would expect the donation from a cake-maker to be, even though the previous verse — and his name — emphasize sal flowers.

  6. “Unlimited Salutation,” taking °añjala from añjalī, pressing the hands together in reverence.