[252. Ekāsanadāyaka1]

Sloughing off2 my godly color,3
I came to this place with my wife,
desiring to do service to
the Best Buddha’s dispensation.4 (1) [2503]

Padumuttara’s follower
was known by the name Devala.5
With a mind that was very clear,
I provided alms-food to him. (2) [2504]

In the hundred thousand aeons
since I did that [good] karma then,
I’ve come to know no bad rebirth:
that’s the fruit of giving begged alms.6 (3) [2505]

The four analytical modes
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered:
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (4) [2506]

Thus indeed Venerable Ekāsanadāyaka Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Ekāsanadāyaka Thera is finished.

  1. “One-Seat-Donor”

  2. or “abandoning,” “giving up”

  3. devavaṇṇaŋ. Or “royal caste”?

  4. Buddhaseṭṭhassa sāsane

  5. cf. above, #55, v. 2 [1291]

  6. piṇḍapāta