[267. Javahaŋsaka1]

On CChandabhāgā River’s bank
I was a forester back then.
I saw the Buddha, Siddhattha,
traveling across the sky [there]. (1) [2565]

Raising my hands pressed together,
gazing upon the Sage so Great,
bringing pleasure to [my] own heart
I gave the Leader reverence. (2) [2566]

In the ninety-four aeons since
I revered the Bull Among Men,
I’ve come to know no bad rebirth:
that is the fruit of reverence. (3) [2567]

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (4) [2568]

Thus indeed Venerable Javahaŋsaka Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Javahaŋsaka Thera is finished.

  1. “Speedy Swan-er,” apparently an allusion to the Buddha’s movement across the sky, the witnessing of which serves as this monk’s foundational good deed.