[275. Ekañjaliya1]

I gave an open dwelling place
to the Recluse, the Greatest Sage,
dwelling in [the shade of] a fig2
on a [well-]prepared3 mat of leaves. (1) [2600]

Raising my hands pressed together,4
I spread out a mat of flowers
for Tissa, the Best of Bipeds,
Lord of the World, the Neutral One. (2) [2601]

In the ninety-two aeons since
I fashioned that mat of flowers,
I’ve come to know no bad rebirth:
that’s the fruit of [giving] a mat. (3) [2602]

In the fourteenth aeon ago
I was a ruler of people,5
a wheel-turning king with great strength,
known as6 Eka-añjalika.7 (4) [2603]

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (5) [2604]

Thus indeed Venerable Ekañjaliya Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Ekañjaliya Thera is finished.

  1. “One Salute”

  2. udumbara, Sinh. dimbul

  3. or “fixed,” “established”

  4. lit., “Raising up añjali

  5. manujâdhipo, lit., “exerciser of power over those born of Manu.”

  6. lit., “named,” “by name”

  7. only slightly variant form with the same meaning as the this-life name, “One Salute”