[283. Paccchchuggamaniya1]

With a mind that was very clear,
I went out and gave greetings to
Siddhattha [Buddha], World’s Torch,2
the Physician for Every World,3
the Bull of Men, who had arrived
like a lion in the forest,4
like a bull of the finest breed,
splendid like an arjuna tree.5 (1-2) [2633-2634]

In the ninety-four aeons since
I went to meet the Bull of Men,
I’ve come to know no bad rebirth:
that’s the fruit of going to meet. (3) [2635]

In the twenty-seventh aeon
hence there was one ruler of men,
a wheel-turning king with great strength,
who was named Suparivāra.6 (4) [2636]

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (5) [2637]

Thus indeed Venerable Paccchchuggamaniya Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Paccchchuggamaniya Thera is finished.

  1. “Go and Meet-er”

  2. lokapajjotaŋ; I sometimes take this as a non-epithet, “lighting up the world”

  3. sabbalokatikicchchakaŋ

  4. lit., “like a lion which wanders about in the forest”

  5. kakudha (a.k.a. ajjuṇa, Sinhala kumbuk gasa, kubuk, Terminalia arjuna) is an impressively large, shade-giving tree that thrives on the edges of tanks and lakes.

  6. “Good Retinue”