[295. Gosīsanikkhepa1]

I laid down golden sandalwood2
for exiting the ashram door.
I now enjoy my own karma:
that is the fruit of past karma. (1) [2691]

Thoroughbreds, those fast like the wind,
horses from Sindh, fast vehicles:
I am enjoying all of that:
that is the fruit of sandalwood. (2) [2692]

O! my deed,3 an ultimate deed,
done well in a fine arena.
None but deeds done for the monks4
has the slightest bit of value (3) [2693]

In the ninety-four aeons since
I laid down that sandalwood [there],
I’ve come to know no bad rebirth:
that’s the fruit of laying down [wood]. (4) [2694]

In the seventy-fifth aeon
hence was a greatly powerful
wheel-turner who had mighty strength,
whose name was Suppatiṭṭhita.5 (5) [2695]

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (6) [2696]

Thus indeed Venerable Gosīsanikkhepa Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Gosīsanikkhepa Thera is finished.

  1. “Laid Down Golden Sandalwood”

  2. lit., “golden [colored] sandalwood was spread out by me”

  3. kāraŋ

  4. sangha

  5. “Well-Established”