[375. {378.}1 Sumanatālavaṇṭiya2]

I gave a fan of palmyra,3
covered with jasmine flowers, to
Siddhattha, the Blessed One, [and]
bore it [for] the Greatly Famed One. (1) [3262]

In the ninety-four aeons since
I gave that palmyra fan then,
I’ve come to know no bad rebirth:
that’s the fruit of palmyra fans. (2) [3263]

My being in Buddha’s presence4
was a very good thing for me.
The three knowledges are attained;
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (3) [3264]

My defilements are [now] burnt up;
all [new] existence is destroyed.
Like elephants with broken chains,
I am living without constraint. (4) [3265]

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (5) [3266]

Thus indeed Venerable Sumanatālavaṇṭiya Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Sumanatālavaṇṭiya Thera is finished.

  1. Apadāna numbers provided in {fancy brackets} correspond to the BJTS edition, which contains more individual poems than does the PTS edition dictating the main numbering of this translation.

  2. “Jasmine-Palmyra-Fan-er”

  3. the palmyra (tāla, Sinh. tal) tree or fan palm is Borassus flabelliformis

  4. BJTS reads “Being in Best Buddha’s presence”