Avaṇṭaphala Chapter, the Thirty-Ninth

[378. {381.}1 Avaṇṭaphaladāyaka2]

The Blessed One, Hundred-Rayed One,3
the Self-Become, Unconquered One,
Seclusion-Lover,4 Sambuddha,
went forth in order to seek food. (1) [3278]

[Holding] fruit in [my] hand, I saw
the Bull of Men who had approached.
Happy, with pleasure in [my] heart,
I gave [him] fruit with stems removed. (2) [3279]

In the ninety-four aeons since
I gave [him] that fruit [at that time],
I’ve come to know no bad rebirth:
that is the fruit of giving fruit. (3) [3280]

Being in Best Buddha’s presence
was a very good thing for me.
The three knowledges are attained;
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (4) [3281]

My defilements are [now] burnt up;
all [new] existence is destroyed.
Like elephants with broken chains,
I am living without constraint. (5) [3282]

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (6) [3283]

Thus indeed Venerable Avaṇṭaphaladāyaka Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Avaṇṭaphaladāyaka 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. “Stemless Fruit Donor.” This same apadāna, with only slight changes, is repeated as #463 {466} and #501 {504} below, under the same title, and with a different title as #506 {509}

  3. sataraŋsi, i.e., “the Sun”

  4. viveka-kāma