Sālakusumiya Chapter, the Forty-Seventh

[458. {461.}1 Sālakusumiya2]

When the Blessed One passed away —
the one whose name was “Best Lotus” —
when the funeral pyre was raised,
I offered3 a sal-flower4 there. (1) [4864]

In the hundred thousand aeons
since I presented that flower,
I’ve come to know no bad rebirth:
that’s the fruit of worshipping5 pyres. (2) [4865]

My defilements are [now] burnt up;
all [new] existence is destroyed.
Knowing well all the defilements,
I am living without constraint. (3) [4866]

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) [4867]

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (5) [4868]

Thus indeed Venerable Sālakusumiya Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Sālakusumiya 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. Sal-Flower-er”

  3. lit., “did pūjā

  4. shorea robusta

  5. lit., “dong pūjā