Sayanadāyaka—Jonathan S. Walters


The Legends of the Theras

47. Sayanadāyaka

I gave an excellent bedstead
covered with all of the bedclothes
to Siddhattha, the Blessed One,
Loving-Hearted, the Neutral One.

Then the Blessed One accepted
that appropriate bed-and-chair.
And having risen from that seat
the Victor flew up in the air.

In the ninety-four aeons since
I gave him that bed way back then,
I’ve come to know no bad rebirth;
that is the fruit of a bedstead.

The one called Varuṇa Deva,
possessor of the seven gems,
was a wheel-turner with great strength
in the fifty-first aeon hence.

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
I have done what the Buddha taught!

Thus indeed Venerable Sayanadāyaka Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Sayanadāyaka Thera is finished.