I was a bark-clothed [ascetic],
wearing deer-leather outer robes.
[I] had five special knowledges;2
a person who could stroke the moon. (1) 
Seeing Vipassi, the World’s Torch,3
come to [the same place] as me,
I bore the floral canopy
[over the head] of the Teacher. (2) 
In the ninety-one aeons since
I bore that floral [canopy],
I’ve come to know no bad rebirth:
that’s the fruit of bearing [flowers]. (3) 
In the eighty-seventh aeon
hence, there was one lord of the earth
by name Samantadharaṇa,4
a wheel-turning king with great strength. (4) 
The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (5) 
Thus indeed Venerable Pupphadhāraka Thera spoke these verses.
The legend of Pupphadhāraka Thera is finished.
lit., “five special knowledges had been produced.” One was still lacking, presumably the sixth and distinctively Buddhist knowledge described as certainty of one's own nirvana; the other five can be attained by non-Buddhist (in this case, brahmin) adepts.↩
“Holding up all Sides”↩