322. Pulinapūjaka1]

Splendid like an arjuna [tree],
like a bull of the finest breed,
shining forth like the morning star,2
the Bull of Men lit up [the world]. (1) [2831]

Pressing both my hands together,
I worshipped [Buddha], the Teacher.
[Then] I eulogized the Teacher,
delighted by my own karma. (2) [2832]

Gathering3 [some] very clean sand,
I spread [it] on the path he took,
having carried4 [it] in5 my lap
for Vipassi Buddha, Great Sage. (3) [2833]

With a mind that was very clear,
during the time for siesta,
I sprinkled one half of that sand
for the Biped Lord, Neutral One. (4) [2834]

In the ninety-one aeons since
I sprinkled that sand [at that time],
I’ve come to know no bad rebirth:
that is the fruit of [giving] sand. (5) [2835]

The four analytical modes,
and these eight deliverances,
six special knowledges mastered,
[I have] done what the Buddha taught! (6) [2836]

Thus indeed Venerable Pulinapūjaka Thera spoke these verses.

The legend of Pulinapūjaka Thera is finished.

  1. “Sand-Giver,” cf. #27 (where the name is spelled Puḷina°)

  2. osadhī. RD (s.v.) points out that all we really know about this star is that it was particularly bright, leading Childers to translate it as “Venus” and others as the morning star.

  3. gayha

  4. gahetvāna

  5. lit., “with” “through” “by means of”