Thig 6:6 Mahāpajāpatī Gotamī
Awakened! Hero! Homage to you,
highest of all beings—
you who’ve released me
and many other people
I’ve comprehended all stress,
dried up craving, the cause,
developed the eightfold path,1
and touched cessation.
Before I was mother, son,
Not knowing things as they were,
I wandered on
But now that I’ve seen the Blessed One,
this is my last body-heap.
Birth & wandering-on
are totally ended.
There is now
no further becoming.
I see the disciples gathered,
their persistence aroused,
in strong exertion:
This is the worship of the Buddhas.2
Truly for the benefit of the many
did Māyā3 give birth to Gotama,
thrusting away the mass of pain
of those mired in illness & death.
1. Reading bhavit’aṭṭhaṅgiko maggo with the Thai edition.
2. See DN 16 on the topic of how homage is best shown to the Buddha.
3. Mahāpajāpatī’s sister, the Buddha’s mother.