Yaung Daw Pyan Phaya Pwe
“ The Sermon of the Chronicle to be ”
Perfect Buddha, Conqueror:
'The Hero that shall follow you,
The Buddha-of what sort will he be?
I want to hear of him in full.
Let the Visioned One describe him.'
When he had heard the Elder's speech
The Lord spoke thus:
'I will tell you, Sariputta,
Listen to my speech.
In this auspicious aeon
Three leaders have there been:
And the leader Kassapa too.
'I am now the perfect Buddha,
And there will be Metteyya [i.e., Maitreya] too
Before this same auspicious aeon
Runs to the end of its years.
'The perfect Buddha, Metteyya
By name, supreme of men.'
(Then follows a history of the previous existence of Metteyya . . . and then the description of the gradual decline of the religion:)
'How will it occur?
After my decease there will first be five disappearances.
The disappearance of attainment (in the Dispensation), The disappearance of proper conduct, The disappearance of learning, The disappearance of the outward form, The disappearance of the relics.
There will be these five disappearances.
'Here attainment means that for a thousand years only after the lord's complete Nirvana will monks be able to practice analytical insights.
The disappearance of attainment (in the Dispensation)
As time goes on and on these disciples of mine are nonreturners and once-returners and stream-winners. There will be no disappearance of attainment for these. But with the extinction of the last stream-winner's life, attainment will have disappeared.
'This, Sariputta, is the disappearance of attainment.
The disappearance of proper conduct
'This, Sariputta, is the disappearance of proper conduct.
The disappearance of learning
'This, Sariputta, is the disappearance of learning.
The disappearance of the outward form
'As time goes on and on each of the last monks, carrying his robe, bowl, and tooth-pick like Jain recluses, having taken a bottle-gourd and turned it into a bowl for alms food, will wander about with it in his forearms or hands or hanging from a piece of string. As time goes on and on, thinking: 'What's the good of this yellow robe?" and cutting off a small piece of one and sticking it on his nose or ear or ill his hair, he will wander about supporting wife and children by agriculture, trade and the like. Then he will give a gift to the Southern community for those (of bad moral habit). I say that he will then acquire an incalculable fruit of the gift. As time goes on and on, thinking: "What's the good of this to us?", having thrown away the piece Of yellow robe, he will harry beasts and birds in the forest. At this time the outward form will have disappeared.
'This, Sariputta, is called the disappearance of the outward form.
The disappearance of the relics.
'Then when the Dispensation of the Perfect Buddha is 5,000 years old, the relics, not receiving reverence and honour, will go to places where they can receive them. As time goes on and on there will not be reverence and honour for them in every place.
At the time when the Dispensation is falling into (oblivion), all the relics, coming from every place: from the abode of serpents and the deva-world and the Brahma-world, having gathered together in the space round the great Bo-tree, having made a Buddha-image, and having performed a "miracle" like the Twin-miracle, will teach Dhamma.
(In Myanmar they called this event as – Yaung Daw Pyan Phaya Pwe”)
No human being will be found at that place. All the devas of the ten-thousand world system, gathered together, will hear Dhamma and many thousands of them will attain to Dhamma. And these will cry aloud, saying: "Behold, devatas, a week from today our One of the Ten Powers will attain complete Nirvana." They will weep, saying: "Henceforth there will be darkness for us." Then the relics, producing the condition of heat, will burn up that image leaving no remainder.
'This, Sariputta, is called the disappearance of the relics.'