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A MOTHER’S GRIEF

A MOTHER’S GRIEF (Part_19)

    Buddha taught many people in many different ways. He taught children by telling stories. He gave detailed explanations of the path to the wise. To others, he taught without speaking any words at all. He always talked with kindness and love. He was good to everyone. He had a gentle way of talking with all his students.
    Many people were attracted to him and become his followers. People visited him with their problems and asked for his advice. Once a woman, Gotami, whose child had just died, visited Buddha. She was sad and wanted her child to come to life. She came to the Buddha holding the corpse of her child in her arms and asked him bring back her child to life.
    Buddha answered her that he would help her if she brought him a small mustard seed, from a house where no one had died. Gotami was overjoyed and quickly went out in search of a mustard seed. But everywhere she went, someone had died in every family. After being disappointed, she returned to the Buddha.
    “ What have you found, Gotami?” he asked.
    “ Where is your mustard seed? And where is your son?”
    She answered, “Buddha, today I have discovered that I am not the only one who has lost a loved one. I see how foolish I was to think I could have my son back. I have accepted his death, and this afternoon I buried him.”
    Buddha said, “Gotami, you have learned that death must come to everyone sooner or later. But if you learn the truth, you can live and die in happiness. Come, I shall teach you. ”And so he taught her, and soon she found more peace and happiness than she had ever known before.

 

The Luminous Life of Buddha ( မဟာလူသား မြတ်ဗုဒ္ဓ ) Edited by SHYAM DUA TINYTOT Publication

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