Kisa Gotami and The Mustard Seeds
By n22, Updated
RE story - Buddhism
During Buddha's time, there lived a woman called Kisa Gotami, who loved her baby son very deeply. He had become very sick and had died, refused to accept that he was dead.
She went around asking for medicine, everyone else knew the baby was dead, could not do anything, advised her to start preparing for his funeral, which she refused to do. A village elder took pity on her, so he told her to go to the Buddha,
The Buddha told her to bring some mustard seeds, however, the seeds could only be taken from a house where no husband, child, parent or friend has died.
She agreed and went to a house and got some mustard seeds, however when she asked if any family member had died there, the answer was always yes for every house she visited
Buddha had intended to let Kisa find out that she had to accept her baby’s death since there was no point in just telling her to do it
Kisa then understood how death affects everyone, regardless of their age or their status, and how she should also accept this cycle of life, death and rebirth. She then came back and became a disciple and follower of Buddha
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