​When I heard the story of Gautam Buddha, my question was always about his wife and son that he left behind..


He left her in the middle of the night, the night their son was

born. When she heard the news

she was devastated.
Yet, she did not complain but her

life lost all meaning. The only

reason for her to live now was

her son. She wanted him to grow

up to be a man that the world

would look up to.
Her friends and relatives came

around and asked her to forget

about the man who had left her

and start life again.
They asked her to marry again

but she refused. She was young

& beautiful & suitors queued up

outside her door, but she refused each one of them.
Then one fine day he came back !
He stood in front of her and she could hardly remember him as the man who had left her. “They call you the Buddha now?” she asked him gently.
“I hear they do,” he answered in

a calm fashion.
“What does it mean?” she further inquired.
“I think it means the enlightened one, a knower,” he informed.
She smiled and then a silence.

“I suppose we have both learned something. Your lessons O Buddha, will make the world richer in spirit, but my lesson will unfortunately remain largely unknown.”

she reflected deeply….
“ And what lesson is that ? ”

The Buddha probed.
Her eyes sparkled with unshed tears, “That a courageous woman does not need anyone to complete her…..

Saluting womanhood for the Yashodhara spirit. !!! 🙏

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