Once there was a young woman by the name of Kisa Gautami.

Her only son, an infant, died suddenly.

In deep sorrow, weeping profusely, she went to Buddha and said, “My only child is dead. Take pity on me and bring him back to life.”

Buddha replied, “Daughter, I will do so if you bring me a handful of mustard seeds. But they must come from a household where no one has died.”

Kisa Gautami agreed readily.

She went from house to house but could not find a single one where someone had not died.

Everyone was ready to give her a handful of mustard seeds, but when she posed the condition, they were taken aback.

The burden of what they said was, “What is this you are saying, young lady? The dead are many, the living few!”

At last Kisa Gautami understood why Buddha had sent her on such a mission.

Her sorrow was lightened.

She went back and told him what everyone had said to her.

“My daughter,” he consoled her.

“Nothing is permanent in this world. Everything is in a flux, everything is subject to change, decay, and death. And change, decay and death cause sorrow and suffering.”

The only way to avoid them is to take to the process of Krishna consciousness and chant the holy name of Krishna.


Author: RAJAN

RAJAN from Tamil Nadu, India, a Life Patron and an Initiated Devotee being in ISKCON for nearly three decades, serves anonymously to avoid Prominence and crowd as an insignificant, Humble and Neutral Servant for all the devotees of Krishna! He promotes Social media forums and this blog-website as e-satsangha (e-forums) blessed with Lakhs of followers, to give Spiritual Solutions for all the Material Problems of the devotees since 2011! He writes friendly and practical tips to practice devotion (i) without hurting the followers of other paths, (ii) without affecting the personal and career life, and (iii) without the blind, superstitious and ritualistic approach! He dedicates all the glories and credits to his Guru and Krishna.

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