The Buddha Needs A Few Mustard Seeds (act I, Scene I)

(The Buddha is in deep meditation with his eyes wide open. Enter Krisha Gautami, carrying her dead child. She places the child at the feet of the Buddha.)

GAUTAMI: O Sage, O Master, O Lord, O Light of the World, please, please bring back life to my child. He is my only child.

BUDDHA: Gautami, don’t cry, don’t weep. Just do as I say.

GAUTAMI: O Master, I shall do anything that you want, immediately. Only bring back my child’s life.

BUDDHA: Gautami, I wish you to bring me a few mustard seeds. But they must come from a family that has not been visited by death. Remember, you must bring me the mustard seeds only from a house that has not been visited by death.

GAUTAMI: O Master, that is so easy. I shall go and bring mustard seeds for you. Then will you be able to cure my son?

BUDDHA: Yes, Gautami, I shall be able to do it if you can bring me mustard seeds from a house where there has not been any death.

- Sri Chinmoy

Excerpt from: Siddhartha Becomes The Buddha by Sri Chinmoy, Copyright (c) 1973 by Sri Chinmoy – All rights reserved

The Buddha Needs A Few Mustard Seeds (act I, Scene Ii)