Welcome to the conclusion of this Examiner’s story of the effects of the Buddha’s Enlightenment and its effects on his wife, Yasodhara. Six years after he had disappeared from his Palace in Kapilvastu, Prince Siddharta had achieved Enlightenment, and was now called “Buddha”. The Bodhisattva had gone forth, become Enlightened, and gained many disciples and followers, but he had not yet gone back to visit the Kingdom of his birth. It happened, that the Buddha was teaching his famous Sermon at Rajagaha, not far from his native Kingdom. His father, King Suddhodana, sent out nine parties of emmissaries, one by one, to invite his son to visit. However, all the messengers, having listened to the Buddha’s teachings, forgot to convey the king’s message, and became Arahants. Finally, the King sent a group of Court Ministers, led by Kaludayl, Buddha’s childhood friend. Kaludayl and his entourage also became monks, however, they did deliver the message to the Buddha, who agreed to come..
The people of Kapilvastu came by the thousands to see their Prince. The Buddha’s family came, too, but they scoffed, and asked if this was not their relative, Prince Siddharta, son of King Suddhodana and Queen Maha Maya. The Buddha understood that they did not comprehend Enlightenment, so he performed a miracle called the Yamaka-patihariya (Twin Miracle). Fire and water proceeded alternatively from the right and left sides of his body. All those who witnessed this, even the King, bowed down before the Tathagata.
The following day, the Buddha went from door to door with his bowl, begging for food, which annoyed his father, who questioned him as to why he would not simply eat in the Palace, The Buddha answered, that this was his custom, and had been for all previous Buddhas, that is, to live that way..Then the King begged the Buddha to take food in the palace, and the Buddha kindly did so.and took his evening meal there. All who had known him as Prince Siddhartha, except his wife, Princess Yasodhara, came to see him. She remained in her chambers..
“My husband is now the Lord Buddha, belonging to the line of Buddhas,” she thought to herself, “It would not be correct for me to go to him. He no longer needs me. I think it is better to wait and see.” After a while the Buddha asked after her. They told him where she was.The King told him. The Buddha gave his bowl to his father, asking him not to tell Yasodhara that he was visiting her. The King, along with the entire dinner party, followed the Buddha as he entered his wife’s chambers, thus, unannounced. She rushed to him, fell to the floor, held his ankles, placed her head at his feet and cried, literally washing his feet with her tears No one, not even the Buddha, said a word until she had stopped crying. Suddhodana spoke.
“Lord Buddha,” began the King, “When my your wife, my daughter-in-law Yasodhara, heard that you were wearing yellow robes, she did likewise. When she heard you were eating one meal a day, she did the same. When she heard that you had given up lofty couches, she lay on a low couch and when she heard that you had given up garland and scents, she, too, gave them up. So virtuous is my daughter-in-law.” The Buddha then revealed that he and Yasodhara were soulmates, and had been lovers in many previous lifetimes. Yasodhara became an Arahant, and one of the first few Bhikkhunis (nuns). She followed him, and stayed with him, but, of, course, not as his wife, per se.
Why is this important to the New Age Movement? After mourning her husband’s departure, and coming to accept his loss, Yasodhara forgave him. Forgiveness is especially important to Metaphysics. She was also grateful that he was still alive, and would accept her as an Arahant. One can’t help but notice Gratitude as being important in this story. Acceptance was emphasized in this Examiner’s last article.The three of these together open the Pathway to Spirit. Finally, there is a lesson herein about self-empowerment, not just for women, but for all of us. Self-empowerment is the Gateway between the lower self and the Higher Self. Surrender to the Higher Self by the lower self is but the Beggining of the Awakening to Nirvana.
Learn about Coping with Death and Dying in the Fort Lauderdale area:
Buddhism Is taught locally at:
Tubten Kunga Center in Deerfield Beach
Drolma Buddhist Center in Fort Lauderdale
Soka Gakkai international-U.S.A. in Weston