Scene II

(Gautami is going from door to door.)

GAUTAMI: O Mother, please give me some mustard seeds. My only child has died and the Buddha has told me that if I bring him some mustard seeds he will bring life back to my child.

LADY: Don't worry. I will bring them to you.

GAUTAMI: O venerable lady, please wait. First tell me, has anybody died in your family?

LADY: When?

GAUTAMI: Any time.

LADY: Just last year I lost my husband.

(She begins to weep.)

GAUTAMI: Then I cannot take your mustard seeds.

(Gautami sheds bitter tears and goes to another house. A man opens the door.)

GAUTAMI: My Lord, please give me a few mustard seeds. I need them badly.

MAN: Certainly, I will give you mustard seeds. I shall get them for you.

GAUTAMI: First, please tell me, has anybody died in your family?

MAN: Ah, just last week I lost my wife, my dearest on earth.

GAUTAMI: Ah, then I cannot take the mustard seeds from you.

(Gautami again sheds bitter tears and goes to another house. A young girl opens the door.)

GAUTAMI: My child, you are so beautiful. Please bring me a few mustard seeds. Please go and ask your mother to give me some mustard seeds.

LITTLE GIRL: I know where my mother keeps mustard seeds. I will bring them for you.

GAUTAMI: Please tell me what your father does?

LITTLE GIRL: My father? (Starts crying.) My father is in Heaven. Just two months ago my father died all of a sudden.

GAUTAMI: My child, I cannot take your mustard seeds.

(Weeping, Gautami goes to another door.)

Sri Chinmoy, Siddhartha becomes the Buddha.First published by Agni Press in 1973.

This is the 28th book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.

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