Chapter 8

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Class 10
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4. Why do you think Kisa Gotami understood this only the second time? In what way did the Buddha change her understanding?

Question:

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Why do you think Kisa Gotami understood this only the second time? In what way did the Buddha change her understanding?

Answer:

Kisa Gotami was too overwhelmed with sorrow and pain that her ability to think clearly got clouded. She couldn’t realise that no one can escape the cycle of death. When Kisa Gotami failed to find mustard seeds that could fulfill Lord Buddha’s condition of having seen no deaths in the family, she became disheartened. After deep reflection, she made peace with the terms of the world. Lord Buddha played a major role in facilitating the shift in her understanding by teaching her a lesson that one must not grieve for what is bound to happen for it will only deepen the pain and suffering.

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