Buddha's Wife Kindle Edition
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What this book did was remind me that the Buddha was a man. Yes he paved the path, but he also said we would have to walk it in our own way. It reminded me that all of us are just human and we all deserve peace. This work of fiction helped me more than even I know and I am once again sure I'm on the right path.
I give thanks to the author, and when my time comes I hope my passing is filled with as much love as Yasodhara's was. May we all seek to change the world for the better however we can.
by Elena Longsworth, Nurse and Psychotherapist
Most people know about the Buddha, his travels, teachings and so on. But the author offers us a rare glimpse of Yasodhara, the woman he left behind. When Yasodhara was a mere 16 years old, Buddha left her in the middle of the night to care for their two-day-old son, Rahula, while he went off to find himself. Selfish? Yes. Was Yasodhara bitter? Of course.
One day while seeing Buddha amidst his many rapt followers, she lost it:
"He discarded us like a sack of rocks. For what? ...Adoration for a coward - a man who talks about peace, but leaves his family in torment?"
Yasodhara was left to find her own peace and in her own way, she did. Though the wealthy wife of Siddhartha (Buddha), whose father was King Suddhodana, she chose to live a pious and underprivileged life- becoming a saint in her own right.
Gabriel Constans writes with great sensitivity about the pain and suffering of this woman both during her life and as she lays on her deathbed looking back over her earthly existence. But it's not all misery, as the author lightens the reader's load with a little female humor graciously sprinkled throughout.
This really is a book that captivates (I read it in two days because I couldn't put it down!) and fascinates.
Yasadhara narrates her story, a story of royal lineage, and poverty, of the happiness of her early marriage to Siddharta (Buddha), the birth of her son Rahula, and of the "drowning in sorrow" after her husband betrayed and deserted them to pursue a life of "enlightenment."
Constans writes with amazing insight into the emotions of the heart: the fear and pain of love rejected, the price and sacrifice of following one's own heart, and the poison of hatred locked within...festering, of love turned to revulsion, and the freedom of forgiveness.
Each of the characters have an important role in underscoring the nature of genuine religion as evidenced by God - like attributes and character, including: compassion, honor, honesty, love, respect, and forgiveness.
"Buddha's Wife" is written with sensitivity, contains powerfully poetic prose, is inspirational, and dramatically moving.
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