Tomorrow is ‘International Women’s Day’ and best wishes to all you lovely ladies out there in advance . Being a woman, life ride is not all smooth and easy at various stages of our lives. But kudos to our take on different situations we have been on and lets celebrate it with pride and a big smile in our eyes.
Speaking of wishes, reminds me of the whatsapp messages wishing me for being a woman. One of the forwards was about Gautham Buddha’s ‘Wife’ and is below given .
When I heard the story of Gautam Buddha, my question was always about his wife and son that he left behind…this write-up by Vikram Bhattacharya touches that part of the story
He left her in the middle of the night.
When she heard the news she was devastated. Yet, she did not complain but her life lost all meaning. The only reason for her to live now was her son. She wanted him to grow up to be a man that the world would look up to.
Her friends and relatives came around and asked her to forget about the man who had left her and start life again. They asked her to marry again but she refused. She was young and beautiful and suitors queued up outside her door, but she refused each one of them.
As the years went by she turned into a shell of her former self. She ate only one meal a day, did not care about how she looked, hardly slept the long nights and focused only on her son.
Then one fine day he came back!
He stood in front of her and she could hardly remember him as the man who had left her. “They call you the Buddha now?” she asked him gently. “I hear they do,” he answered in a calm fashion. “What does it mean?” she further inquired. “I think it means the enlightened one, a knower,” he informed.
She smiled and then a silence.
“I suppose we have both learned something. Your lessons will make the world richer in spirit, but my lesson will unfortunately, remain largely unknown,” she reflected deeply.
“And what lesson is that?” he probed.
Her eyes sparkled with unshed tears,
“That a woman alone does not need anyone to complete her. She is complete on her own.”…
Dedicated to all women on this International Women’s day.
On reading this message, it hit me hard how difficult it would have been for Yashodhara to live by herself independently without a man in her life in those days. A period when woman’s identity was driven by the man in her life.
It also made me wonder what if she was in today’s times? Don’t we have many Yashodharas who are living by themselves taking care of work, family, kids, chores, finances and not to forget themselves too. With so much responsibilities on hand, today’s Yashodhara, if her husband abandoned her overnight , would say ‘ Well I am happy that I have one less thing to worry about ! ‘ :).
With this, I once again wish all you lovely, bold, independent courageous women out there ‘ A Very Happy Women’s Day !’ Lets continue to rock the world! Good or bad, let us face it all with grace, kindness and love 🙂