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#(Buddha) 02 Gautama Buddha's Parents

Rating: 3.7

Gautama Buddha was born,
In the year 560 BC, as a son
To King Suddhodana, his father,
And Queen Maya, his mother.

He was born at Lumbini,
Near Nepal’s Kapilavastu City,
Lying at the Palpa Foothills,
A part of Himalayan ranges.

In Queen Maya’s dream,
A white elephant came
And entered her womb,
As a sign of divine scheme.

As a further sign of greatness,
There were several birth marks
In the body of the child,
When he came to this world.

To his utter misfortune,
Mother Maya, the queen,
Died after seven days,
Leaving him motherless.

Mahaprajapati, Maya’s sister,
Who, as his foster mother,
Brought him up thereafter.
He grew up under her care.

Siddhartha was his name,
Later, Buddha he became.
The best of royal attention,
Every moment he was given.

When Sage Asita from Himalayas,
Saw Siddhartha, the young prince.
A kind of mixed feelings he had.
Tears of joy and sorrow he shed

He told, “Oh King, listen,
At last, a great savior is born.
To protect sufferers, he’s here.
But I’m having my own fear.”

“If as a king, when he rules,
He’ll do with truth and justice,
But his chances are more
To become a Sage in future.”

“In any case, surely he’ll lead,
In the right path, this world,
But I’m too old to be there
To see his glorious future.”

Chitra - 30 August 2009

your easy flowing verses make learning of history so very interesting!

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Krishnarasa Seshadri 30 August 2009

This is more interesting than reading Jataka for life of Siddhartha Gautama...

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Prince Obed de la Cruz 29 August 2009

oh i see. thanks for the additional info!

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Kranthi Pothineni 28 August 2009

I was expecting something about Buddha's parents in this piece.Which you explained in the initial verses but unfortunately not carried until the end. Apart from that everything is fine.

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Ency Bearis 28 August 2009

great continuum of a legendary feature... remarkable story....a great one...

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K. V. Venkataramana 05 October 2009

Wonderful and inspiring poetry! When your poems are published in book form, they will sell like hot cakes all over the world.

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Dr. Sonal Chhaya 10 September 2009

Very nice. Full of information.... will love to read each episode

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Seema Chowdhury 09 September 2009

very nice series of poems. i would like to read them all one by one.

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Shekhar Joshi 01 September 2009

i liked your knowledge of historical facts...........

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Luwi Habte 31 August 2009

nice poem, so cool as a poem Love Luwi

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