Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

March 7, 2011

Mustard


CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

MUSTARD

     We are all familiar with the parable of the mighty mustard seed. The Chinese have a parable too.

     A young mother, inconsolable over the death of her child, visited a holy man and begged him to restore the infant to life. He would do so, he answered, if she brought him a handful of mustard seeds from a dwelling where no one had died. She agreed to do so, and went on her way.

     The woman stopped at one house after another, asking each time if there had been any deaths within.

     “Of a certainty,” was the invariable reply. “For the living are few and the dead are many.”

     Finally, after much wandering, the mother perceived the futility of her quest and the selfishness of her grief. She saw that others had sorrowed over the deaths of loved ones, and she realized that no matter how great the anguish, the dead cannot be restored to the living.

     The woman returned to the holy man and knelt at his feet.

     “I did not find the mustard seeds,” she told him, “but I have found your meaning.”

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ADDITIONAL READING:

March days to celebrate

Ghosts Unseen

Easter and Spring are Happening

Discovering Hardy Lavender

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