By Indunil Madhusankha

 

(Previously published in the PoetryExpressed Magazine)

Having granted the Aniyata Vivarana by the Dīpankara Buddha,

the Bodhisattva had her by his side in all his innumerable births,

aiding him quite enormously as he fulfilled the Pāramitā

Born as a Kinnari in the silvery Mountain of the Moon,

she wailed unceasingly with a splintered heart

So phenomenal was her plea,

that the dead Kinnarā, the Bodhisattva regained the lost breath

She bore inimitable virtues, so vast to the extent

that she eased his tireless journey toward emancipation

She was the wife of the Shākya prince, Siddhārtha

who later attained enlightenment,

illustrious as the Gautama Buddha

suppressing all earthly evils of interminable nature,

and flourishing into the efflorescence of perennial truth

She was so virtuous to become an Arahant

She was thus capable of trouncing the specter of death

She was the Bimbādevi; she was the Rāhulamāthā

She was the proud bearer of unmatched feminine splendor

She was the quintessence of untainted love and altruism

She was the greatest pillar behind the utmost Buddhahood

She was the noblest woman to have treaded the soils of earth

She was, indeed, Yasodharā, the meritorious Yasodharā of Kapilavastu

Glossary

 

Aniyata Vivarana – A statement made by a Buddha that some person is likely to become a Buddha in the future, because the latter possesses the meritorious features of a Buddha, and has been endowed with an innate drive for seeking the truth since his past lives

Arahant – A person who has attained the Great Emancipation (Nirvāna) by conforming to the doctrine of Buddhism

Bimbādevi – An alternative name used to refer to the Princess Yasodharā

Bodhisattva – A person who has developed a spontaneous wish to attain the Buddhahood, and immensely attempts towards this prime goal for the betterment of all living beings

Dīpankara BuddhaOne of the Buddhas of the past who is said to have lived on Earth approximately one hundred thousand years ago. It is from the Dīpankara Buddha that the Gautama Buddha obtained the Aniyata Vivarana in one of his former incarnations when the latter was born as the ascetic, Sumedha.

Kinnarā (male), Kinnari (female)A mythological clan of paradigmatic lovers, celestial musicians, half-human and half-horse (India) or half-bird (south-east Asia)

Pāramitā – The conditions that need to be fulfilled during one’s attempts towards achieving the Buddhahood

Rāhulamāthā – An alternative name used to refer to the Princess Yasodharā for being the mother of Prince Rāhula, the son of Prince Siddhārtha

Siddhārtha – The son of the king Suddhodana who reigned in the ancient city of Kapilavastu on the Indian subcontinent which was the capital of Shākya. Prince Siddhārtha later attained Nirvana, and became a Lord Buddha in the name of Gautama

Yasodharā – The wife of prince Siddhārtha; the mother of Prince Rāhula

 

 

Indunil Madhusankha is currently a Lecturer in the Department of Decision Sciences at the Faculty of Business of the University of Moratuwa. Even though he is academically involved with the subjects of Mathematics and Statistics, he also pursues a successful career in the field of English language and literature as a budding young researcher, reviewer, poet and content writer. Basically, he explores the miscellaneous complications of the human existence through his poetry by focussing on the burning issues in the contemporary society. Moreover, Indunil’s works have been featured in many international anthologies, magazines and journals.

2 thoughts on “She was Yasodharā …

  1. Dear sir, I had sent my poems to get published in your webzine and you told me that they would come to light on this webzine. May I please know the the actual date of being alive?

    On Mon, Jul 15, 2019, 6:47 PM Academy of the Heart And Mind wrote:

    > academyoftheheartandmind posted: “By Indunil Madhusankha (Previously > published in the PoetryExpressed Magazine) Having granted the Aniyata > Vivarana by the Dīpankara Buddha, the Bodhisattva had her by his side in > all his innumerable births, aiding him quite enormously as he fulfi” >

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