Many a times I wonder what Yashodhara must have thought the night Siddhartha (The Buddha) left her alone with their newborn child. Some of her musings, as I could think of, are presented before you. Not verified by any historical fact, this poem is purely my imagination.

“That Night O’ Buddha I was Awake.”


At last, that day had arrived

When You could hold no more…

The purpose of your Life and the divine call,

Were setting turbulence through Your inner core…

Your concern was for mankind that was at stake.

That night O’ Buddha I was awake!


Quietly, you rose and kissed our boy

Then subtly you bade me bye…

You did turn to look at me.

You knew my plight but let it be…

I held my tears and did not shake.

That night O’ Buddha I was awake!


I would not make things worse for you

I have seen your anguish through and through…

It’s not a sudden day that has arrived.

With aches, in society, YOU had much survived…

Nothing in lieu of “Enlightenment” would you take.

That night O’ Buddha I was awake!


Although prepared, I was scared

To hold you back, I could have dared…

Our family would have been happy and not alone.

But then, we would have lived with a breathing stone…

Your resolution, even your infant couldn’t break.

That night O’ Buddha I was awake!


I knew what you seek is very profound.

That the world will become peaceful and sound…

You will clear the flaws of religious duality.

You will find for people the path to spirituality…

Your birth was for humanity’s sake.

That night O’ Buddha I was awake!


I know you will come for me some day

And will guide me onto your saintly way…

My sorrow will not be for futile.

It’s my testing phase and sacrifice for a while…

In Divine Realm, great couple we’ll make…

Since that night O’ Buddha I am still awake!

Jai Shri Hari 

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