A Mothers Fight Against Death!

With sorrow and tears in her eyes, the mother watched her sick child lying in the cradle, getting paler by the day. A knock on the door distracted her. As she opened the door with half sleepy eyes, she saw an old man wrapped up in a horse cloth which seemed insufficient to keep the cold away. … The old man sat beside the cradle and the mother sat next to him looking sorrowfully at the little creature breathing with great difficulty...

But as she opened her eyes, the old man, who was none other then Death himself, had taken her child and was gone!!

... O’ poor mother! It’s impossible to follow Death as it travels faster then the wind. But still if you want to try, I can tell you the way. For that you will have to sing all those songs that you have sung for your son; I am very fond of those songs...

In the middle of the forest, the mother reached a crossing. Not able to decide which way to go, she asked a thorn bush, standing right at the crossing. The thorn bush said,”Dear mother, as you see, I am freezing to death. If you give me the warmth of your heart, I can tell you the way to your child.”

The thorns went straight into her flesh and blood streamed out. … The lake took away her two beautiful eyes, which became two precious pearls resting at the bottom of the lake. In return, it carried the mother to the opposite side. There she stood in front of a strange house but couldn’t see it...

An old woman, the caretaker of Death’s huge greenhouse said,” If you give me your long black hair, I will take you inside the Death’s greenhouse.” When Death arrived, he was utterly shock and stunned to see the mother there even before him. Meanwhile she seized two beautiful flowers and threatened to tear them apart if he did not return her child...

At last, she surrendered!! She fell down on her knees, wrung her hands and prayed, “O’ God, your will is the best because you know the best! Don’t hear my prayers when I pray against your will, for I do agree to whatever your decision is!!

To know what changed the wish of a mother read the complete article in January 2013 edition of English Akhand Gyan monthly magazine.

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