The Forgotten Goddess: Deciphering Yashodhara!

Forgotten | Goddess | Deciphering | Yashodhara | 25th July 2022 | Virtual Wire

 

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History cannot be erased. History is not a deletable document on google drive. It never seizes to exist. However, history can be forgotten. With time, the past fades and what remains are the fragments which with time become legends.

In the long course of time, many people-once important- have been forgotten. Siddhartha- the one who attained it all. The prince of Kapilvastu went on to get answers to his questions. The man, returned as a god, as Buddha. Buddha's story is deeply imprinted in our minds. However, we forget about someone who was born on the same day as him. She, who was called the twin flame or the other half of Budhha himself-Yashodhara. Yashodhara means the one whose glory spreads throughout the world. Staying true to the meaning of her name, Yashodhara's glory was spread throughout the Bharatvarsha. The epitome of academic brilliance and innate beauty, the princess was the dream of every prince. But destiny had decided its own course. Yashodhara married Siddhartha and the two were often considered the "complementing souls".

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It was believed that when Yashodhara married Siddhartha, divine energy found its momentum. They were two sides of the same coin, two halves of a whole, two souls from the same origin. Their love was beyond time and space, as it was spiritual, brainily and even metaphysical. They had transversed lifetimes together to reach this final life of theirs. In this final life, both chose "separation" as a way of union. The separation is considered as the last step on the ladder of any relationship. This may sound more like alchemy, but consists of truth.


When Budhha left his home for searching enlightenment, his twin flame stayed back. She found an enlightenment from within the social order and the mundanity of our lives. While Budhha followed the strict ascetic lifestyle, Yashodhara carried on with her duties as a mother, a queen and a daughter. In this stark contrast, lies the divine mingling. Each walked the way of non-attachment. Each experienced pain of giving up and even more pain of moving on. Each found their own enlightenment. Buddha's enlightenment was breaking free from the bondage of life and death. It was more visible and a little more visible.

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Yashodhara's enlightenment on the contrary was living with the society, fighting inner battles to finally reach a point of total non-attachment. On reaching this point, she could more easily walk away from her people because she was leaving no "beloved" behind. History remembers Budhha-the god but has almost forgotten the goddess Yashodhara. The queen who single-headedly governed Kapilvastu for years became an amazing mentor to her son and practised detachment while living in the society, is somewhere lost in the ocean of time. The vast sea called times leaves none, not even a goddess. After all, everyone and everything can fall into the nothingness of time, space and forgotten memories.

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