Sunday, May 12, 2019

Birth of Siddhartha with Queen maya:

May 12, 2019
 
The Mama Sutra
 
Every mother has a birth story. In the classic telling of Siddhartha Gautama’s birth, his parents, King Suddhodana and Queen Maya, have been married for 20 years but are childless. One night, Maya dreams that a white elephant enters her womb. Ten lunar months later, she gives birth to the future Buddha in a grove of sal trees while gingerly holding a branch. She dies a few days later.

“To me, this sounds like the version of the myth told by a man who has never given birth,” writes Anne Cushman in The Mama Sutra: A Story of Love, Loss, and the Path of Motherhood, now available from Shambhala Publications. Read on for Cushman’s retelling of the Buddha’s birth—filled with midwives, medicinal teas, miscarriages, milk, and Maya’s ultimate sacrifice to ensure that the future enlightened one would live.