Ajahn Chah wrote:Our birth and death are just one thing. You can't have one without the other. It's a little funny to see how at a death people are so tearful and sad, and at a birth how happy and delighted. It's delusion. I think if you really want to cry, then it would be better to do so when someone is born. Cry at the root, for if there were no birth, there would be no death. Can you understand this?
Don't worry, Guy
...I realise exactly what Acinteyy
o means... and I wholeheartedly agree with him.
I regularly "Take tea with Yama"....
My own dear father is becoming more and more frail, and only today, in the delicatessen-Bistro where I work, a well known client's son came in to tell us of his dying last Sunday...
Life ebbs and flows, in and out.....
As One memorable quotation I remember so chillingly - tet honestly - states:
"When you bear a child in life, what you have done is condemn them to death."
But yes, David
.... Born as the Buddha was. I am confident though, that his mother will not go the same way as Maya..... I doubt she has borne a Buddha, so her time is not yet nigh (but I'm keeping tabs on her, just in case!)
Manapa: I have no idea...this much I know...my daughter has always been blessed with a hearty appetite, but more pertinently, her own father weighed in at 10lbs when he was born, I believe.... so she didn't get her 'appetite' from me!