Thank you both so much. I am not going to hide the truth, that I almost had to stop the temptation to cry when I learned from you that both the wife of the Buddha and His son became Arahants.
This word, Arahant, is so full of power and meaning. It is the Deathless One.
The link provided was very welcome, and I will print out the contents and read it many times from now on. From it I learned that the blessed and good Son, Rahula, passed away before the end hour of Buddha.
I wonder why, and how He left at such a time before the Buddha. But more to the point, I see what a good Son He was. Perhaps due to the nature of the Buddha and His followers of good foresight, they may have purposely given less renown to beloved Rahula, to avoid the possibility of Buddhism becoming ruled by an inheritancy of pontifs based on ancestry from the Prince and Buddha. While there must be wisdom in that, yet now the face of Rahula the Arahant almost haunts my heart, and I for one declare that I honor and cherish Rahula, the Arahant, the Son of the Buddha of the Solar Clan.
Rahula, You are very dear to the sons of all fathers, you are a true son. From seven years old, you made that crossing to the far shore. Was it because your Father had gone there, so you followed to that far shore?
In your service.
Caste System is Not Karma, it is Man Made