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(This is an excerpt from Face to Face: Seeking a Personal Relationship with God by S. Michael Wilcox.

“The story is told in Buddhist lands of a woman named Kisa Gautami whose son had died. She carried his body to the Buddha asking for help. Could he not give her back the child she loved? Moved with compassion, the Buddha told her that, yes, he could give her back her son, but that she needed to bring him four or five mustard seeds from every home in the city in which no one had died. Filled with hope, Kisa Gautami ran into the city, but with each new house she was told this family had also lost one they loved. After a day of searching, she realized that sorrow and grief were common to man and her pain was not unique, though it was her pain. She returned to the Buddha, thanked him for his wisdom, and took her son to the river to be cremated.”

(S. Michael Wilcox, Face to Face: Seeking a Personal Relationship with God [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2013], 35–36).

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