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|Cure for Sorrow|
There is an old Chinese tale about a woman whose only son died. In her grief, she went to the holy
man and said, "What prayers, what magical incantations do you have to bring my son back to life?"
Instead of sending her away or reasoning with her, he said to her, "Fetch me a mustard seed from a
home that has never known sorrow. We will use it to drive the sorrow out of your life." The woman
went off at once in search of that magical mustard seed.
She came first to a splendid mansion, knocked at the door, and said, "I am looking for a home that has
never known sorrow. Is this such a place? It is very important to me."
They told her, "You've certainly come to the wrong place," and began to describe all the tragic things
that recently had befallen them.
The woman said to herself, "Who is better able to help these poor, unfortunate people that I, who have
had misfortune of my my own?" Shestayed to comfort them, then went on in search of a home that had
never known sorrow. But wherever she turned, in hovels and in other places, she found one tale after
another of sadness and misfortune. She became so involved in ministering to other people's grief that
ultimately she forgot about her quest for the magical mustard seed, never realizing that it had, in fact,
driven the sorrow out of her life.
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