MOTHER'S HEART

MOTHER'S HEART

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MOTHER'S HEART
Short Story from Grandpa Chopra’s Stories for Life’s Nourishment
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Ashok Malhotra
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MOTHER'S HEART


Short Story from Grandpa Chopra’s Stories for Life’s Nourishment
by
Ashok Malhotra
Free short story to read online

Ó  Ashok Kumar Malhotra  2011

 

Once there lived a woman in a small village. She had only one child-a son. She loved him so much that she never wanted to be separated from him. The son also loved his mother equally. They promised to each other that they would never let anything or anyone come between them to break this beautiful bond of love. As with each passing year this bond of love became stronger, at the same time, the son also grew older.

The mother felt so happy that her lovable son was now a handsome young man who had reached the marriageable age. She was in ecstasy to find a beautiful girl to wed her dear son. Though the son was reluctant, his mother insisted that if he had genuine love for her, he would get married.

When the festivities of the wedding were over and the young bride got her foothold in the new family, she felt that her husband loved his mother more than her. A cinder of jealousy entered her heart and started smouldering at its core.

One night, as the husband was giving his beautiful bride an affectionate embrace, she asked him: “Do you love me more than your mother?”
The husband replied: “Of course I do love you more than anyone on this earth.” 
The bride said: “Then prove it to me.”
The husband asked: “How could I show this to you?”
“By moving your mother out of our house so that we could have our privacy,” replied the new bride. To show his overflowing love for his wife, the husband asked his mother if she would mind moving to a small apartment. Since the mother loved her son more than her own life, she consented to move immediately.

The jealousy, which started as a cinder in the bride’s heart, became a fire in due course of time. The bride wanted to test her husband’s love further. She implored him to get from his mother all of her jewelry and diamonds. The son went to his mother and made these demands. The mother, to whom nothing was more precious than her son, again consented to give these things to him. Totally engrossed in the fire of jealousy, the bride asked her husband to do the impossible thing. She demanded that if her husband really loved her more than his mother, he would go this evening and fetch her mother’s heart. Though this was an impossible demand, the husband who wanted to show his love and loyalty to his new bride, rushed to his mother’s house and asked her to give him her heart, to which she consented happily.

After the mother cooked her son his favorite meal, she told him that when she would be fast asleep at night, he could cut open her chest and take her heart away for his beautiful bride.

As the mother fell asleep, the son took a sharp knife and cut open his mother’s chest, took her heart out and put it on a platter. As he was rushing back to his own house, he tripped and the heart fell on the ground. Just then his mother’s heart spoke to him: “Son, are you hurt?” On hearing his mother’s voice, the son realized how boundless and unconditional his mother’s love had been towards him. And at the same time he also realized the extent of his new bride’s jealousy and his own stupidity.

 

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Professor Ashok Kumar Malhotra, Distinguished Teaching Professor, State University of New York at Oneonta. Professor of Philosophy. Teaching experience: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism, Mysticism and Meditation in Indian and Chinese Tradition, Philosophy and Psychology of Yoga, Introduction to World Philosophy Existentialism, Philosophical Ideas in Imaginative Literature, Survey of World Religions, Religions of India, China, and Japan.

 

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