Its not just a mustard 0

After losing her only child, Kisa Gotami became desperate and asked if anyone can help her. Her sorrow was so great that many thought she had already lost her mind. An old man told her to meet Buddha. Buddha told her that before he could bring the child back to life, she should find white mustard seeds from a family where no one had died. She desperately went from house to house, but to her disappointment, she could not find a house that had not suffered the death of a family member. Finally the realization struck her that there is no house free from mortality. She returned to the Buddha, who comforted her and preached to her the truth. She was awakened and entered the first stage of Arhatship. 

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Present day: 2 moms are in argument about how good their kids are. One says "My son’s knowledge is more than the vastness of the ocean”. The other one “You cant even find a mustard of bad things in my son”. Here mustard becomes a figure of speech, mustard is the similie. Mustard is the unit of measurement.

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These two stories are just examples to tell how important the mustard is in Indian culture. It is often used as a suicide bomber. Yes you heard it right! Mustard jumps into the hot oil, blasts and adds that unique aroma and taste to the food. May it be sambar or chutney or pickle, almost every Indian cuisine needs mustard. It has no borders, no religion. May be it is one of the most secular ingredient.

It is often etched in the memory of Indian kids, that ‘chat-pat’ sound of the mustard, means the food is ready to be served. That sound kicks the hunger. Legend says that sound multiplies the intensity of hunger by zillion times.

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