The Sermon at Benares | Betty Renshaw | Chapter 10 | First Flight |


The Sermon at Benares | Betty Renshaw | Chapter 10 | First Flight |




The Sermon at Benares is authored by Betty Renshaw. It revolves around the journey of Gautama Buddha from a Prince to a saint.

Gautama Buddha was born in northern India in a royal family. At the age of 12, he was sent for his schooling. Having completed his studies, after four years, he came back to home and soon got married to a princess from whom he had a son as well. He had been living a luxurious life until he saw a sick man, an old man, a funeral procession and a monk begging for food and money. All that moved Buddha inside out and he decided to look for enlightenment giving up all the luxuries of his life.

He wandered here and there aimlessly for almost seven years in order to seek enlightenment. Ultimately, he sat under a peepal tree until he found the enlightenment. He named the tree as Buddha tree and started teaching and sharing all his knowledge with people and became famous as Buddha. He delivered his first sermon at the city of Benaras.

The author narrates a story of Kisa Goswami whose only son had died. She was so grieved that she carried his dead body to each and every home of her neighbourhood asking for medicines and help. Everyone consoled and pitied her but they were helpless and could not do anything against the wish of God. One of her neighbours advised her to go to Buddha for he was the only one who could sort out her problem.

She expressed her grief on the loss of her son and asked for help from Buddha. Gautama asked her to fetch a handful of mustard seeds from a house where no one has ever died or people have not lost their loved ones. Kisa thought it was a child’s play. She went to end number of houses but couldn’t find a single one where the death had not knocked the door. She sat down hopelessly and soon realized that there was not even a single one in the entire village who had not lost his loved one. Death is inevitable but equal to all.

Buddha’s message delivered to Kisa Goswami in the end brings a massive transition in her life.

Important Questions/Answers

Link of Other Chapters

First Flight, Class X, Chapter-wise Notes

1.      A Letter to God

2.      Nelson Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

3.      Two Stories about Flying

4.      From the Diary of Anne Frank

5.      The Hundred Dresses I

6.      The Hundred Dresses II

7.      Glimpses of India

8.      Mijbil the Otter (Deleted)

9.      Madam Rides the Bus

10.   The Sermon at Benares

11.   The Proposal


Footprints Without Feet, Class X, Chapter-wise Notes

1.      A Triumph of Surgery

2.      The Thief’s Story

3.      The Midnight Visitor (Deleted)

4.      A Question of Trust (Deleted)

5.      Footprints Without Feet

6.      The Making of a Scientist

7.      The Necklace

8.      The Hack Driver

9.      Bholi

10.   The Book That Saved the Earth (Deleted)


Class X, Writing Section, English Core

1.      Formal Letters

2.      Formats 

3.      Articles

4.      Reports

5.      Poetic Devices

Vocabulary/Grammar for Competitive Exams

1.      Vocabulary 1

2.      Vocabulary 2

3.      Grammar 


Class X, Poetry, English

1.      Dust of Snow

2.      Fire and Ice

3.      A Tiger in the Zoo

4.      How to Tell Wild Animals (Deleted)

5.      The Ball Poem

6.      Amanda

7.      Animals

8.      The Trees (Deleted)

9.      Fog (Deleted)

10.   The Tale of Custard the Dragon

11.  For Anne Gregory (Deleted)

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