Loving and Divine Soul,

Let the choicest blessings of God and the masters be upon all of you. I take the opportunity to pray for all, especially the mothers as we celebrate Mother's Day.

Mother's Day is an annual celebration, but it should be a daily celebration expressing love and compassion. We should cultivate love and compassion in our minds and hearts and express them in our thoughts, words, and everyday deeds.

When I think of Mother's Day, I think of my mother who brought me into this world and took extremely good care of me in every possible way to ensure I would become a good person. She is no more, but I vividly remember her and her every kind gesture. She was the ideal for me in many ways. She loved everyone and everything without discrimination. Her arms were wide open to manifest pure love for all. While she lived in the ashram, a visitor remarked that she was a love machine, to sit near her was to bathe in love.

The mother is the epitome of love. Her love is boundless. Motherhood is not only seen in human beings, but is clearly seen in other beings. In childhood, I observed mother's love in birds, monkeys, cats, dogs, and cows. How beautiful to see their love for their offspring.

We are human beings. We are not to be guided by instinct nor greed, but by love, kindness, compassion, and a vision of better living for all. In the Vedic culture of India, we are taught to love God as the Mother, including the scriptures, mantras, the earth, nature, rivers, and even cows. It is an expression of gratitude for their contribution to healthy and happy living.

If we consider the modern lifestyle and way of thinking, we see we are becoming more self-centered, and we are exploiting nature to the greatest extent. We can see the wrath of nature in natural disasters. Nature is killing humans, and human beings are killing humans in wars, terrorism, and violence. Human beings destroy out of greed, anger, ego, and ignorance. Their actions hurt the heart of the Mother in many ways. If we love the Mother and want to express our love and gratitude to her, we should understand her heart and her love in this creation. No mother wants to see destruction. A mother's heart is the heart of love.

On this Mother's Day, I pray to the Divine Mother to give us hearts that can feel pure love for all living beings so that our lives are comprised of pure love, compassion, and kindness. Let our love for the mother, Mother Earth, and even the entire creation be sincere and our lives be simple and practical, loving nature and all creation.

Let this Mother's Day be a day of gratitude for our earthly mother and motherhood in general.

With Love,
Prajnanananda

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