नास्ति मातृसमा छाया नास्ति मातृसमा गति:
नास्ति मातृसमं त्राणं नास्ति मातृसमा प्रपा ।।
This Sanskrit shloka meaning “There is no shade like a mother, no resort like a mother, no security like a mother, no other ever-giving fountain of life” is the beautiful depiction of the special place which a mother holds in a child’s life. She is certainly God’s most beautiful and affectionate creations which can be better described as “God disguised in human form”. The love and the presence of a mother are like a peaceful shade which provides lifelong security in a person’s life. To serve and obey mother’s commands is the biggest duty of a child. There is no one like a mother in this universe who can take care of her child. It is only a mother who has the ability to ward off any shortcomings from her child’s life to make it as pure, hallowed and smooth just like flowing water.
A mother is no less than a precious gift that God has given to mankind. It is impossible to catch a glimpse of God with our own eyes, but, the heaven has sent its representative as a gift for humankind in the form of a mother which we can see with naked eyes. A mother is certainly the second form of God walking on Earth carrying the entire heavenly paradise in her heart.
This Sanskrit shloka showers salutations to all the mothers who emerged as a more powerful and loving human being after becoming a new mother. These beautiful lines mean “The acute irrepressible pain endured by the mother at the time of delivery, the distaste towards food and the resulting emaciation of the body during pregnancy, the year-long period after delivery, during which the bed was dirtied by the baby – let all these be. But the suffering that the mother endures in carrying the weight of the fetus throughout pregnancy can never be compensated the least by a son, even if he is great and famous. Salutations to that mother.”
However, embracing motherhood is the most heavenly feeling, but also the most difficult one. Though she goes through sudden mood swings and pain during pregnancy, she never neglects the health of her child. The heart of a mother feels a rush of mixed emotions seeing her child for the first time and her eyes get filled with tears of joy holding her child in her hands. Such is the beauty and magic of motherhood that it can make a woman forget all the miseries and discomforts within a flick of a second!!!
आयु: पुमान् यश: स्वर्ग कीर्ति पुण्यं बलं श्रियम्।
पशुं सुखं धनं धान्यं प्राप्नुयान्मातृवन्दनात्।।
Man offer prayers, keep fasts, chant mantras and perform different rituals to impress God. If his intentions are firm, have true dedication, and imply honest efforts, then he can attain God and experience solitude and contentment. Similarly, when a person serves and takes care of his mother with a true heart and never hurts her, then she feels extremely satisfied and contented of having a child like him and keeps showering her precious blessings which ultimately leads to a long life, success, fame, wealth, food and everything.
‘प्रतिमानाटकम्‘ में कवि भवभूति ने बड़े सुन्दर शब्दों में माता के इस स्पर्श के विषय में बताया है कि-
हस्तस्पर्शो हि मातृणामजलस्य जलाञ्जलि:।
This Sanskrit shloka states that the touch of mother’s hands holds the similar importance of a water stream to a thirsty man. It gives life to an individual and imbibes an urge to live in him. He gets an assurance that even if the whole world turns its back to him, the mother is the only one who will never leave his side. The companion of a mother never makes him experience the feeling of loneliness or sadness in life.
We as human beings wander for happiness, peace, and contentment outside our homes, without even realizing the fact that the real bliss lies in the feet of the mothers. If everyone understands the reality of this truth, there will no need to visit pilgrim centers to find God and solitude; or so-called Gurus to get cheated by them, or getting lured by Tantriks or Babas to spend thousands on baseless rituals and give away your hard-earned money and precious time.
नान्नोदकसमं दानं न तिथिर्द्वादशी समा।
ना गायत्र्याः परो मन्त्रो न मातुर्दैवतं परम्।।
This quote by Chanakaya, exclusively from the popular Chanakya Neeti, holds mother above all the deities. Just like God has created this world with his own hands, likewise, a mother also creates and carries a child in her womb for nine months and nourishes it with her blood. She never leaves her child’s side and always acts like a shield to protect him or her in unfavorable circumstances. She imbues moral values in her child to make him or her a better human being and applies good efforts to make her child an eligible and successful individual. Just by her touch, her child gets liberated from all the worries and tensions in life.
The main objective behind the celebrations of Mother’s Day is letting the people take out time for their mothers from their jam-packed schedules and spend a beautiful day with them by also surprising them with lavish and heartwarming Mother’s Day gifts. After all the years of her hard work and persistent efforts, this day is no less than an opportunity to indulge in the grand celebrations of motherhood and express your love and gratitude towards her. The most amazing way to revel in its celebrations is to spend this entire day with the mothers and make her feel like a queen.
To perfectly end this heart touching blog, here comes a poem that affectionately portrays the acknowledgment of love of a son for his mother, who has still not changed even after he has grown up.
घुटनों से रेंगते रेंगते..
कब पैरों पर खड़ा हुआ,
तेरी ममता की छाओं में
जाने कब बड़ा हुआ!
काला टीका दूध मलाई
आज भी सब कुछ वैसा है,
मैं ही मैं हूँ हर जगह
प्यार यह तेरा कैसा है?
सीधा साधा भोला भाला
मैं ही सबसे अच्छा हूँ,
कितना भी हो जाऊं बड़ा
माँ, मैं आज भी तेरा बच्चा हूँ!
Happy Mother’s Day!!!