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Why do we worship God as Mother? (Part 1)

It is quite often, a question in everybody’s mind, is that why do Hindus and some other preachers of religions too worship God as statues or a piece of stone, a book, or a mural, a picture or even the rivers, the oceans, or the mountains? This is a small personal reflection and compilation for you to have a look!

This compilation is with regard to the several pujas or the worships of
God as Mother. During the last week of September, we have Durga Puja (26 –
30 September 2017) and in the beginning of October, we have the Kali Puja (19
October 2017). These are just two of the forms in which God as Mother is
worshipped, in the Indian subcontinent and also now, in many other parts of
the world as well. But, besides these two, God as Mother is worshipped in
many other forms as well. Recently, we celebrated what is called as ‘Navaratri’
(26 – 30 September 2017) – The nine days or the nine nights. In southern parts
of India, during these nine days, three aspects of the Divine Mother are
worshipped – God as Saraswati, God as Kali and God as Maha Laxmi. A few
days between the Durga Puja (30 September 2017) and Kali Puja (19 October
2017), another one would be worshipped in Bengal and other parts of India, on
the full moon night of 5 Oct (2017) – Kojagori Laxmi Mata is worshipped. A few
weeks after that, there is another aspect of Divine Mother, as the Jagadhatri ~
The Mother of the Universe (28 October 2017). And then is worshiping of
Mother Saraswati. So there are many forms and there are these worships that
are spread throughout the year. But somehow they seem to be more
concentrated, during this season. That’s why; we should name this season as
‘The Mother Season’.

We know that according to Vedanta, the ultimate reality is one. That everything is really one. That however, is not our present experience. And because the reality is supposed to be one, it is infinite and it is undivided. But somehow, the reality that you and I experience is not undivided. It is very
much divided and its very much limited in many ways. Factual reality if you like. Now how and when did, this infinite one reality, somehow, become
fractured into many different realities? Those are the realities of my existence,
realities of the existence of every one of the human beings, every one of the
living beings, realities, as theses appear to us, are existence of every object in this world. How did this one existence suddenly begin to appear as many different kinds of existence – whether living or non-living?

Now when did that exactly happen – no one knows. This not knowing, when this occurred? This ignorance of when this occurred is called ‘Maya’ in Vedantic terms. It does not know when it happened. ‘Maya’ originates from the
root word called ‘Mayee’. Mayee means measure. Anything that one can measure is Maya. This body, the money, the cars, the houses, the land, the
property and the human relationships – whether through blood or through social arrangements, is Maya. Only Divine Love, which is infinite, is beyond
measure, is beyond Maya. Paramahansa Yogananda had written down, “Only Love can take my place.” Anything, which is measurable, is tangible, will eventually degenerate. It is ‘not permanent’; it is only ‘Anitya’. But normal and ignorant people do not understand it, do not remethrough hoarding and permanent greed. That is a mistake and the cause of our suffering and misery.
This not knowing when it happened, it is just called ‘Maya’. Now why is it not known?
To be continued…

“To be or not to be, with my Mother?”

Bibliography :

➢ God Talks With Arjuna ~~ Bhagavad Gita ~ Sri Sri Paramahansa
➢ Autobiography of a Yogi: Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda
➢ Understanding Vedanta: Swami Tyagananda.
➢ Meditation & Vedanta: Swami Adiswarananda
➢ Freedom Of Voice: Swami Vivekananda
➢ Inner Voice . Reflection, as Guided By Divine Mother Through Robbin Ghosh

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Why do we worship God as Mother? (Part 1)


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