A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Sri Ramakrishna remarked to Sarada Devi, "Look at the people of Calcutta. They are squirming like worms in darkness. Please look after them. How little this [referring to his own body] has accomplished! You have a much heavier task." In her later life she once said to a disciple, "The Master regarded all creatures as manifestations of the Divine Mother. He left me behind to manifest the motherhood of God."
The motherhood of God is a special feature of Hinduism. The Absolute, or Brahman, is something nameless, formless, attributeless, and unattached. From its standpoint there is no creation, preservation or destruction. The phenomenal world is created, preserved, and destroyed by Its Shakti, or inscrutable creative power. This power and Brahman are inseparable - like fire and its power to burn, like a gem and its lustre, like a word and its meaning.
Shakti resembles an earthly mother in a special manner, for all created beings come out of its womb and are subseuently protected by it. Every normal woman feels the urge of motherhood, which has been planted in her heart by the Lord Himself. Women who are creative in body satisfy this urge through physical offspring, but a rare few, creative in spirit, satisfy the same urge through children of the spirit.
(to be continued....)