Mother’s Day symbolizes honoring mother and motherhood. People around the world are celebrating “Mother’s Day” by sending flowers, gifts and cards to their mothers. In my view, this day has been commercialized to maximum possible extent by thrusting upon the sentiment of mother! For all of us who hail from the Indian origin, we have the highest regards towards mother. The Taittariya Upanishad which dates back to 10,000 years BC has a famous saying which goes as below:
मातृ देवो भव
पितृ देवो भव
आचार्य देवो भव
अतिथि देवो भव
[Meaning – Let you be the one who worships mother, father, teachers and guests as God]
There is one more from ‘Raamayana’ :
जननी जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी
[Mother and motherland are superior to the Heaven.]
It is not just our culture, but history from all corners of the world has special respect for mother honoring motherhood, personified as a goddess. Here are just a few of those – Ancient Greeks celebrated in honor of Rhea, the mother of the gods. Also, the ancient Romans celebrated in honor of Cybele, a mother goddess. In the British Isles and Celtic Europe, the goddess Brigid, and later her successor St. Brigid, were honored with a spring Mother’s Day. So what does that indicate? Mother is the most important thing in everyone’s life without whom there is no life!
Now, here comes my question – Why should we restrict all our love, affection, respect, honor and much more limited just to one day in a year? Shouldn’t we all be paying the tribute everyday? Life has become so mechanical we have no time for most important things in life. Few days back I received a SMS which went on like this : “In the past nobody had a ‘Watch’, but everyone had Time. Now everyone has a watch, but nobody has ‘Time’…” How true!
For me everyday is mother’s day. There can be no day in my life when I am not thinking about my Mother who is my flesh and blood, and she also the reason for my existence in this world. If at all there is any person who has stood by me through thick and thin, it has to be none other than my mom! In recent times, I have come across *few people* who wish to stay away from parents [in-laws in case of married woman] citing various reasons though they live in the same city. If you are one of those, think of the reason for your existence and for being what you are today! Time is now for us to show respect and appreciate our parents efforts in making us what we are today. Happy Mother’s day today and everyday for all the mothers out there!