It's almost Mother's Day and this year I'm thinking about something more than how this relates to me as a mother, or me as the daughter of a mother.
I've been learning so much about the history of women in the world, so much I didn't know.
In the light of that, I'm holding space for all women, because all women are mothers, even if they do not birth human children -- they give birth to ideas, to art, to music, to the many things that they bring into this world and nurture. Woman is the creative aspect of the world. Women represent the cosmic, divine mother that brought into being everything that is.
“By construction, the fulfillment of a woman is motherhood; and motherhood does not mean that she gets pregnant and delivers a baby. If you understand her total behavior, you will understand her motherhood. Her motherhood is service, her motherhood is sacrifice, her motherhood is relationship. When she knows motherhood, she is fulfilled.” - Yogi Bhajan
So on Mother's Day, while I honor my mother for all the love and sacrifice and endurance she had to have to raise me, and while I honor those same traits I have cultivated in order to raise my children, I also am deeply feeling love and honor for all the women. I am holding all of womankind tightly within me.
There is no better mantra for Mother's Day than the Adi Shakti mantra. I invite you to try it here with Nirinjan Kaur.
Mantra: Adi Shakti
Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Adi Shakti, Namo Namo
Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Sarab Shakti, Namo Namo
Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Pritham Bhagvati, Namo Namo
Kundalini Mata Shakti, Mata Shakti, Namo Namo
I bow to (or call on) the primal power.
I bow to (or call on) the all encompassing power and energy.
I bow to (or call on) that through which God creates.
I bow to (or call on) the creative power of the Kundalini, the Divine Mother Power.
The Adi Shakti Mantra tunes one into the frequency of the Divine Mother, and to the primal protective, generating energy. It is said that chanting it eliminates fears and fulfills desires.
"Merge in the Maha Shakti. This is enough to take away your misfortune. This will carve out of you a woman. Woman needs her own Shakti, not anybody else will do it. When a woman chants the Kundalini Bhakti mantra, God clears the way. This is not a religion, it is a reality. Woman is not born to suffer, and woman needs her own power." - Yogi Bhajan
"When India and Indian women knew this mantra, it dwelt in the land of milk and honey." - Yogi Bhajan
(From Spirit Voyage)