This represents the hierarchical order of reverence and respect that a person adopts in the living world.Starting from the mother who gives birth to the child, followed by the father who initiates the child into the world,together the parents show children the path to the Guru or spiritual teacher who ultimately reveals the secret of god and self realization.
In Indian mythology mother is given the primary place and is treated equivalent to god. She is the center of childs universe and the fulcrum of a strong family.A mom is looked upon as being superior to any other human life role.A woman today is often times judged by her choices as a mom and her attitudes are percieved as a reflection of her motherly instints-more so women of India, where the mother is considered the heart of the home.
“Matru Devo Bhava, Pitru Devo Bhava, Acharya Devo Bhava, Athithi Devo Bhava”
The only day your mother cried when you smiled is the day when you were born.She would instantly forget all the tearing pain she had left all through her labour, she sets her eyes lovingly on you, who were enveloped, cushioned in her warm womb for nine long months,which made for an innate connection at core level….she remains connected with you for life at soul-level and at heart level.
Carl Jung wrote that the very first type of archetype we build in our brains comes from our mothers which means that before there is even the self there is “maa”.
We see many images used in the Indian epics to show the greatness of mothers love and affection.We see many mothers like Yashoda, Kaika , Gandhari in Ramayana, Mahabharatha.
Yashoda is epitomized as a loving, indulgent mom who also rebukes her adorable child when necessary.Overwhelming love is tempered with reward love is tempered with reward and punishment, as evidenced when Krishna is tied to the grinding stone for his naughty acts or rewarded with butter after he plays the flute.
Even lord Vishnu took human form to taste mothers love.So is the greatness of mothers love.Respect and adore all such mothers.