Post Info TOPIC: Mother's Day & Father's Day
L Venkata Ranga

Mother's Day & Father's Day

Just a month ago , we celebrated 'Mother's day ' here in the U.S.A.
and today, Americans are celebrating 'Father's day.' Well, in india ,
we children are always encouraged to honor our Father, Mother and
Guru everyday of our lives not just on days specially designated for
this purpose.

An Hindu saying goes thus :

Mata Pita Guru Athithi devo bhavaha

Which means Mother , Father, Guru , and Guest - treat them like Gods!
In other words , hold all of these people ( mother, father, guru and
guests) in high regard.

But for those of us who have lost their parents ,do not despair!

Another Hindu prayer goes like this :

Twameva Mata Cha Pita Twameva Twameva Bandu S'Cha Sakha Twameva
Twameva Vidya Dravinam Twameva Twameva Sarvam Mama Deva Deva

Thou art my mother and my father. Thou art my brother and my friend.
Thou art my knowledge and my wealth. Thou art my all. My light of
lights Thou art.

YES! we may lose our physical father and mother at one time or the
other , but our Father in Heaven He is always our eternal spiritual
guide ! HE is never lost to us nor are we lost to Him!

In Srimad Bhagwat Gita , chapter 14 verse 4 reads

Sarvayonishu kaunteya moortayah sambhavanti yaah;
Taasaam brahma mahadyonir aham beejapradah pitaa.

Whatever forms are produced, O Arjuna, in any womb whatsoever, the
great Brahma is their womb and I am the seed-giving father.


HE IS THE 'PURUSHA' of the Purusha suktham!

Dhaatha purasthad yamudhajahara.sacra pravidhaan pradhisascha thathra.

Thamevam vidwaan anu mrutha iha bavathi. Naanya pandha ayanaaya
vidhyathe. 1-17

The learned one who knows that Purusha

Whom the creator, considered as one before Him,

And whom the Indra understood in all directions,

Would attain salvation even in this birth,

And there is no need for him to search for any other path.

Yes! Dear all! on this Father's day , he is our divine father , our
eternal Guru , who is guiding us in our day to day life .

Sloka 23 of Bajagovindam states

kastvaM ko.ahaM kuta aayaataH
kaa me jananii ko me taataH .
iti paribhaavaya sarvamasaaram.h
vishvaM tyaktvaa svapna vichaaram.h .. 23..

Who are you ? Who am I ? From where do I come ? Who is my mother, who
is my father ? Ponder thus, look at everything as essenceless and
give up the world as an idle dream.( Stanza attributed to Surendra)

Yes! Give up all earthly bondages - This is my Mother, this is my
father , this is my son and this is my daughter etc etc - It is only
in this janma , they are your relatives .

This does not mean you do not 'respect' your parents - you
always 'honor' and do your duty by your parents . But the only
lasting relationship is the relationship you have is
the 'relationship' with Lord -Adi Purusham! He IS YOUR fATHER, MOTHER AND GURU ALL ROLLED INTO ONE!

Adi Shankara Bhagvadapada sings in 'NIRVANA SHATAKAM'

Na Me Mrityu Shankaa Na Me Jaati Bhedah
Pita Naiva Me Naiva Maataa Na Janma
Na Bandhur Na Mitram Gurur Naiva Shishyah
Chidaananda Roopah Shivoham Shivoham

I have no fear of death,
nor have I any distinction
of Caste,
I have neither father,
nor mother, nor even birth,
nor relation, nor friend,
no teacher, no disciple,
I am pure Knowledge and Bliss,
I am all Auspiciousness,
I am Shiva.

Hope our foreign Friends understand this.


RE: Mother's Day & Father's Day

Thank you Mr. Ranga for educating me as well. Yes foreign friends may not understand and the reasons are obvious, but ignorant people like me have no excuse. Please keep these coming.

Millington, U.S.A.

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