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Happy Mother’s Day: 2022: O Mother, salutations to your feet.

Happy Mother’s day to all Mothers of this Universe. 

Devi is Mother! Universal Mother! 

English literal meaning of the above mantra is this: ” To that Devi Who in All beings is abiding in the form of Mother, Salutations to Her. Salutations to Her, Salutations again and again.”

I bow down and surrender myself  to you, O’ Devi, The Universal Mother! 🙏🙏🙏

Today, on the occasion of Mother’s day I am going to share one Text written by Adi Shankaracharya    “Matripanchakam”

But, before that I must share a story on Adi Sankaracharya and his mother Aryamba. Shankaracharya got his primary education from his mother as he lost his father Sivaguru.  when he was just 7 years old. Mother Aryamba played a key role in teaching Vedas and Upanishads to the young Shankara.

Without going into details about Shankaracharya, I would like to share one significant event here.

From the early childhood Shankara was very keen on becoming a monk. His mother opposed this idea of Shankara on becoming a monk. However Shankara had firm determination on becoming a monk.  One day Shankara accompanied his mother to a nearby river and took a plunge into the river. Suddenly, a crocodile appeared from beneath the river and caught hold of his leg. Shankara then cried out to his  mother for help. His mother saw that crocodile was pulling his son into the river. His mother also felt  helpless. Shankara then urged her to allow him to die as monk. As soon as his mother gave her a consent, the crocodile spared his life and went back to the river. Shankara was saved miraculously. After that he began his journey to become a monk after his mother gave him permission with one condition that he would be present during her death and follow all the rituals that are recommended in shastras.

Shankaracharya promised his mother that he would be present during her death and follow all the rituals

At the age of 12 he left home. Once, when Adi Shankaracharya was in the North India, he intuitively came to know that his mother is sick and death is near. Upon realization, that his mother has limited time in this world, he walked all the way back to his native Village : Kaladi, Kerala, India. He stayed for few days beside his mother’s death bed. Finally she died and Adi Shankaracharya went back to Himalaya. 

Adi Shankara expounded the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta. He advocated the ancient concept of Hinduism which explains the unification of Atman and Brahman. He started his writing his own analysis on Upanishads, Brahma sutra, Bhagavad Gita and other sacred Texts. ” Matripanchakam” is one among them.

Following Five verses are believed to be composed by Adi Shankaracharya on the death of his mother.

1)The unbearable pain endured by her at the time of delivery, the lack-lustre feeling and the emaciation of the body during pregnancy, the year-long sharing of the bed dirtied by the baby, none of these sufferings borne by the mother because of pregnancy can be compensated in the least by a son, however great he may be. Salutations to that mother.

2) Having dreamt of me as clad in the robes of an ascetic, she rushed to the gurukula where i was studying and wept aloud. The entire gurukulam also wept with her at once. O mother, salutations to your feet.

3) O mother, I did not give you even water at the time of death. I am barred from performing the prescribed religious rites for you on your death anniversary. O mother I could not taraka mantra for you at the time of death. O mother, bestow your incomparable compassion on me who was late in coming.

4) When you fondled me as a child these affectionate words came out of your mouth: “You are a jewel, you are my eyes, O my dear one, my son, may you live long!” To that mouth I am now giving these dry grains!

5) O mother, who at the time of delivery cried aloud in pain, ” O mother, O father, O Lord Shiva, O Krishna, O Govinda, O Hari, O Mukunda”, I offer this obeisance to you.

The Sanskrit document can be read at this site: Link is here.

Salutation to the Divine Mother!

Ancient Hindu Scriptures expound a reverence for the Divine Mother. The 10th Chapter of Rigveda, known as Devi Sukta [ Hymn on Goddess] says:

I am the Queen, the gatherer-up of treasures, most thoughtful, first of those who merit worship.

Thus, gods have established me in many places with many homes to enter and abide in.
Through me alone all eat the food that feeds them, -each man who sees, breathes, hears the word outspoken.

They know it not, yet I reside in the essence of the Universe. Hear, one and all, the truth as I declare it.
I, verily, myself announce and utter the word that gods and men alike shall welcome.

I make the man I love exceeding mighty, make him nourished, a sage, and one who knows Brahman.

I bend the bow for Rudra [ Shiva], that his arrow may strike, and slay the hater of devotion.
I rouse and order battle for the people, I created Earth and Heaven and reside as their Inner Controller.
On the world’s summit I bring for the sky the Father: my home is in the waters, in the Ocean as Mother.

Thence I pervade all existing creatures, as their Inner Supreme Self, and manifest them with my Body.

I created all worlds at my will, without any higher Being, and permeate and dwell within them.
The eternal and Infinite Consciousness is I; it is my greatness dwelling in everything.
                                      ——- Devi Sukta: Rig Veda: 10.125.3 – 10.125.8.

Conclusion: Without mother there can not be a father.


Published in your name, O’ my Mother! I love YOU.

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25 thoughts on “Happy Mother’s Day: 2022: O Mother, salutations to your feet.”

  1. Hi Sir, hope you are doing good
    Thank you very much for sharing such a factful n wonderful post on this special day. It feels so amazing to read n know such stories. For sure I carry some devotional thoughts n peace whenever I visit your blog. Once again thank you for your time spent to share this awesome knowledge 🥰🙏🙏🙏

    1. Thank you so much Suma for your comments.
      I am very happy to see you here after a long long time.
      I am really very happy with your words which inspire me, gives me support and encouragement.
      Stay blessed always 😊🙏

        1. Thank you Suma. Hope you have achieved your target 🎯
          Take care. Happy to see your comments.
          Will be more happy to read your post. Please send me the link after publishing your post 😊

          1. Yes Sir, I have achieved with all of your blessings. So greatful to you always for anticiating for my writing. Definitely, Soon I will try to publish. 😇


    Prabhakaran Thampan
    Factual and splendid Being from kerala I have visited kalady few times paid respects to Sankaras mothers Samadhi and saw the river bathing ghat where he was said to have been caight by crocodile
    Aruni well composed and sublime submission to the Adi Guru

    1. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement 😊
      I am thankful to you for your valuable inputs which helped me in writing this post.
      Jay Gurudev Ji 🙏

  3. Thank you Arun Ji for sharing this story. It is a wonderful post on mothers day. All mothers have to go through so much and pain but they never feel that way. They are just filled with love for their little ones. All the pain is forgotten as soon as they see the innocent face of their kid.

    We missed your posts for so many days. Hope your trip was enjoyable.
    Thank you and take care. 😊🙏🏻😊🙏🏻

    1. Thank you so much Anita Ji.
      My trip was great.
      I couldn’t concentrate on writing Blog. I couldn’t even read other’s post due to some other engagements.
      I have seen you have published many posts in between. I have read all those and share my views.
      Yesterday I was determined to post on the occassion of mothers day. Hence I wrote.
      Mother is above all powers. The Supreme power, Shakti is MAA.
      I am thankful that you have read this and your comments inspired me.
      Happy mother’s day to you too.
      Every day is mother’s day 🌺💐🙏

      1. 🙂🙂You didn’t tell before going for a trip, it was just my guess. Wherw did you go? I remember ince you said you would like to go in jungles and places like that…
        You are right, writing needs a lot of concentration but we can read in any condition 🙂
        It will be my pleasure to read your comments on all posts.
        Your post was awesome on mothers.
        Welcome back 🙂 and thank you so much.🌹😊

        1. Few days back I had been to my mom’s place ( Durgapur) and stayed for 7 days with mom.
          Before that I had been to Darjeeling district, Dooars Jalpaiguri Kalimpong with my wife, that being my in-laws places.
          There I visited and stayed in jungle 😄
          Your Guess is absolutely right 😊🙏
          Thank you so much for your comments on the post on mother’s day.
          I am back to blogging world.
          Regards 😊🙏

        2. And one request to you ☺️
          Please share this post on mother’s day to all mothers known to you. Through this post I wish to convey the message to the world.
          Regards 🙏

  4. Sir, the value of mother cannot be limited by just some usage and assemblage of letters or words. This very Mother Earth puts up with all our atrocities mining, bricking, pollution and so on. We people assume and trample on the earth as if we are entitled and authoritative but never once it complains yet carries the forbearance. That’s why we utter this verse every morning “Samudra vasane Devi parvata stana mandale visnu patni namas tubhyam paada sparsham kassamasva me”. Meaning – the devi who dwells on the ocean, the one who has the mountains as her breasts, who is the consort of visnu, I bow to you, please forgive me for touching you with my feet!

    1. Wonderful statement from you Vishnupriya. What not we are doing with the Earth, mother Earth 🌎
      Your points are genuine. We have done enough injustice with mother Earth as you mentioned. Mining ⛏️: This has gone limitless. Not only that. Forests and other natural beauties are ornaments to this mother earth.
      We have finished those for our sake. As such other children of mother (animals/ birds and other creatures) are becoming instinct.
      Thank you so much for your valuable insights with appropriate Mantra.
      Best wishes.
      Take care always 😊🙏

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