weekly services: Weekly Reading
Sunday, May 12, 2013:
From Paramahansa Yogananda
A mother's love is not given to us to spoil us with indulgence, but to soften our hearts, that we may in turn soften others with kindness. In India we speak of God as Mother Divine. Every mother is a manifestation of God's unconditional love. Although human mothers can be imperfect, the Divine Mother is perfect. Mothers were created by God to show us that we are loved with or without cause . . . May all the sons and daughters of the world be filled with that motherly affection which is the reflection of the Divine Mother's unconditional love; and may we give that unconditional motherly love to one another, so that we have peace and heaven on earth.
From The Awakening of Universal Motherhood by Amma, pages 44 &45
The principle of motherhood is as vast and powerful as the universe. With the power of motherhood within her, a woman can influence the entire world.
Anyone – woman or man – who has the courage to overcome the limitations of the mind can attain the state of universal motherhood. The love of awakened motherhood is a love and compassion felt not only towards one’s own children, but towards all people, animals and plants, rocks and rivers – a love extended to all of nature, all beings. Indeed, to those in whom the state of true motherhood has awakened, all creatures are their children. This love, this motherhood, is Divine Love – and that is God.