April 23, 2021
|For your prayer and reflection this Mother's Day:
Mother’s Day can bring up a myriad of emotions in us.
On the one hand, we celebrate those mothers in our life
who have nurtured, shaped, and guided us
with their love and wisdom.
Some of us, whose mothers fell short of the love we hoped for as a child,
might find this weekend a time of grief and sorrow.
At their best,
mothers simply reflect the unconditional love of the Divine.
As many mothers tell me, something “switches on”
and they access a depth of love
never known before.
It is not us doing the loving.
To the extent that we love unconditionally,
it is God loving through us.
We are but instruments of that beautiful, nurturing, comforting love and light
that flows through us.
Mothers embody that love so fully
because they get out of their own way-
it is no longer an ego-bound love,
for me alone!
When you give birth to a child,
you give your entire life to that child.
What other than self-giving, self-emptying love
could constantly change diapers,
and get up at all hours of the night
to offer comfort and support?
God is the doer.
In all of our mothers, whether living or dead,
may we not endlessly grieve their faults,
or their death (for those who have passed).
As Paramhansa Yogananda wrote in a poem
as he grieved his mother’s death (in Whispers From Eternity):
“Often I discovered safety
In the harbor of those two eyes.
Now death- a life-disrupting earthquake-
Has removed from me forever
Those dream-sheltering eyes…
Storm-driven, the boat of my life,
Now motherless, is without a rudder.
Therefore, now, my boat sails on through unknown regions,
Searching through sea and sky
For those two lost, dark eyes…
Seeking those two eyes
In memories of past births and deaths
In countless lives and in countless broken dreams
In lands both known and unknown,
At last I found my mother’s eyes
In the all-penetrating eyes of my Divine Mother.
Divine Mother’s countless black eyes
Pervaded all space and gazed at me from all hearts,
They lurked at the cores of all planets,
And shone with supportive love from all stars.
Within and outside of everything,
Those two dark eyes gazed at me tenderly-
Seeking, ever-seeking my departed mother,
I found the Deathless Mother of the universe.
What I had lost in my earthly mother’s death
I found again, forever, in my Cosmic Mother.
My human mother’s dear, lost black eyes
I found smiling at me tenderly
From the heart of all space,
And at the soundless center of all atoms.
“I asked my Mother Divine-
‘Oh, How cruelly, carelessly, without warning
Didst Thou strip away the diamond
Of my mother’s love from the ring of my heart!
Why, Mother? How couldst Thou have hurt me so?’
Of my Divine Mother then spoke,
Thrilling my inner firmament:
Many times have I fed thee with milk
From the breasts of many mothers.
This time, the loving black eyes of your mother,
Though lost for a little while,
Were no one else but I, My very Self.”
Our Agape Core Visioning team has decided, based on the conditions we outlined in late 2020, that we are ready to begin gathering for outdoor services and events in June (with the proper precautions, which we will share in future emails). Yay! Stay tuned for more details in future weeks as we finalize details for June and this summer.
With joy in giving thanks for the love of all those who have mothered us,