In yogic tradition, Saraswati is goddess of knowledge. Like an ever-knowing mother, she brings wisdom to her children. Saraswati is also known as a great river that saved the world from destruction. When fire was consuming the earth she leaped from her place in the heavens and sacrificed herself to nourish and protect the world. Much like our own mothers that selflessly surrender their love for our benefit.
For Mother’s Day we celebrate the divine feminine: creator, giver of life, mother. To those mothers that were, are, or will be, we offer our gratitude and love.
My mother and grandmothers are vital to who I am and who I am becoming. When I reflect on their gifts, my heart pours with gratitude. I am blessed to have been nourished by the divine waters of the woman that have come before me.
My mom is my best friend; she always offers inspiration, guidance, and acceptance. She demonstrates non-judgment, self-respect, adventure, and optimism. She is selfless in her generosity and brimming with divine love.
My grandma Lois teaches me that the divine spirit is in me, that I can speak with the spirit anytime and that I may offer, not only my suffering, but also my work to the Lord. She personifies grace and abundance.
My grandma Therese passed away last week, but the divine gifts she gave continue to flow to me. She always offered me encouragement to be my authentic self. She taught me to find joy and laughter in each day. Through her years of cancerous pain and suffering, she revealed the power of courage and resilience.
The river of divine feminine knowledge flows to each of us. In his book, Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times, Bhava Ram states that, “The more we ponder the blessings in our lives the more that will come to mind.”
Take a moment to meditate on Saraswati, the river of knowledge and Divine life. Reflect on your river, on the gifts your mother has given you, on your own divine gifts, and on discovering what you are offering the river so those that come after you may drink of the river’s abundance.