Promised to carry you
In her womb
Promised to protect you
In her arms
Promised to love you
In her heart
She buried her happiness
Under your smile
Her ambitions were a sacrifice
Under your success
Patting your head to sleep
And cooking your favourite meal
She is the unsung hero of your life
Through heartbreaks and contentments
She cried and smiled with you
Through collapse and triumph
She stood by your side
Irreplaceable and priceless
Who stood guard to your fortress
She is your Mother
A lonely heart resides in an empty nest
A mother’s anguish cannot be expressed.
My little bird has grown wings
It is time to cut those apron strings.
Fly high to seek the heights of success
Surf the stormy waves, defeat those who try to oppress.
Dive into the endless ocean of knowledge
Work hard to seek it, to perfect it to have an edge.
Look not back – ride ahead, make your future bright
I shall be behind you to support you outright.
Full of surprises for me, always, whenever I needed it
My mother forgot her struggles and her pain at that time
When I started murmuring for my things, she gave them with a cheerful smile on her face
The purity of which, you can never measure with a scale at all
I share with you my love and you share your love with me
My Mother though it is your day today, you have no rest
You are going on working with all my ears deaf, for what you are doing for me even today
And I do away with what I want
I forgot the invaluable possession
The mother’s immortal love
That’s the precious thing than anything else in this world
My mother, you are waiting for me
You want to let me know, how much you love me
And Mom, you want to tell me in my ears the mantra of love
Nothing else but the mother’s love
Long live mother’s Love
Maa, The Lord took the fragrance of the flower,
which aromates as high as the tower,
Maa, you are the majesty of a Tree,
which spreads across boundless, so free,
Maa, you are the gentleness of the morning dew,
which are only a few,
Maa, you are the calmness of the quite sea,
which makes one unseemingly glee,
Maa, you are the beauty of the twilight hour,
the cuty of the brightest flower,
Maa, you are the laughter of the roaring river,
and have the power of the caring giver,
Maa, you are the grace of a bird in the flight,
and the knower of what is right,
Maa, you are as tender and beautiful as the Lotus flower,
Maa, you are my Dear Sweet Lord,
Maa, you are the depth of the child’s need! (Maa bachon ki jaan hote hai!),
Maa, you are more than the master peice of the creation of the mighty Lord!
That’s why he simply named you , Maa!
It may be broken with dust
It may lost it’s beauty and strength
It is precious and too valuable to me
Cause it was her throne
She ruled this home
On sitting in that chair.
She loved that chair as her kid
She passed her leisures and passed orders from her throne
It is broken a chair and
It recollects my mother’s handicapped legs
To think her forever,
We will preserve
This chair forever.
It had looked to me always like some kind of a furnace
Designed for some kind of sacred ritual;
Before the noisy ‘pump’ stove that gave us arm-aches
Before the ‘wick’ and kerosene model that made our fingers burn with blisters
Trying to pull up the wicks through the metal tubes.
Before the sparkling stainless steel
‘Best Flame’ came to my mother’s Kitchen
After many years of a better income.
The simple firewood stove made out of bricks and cement
And a coat of ‘Gobi’*
Meal after meal she made upon it,
Ignoring watering eyes and pouring sweat,
Complaint-less, performing the sacred ritual of preparing
Food for her family.
Every year a day before the 10th of Muharram**
After her evening prayers,
The stove was given a fresh coat of red mud-paste
To herald in the New Year***;
The color stuck to her hands for days…
And in my memory
All these years.
* Gobi – Whitewash with yellow pigment in it; the overall effect is orange
** 10th of Muharram : considered the heralding of the Muslim New Year.
Considered an auspicious date for new beginnings
*** New Year : the 10th of the month of ‘Muharram’ marks the beginning of the
Muslim New Year in the Islamic Calendar
(I take fantasy flights to the higher world of planets and stars
and the lower world of bacteria in the virtual reality of print and electronic media,
and return, now and then, to Mother Earth and ask her,
to Give me a fistful grains of sanity for my survival.)
My Earth begins here
From the soil below my feet
Wherever when I’m there.
Up ‘n up the vision ascending
Round ‘n round horizons holding
High ‘n high on Himalayas’ cliff.
Here, the ego of rumbling cliff ocean
Dissolve, evaporate now and then
Vanish in the soil, in the air.
Enough is the warmth in heart
To embrace new horizons;
Expands my selfhood now and then.
Sound bond with the soil holds
Whole Earth in a quarter of a ‘roti’;
Recognition retained in a square foot
Soil below my feet.
(Translation from the original in Marathi by the author)
1. ‘Fistful of grain’: In my native village until fifty years ago there were no beggars.
Only the mendicants, ascetics, sadhus came to the households asking for alms.
They were offered at least a fistful of grains, not coins.
There was not much of currency. Now there are rich as well as poor beggars everywhere.
2. ‘Roti’: is Indian flat bread baked on burnt clay or iron plate, usually concave in shape.
Mother is the source and symbol of love for mankind;
Mother’s day helps to remember the value of her duty;
She does everything without expecting anything in return;
So, the image of mother is the personification of love.
Assisting Sri Aurobindo, Mira Alfassa became the mother
To materialise his philosophy for the salvation of mankind;
To set his life divine in action, she laid the foundation; and
Auroville, the city of dawn brings humanity to live together.
Before his mother, Christ endured torture before crufixion;
His body blood blotted out by her in the clothe bore his image,
To reveal his personality ever to the posterity in the world;
By doing so the mother has become the God first before God.
Lakshmi, Sakti and Saraswati symbolise wealth, power and knowledge
Only Mother Earth bears the brunt of war and violence of mankind;
For everything mother comes first before the realisation of man;
So, without the hen, how could the egg have come into the world?
Oh my mother your children fights for your crown
They are blind when the crown shines brighter
They fight each other when they’re blind
They try to gouge out each of their eyes in vengeance
They fight for their own mother’s crown
Mother looks helplessly at her children
She wanted to bequeath her crown to her children
But alas she got only one crown but many children
To whom should she hand over the crown and put him on the throne?
Mother got this dilemma and children started wrangling
None of her children thought it looks much better on their mother’s head
As it decorates their loveable mother
One day thereon mother said to her wrangling children
Do away with this crown and threw it in a turbulent sea
In the midst of the preying eyes of their children
The sea swallowed it at one stroke
They started cursing their mother in one voice
Mother is happy as they forgot their fighting for a while
I have more precious thing to give you than the crown
It is invaluable than anything in the world
If you invest it more your returns will be more
It is more powerful and never fades
I can share it to all of you my children
What’s it? What’s it? Children asked in one voice
It is flowing in your body invisibly
It is there in all your body in your veins and in your blood
That’s my love to you my children
The purity of which you cannot measure
I share with you my love and you share your love with me and every one
It has gone to the deaf ears
Her children said in one voice
Do away with what you got
Keep it with you and we don’t want it
And all of them jumped into the deep sea
In search of the mortally precious crown
None of her children returned back with the crown
All of them drowned in the sea with their greed
They forgot the invaluable possession
The mother’s immortal love
That’s the precious thing than anything else in the world
She is waiting for you
She want to breast feed you
And tell you in your ears the mantra of love
Nothing else but mother’s love
Long live mother’s Love
O lovely home-maker;
The soap of joy she lathers,
Whilst the sinister fire she smothers.
It’s his goal, yet SHE ran,
For behind every man is a woman.
She may fondle, she may chide,
Only to be an eternal guide-
By the day she works harder and harder,
Just to prove none but ‘woman’ is the best manager!