Mother’s Day (Aamaa) – आमा
23 Apr 2020 HYN Himalayan Yoga Academy
“Maatri Devo Bhavah” Mother is Goddess.
‘Apadi mataiv sharanam’. “Mother is uttered in times of calamity”
Happy Mother’s Day to all beloved souls, Merciful Mothers and all rested peaceful Mother’s Souls.
Today is considered as the day to see the mother’s face. . This day is also addressed as Maatri-aunsee, Maatri-Divas, Maataatirtha Aunsee , आमा (मातातीर्थ औंशी) etc. Today children go to their ama’s/mum’s place to see their mother’s face. They honor their ama ( mata ) by giving her sweets and gifts.
Mata is the power of Goddess, source of feminine energy in Kundalini Yoga. She is herself source of purity, will, action, love, aliveness and full of compassion, so no need to go elsewhere and see entire Mother within you. She is always with you. Out of Tina Rina (three indebt) of Maatri (आमा) Rina, Pitri Rina, and Guru Rina; Maatri Rina (Mother’s indebt) is more priceless. All we are indebted of her. So, just Salute and Gratitude with total energy (Power, kindness, Love, compassion and Intelligence) remembering mother even not in physical form, also unseen supper compassion that energizes and awakens our absolute spirituality forever.
The Nepali version of Mother’s Day is different from the Modern world. The festival to respect and show love to one’s ama’s / mums in Nepal. People celebrate this’s day on the new moon day of Baisakh, the first month in Nepali calendar. This year, in 2020, the festival falls on April 23, 2020. The festival is commonly known as ‘Aamako Mukh Herne Din’. The literal translation of Aamako Mukh Herne Din is “the Day to see the Mother’s Face”.
The mother(आमा) carries the child in her womb for nine months and gives the birth. One cannot even imagine creation without a mother. The ama creates a selfless child by giving the baby food, water, air, nutrients, and culture rites. There is no one in the world more revered and compassionate than the ama who takes care of the baby even after birth and builds a complete personality by nurturing it.
Mother’s Day is observed as giving special emphasis to amas. Even though the holiday is not given officially in Nepal but the people celebrate with all the happiness and love towards their Mums. Mum keeps a very important place in our life. Without a ama, our life would be dull and a life without colors. Mother’s are really special to us.
We must learn to respect ama’s and should know to value ama place in our lives. Mum’s shape our lives in a definite way. We must learn the importance of mums / ama in our lives. this’s Day celebrates the spirit of motherhood.
The word mother in Sanskrit is very popular.
The meaning of the Atharva Veda, “Maatraa Bhavatu Sammanaa”, signifies the importance of the mother holding the body in the womb. ‘
Similarly, ‘Aapadi Mataiva Sharanam’ means Ama is remembered in times of calamity. If there is a fight or a collision, Ama from everyone’s mouth! The phrase comes out spontaneously because even in our subconscious mind, Mum is firmly entrenched.
It is also said-
“Maatraa samam Naasti Shareera Poshanam”. There is no one else who provides the same amount of care and nourishment for the body as the ama. This applies not only to humans but also to other creatures. The bird travels far and wide for the young to bring food to the beak even if it does not eat it. Why cows try to lick a newborn calf? Why they try to move the baby monkey, they get up in a crowd? All happens because they have the same affection for their children.
Mother’s love is unconditional and never-ending. We must celebrate this day to show appreciation for our mother. We must appreciate all the things that a mum has done to us. Mum’s have been called the glue that sticks the family together but the glue I often underappreciated.
There is no one else in the world who loves a creature like a mother. The virtues of such a mother cannot be described in words. Creation has got continuity through ama’s sacrifice, penance and sacrifice. Since creation is not possible without the mother, the child should always be grateful to the mother.
It is said that no one can repay these three debts like ama’s loan i.e. mother’s loan, father’s loan and master loan etc. However, the burden of mother’s loan can be lightened to some extent by showing heartfelt respect to the ama.
The mother-आमा- is the earth because she nurtures and protects the children with endurance like the earth. No one is more likely to love a child as a mum would for no reason. Therefore, respecting the mother is the first duty of the child. In order to fulfill this duty, it is customary in Nepali society to look at the mother’s face every year on Mother’s Day.
The story connected with Matatirtha Day- Saabhaar
The seventh incarnation of Lord Vishnu, Myrada Purushoktam, came to Matatirtha one day while walking in the tram of exile. Seeing him as unfamiliar and new, the locals attacked him. As a result, a fierce battle broke out between Ram and the locals. Due to the war, both sides became anxious with thirst.
At the same time, Sita also felt thirsty. While searching for water, Lord Rama praised Ganga as no water was found anywhere.
‘Mata Gangasamo Tirtha Pita Pushkar Me Vach:’
After chanting the mantra three times, Rama shot an arrow at the ground and a pool of water was formed at the place where the arrow hit. There, Sita ji had a vision of the whole universe. When she got a vision of the universe, her form reached imaged on the stone in the pool.
According to another story,
IN Dewapar Yuga, a time thousands of years ago, an orphan shepherd boy was eating his lunch. While sitting beside the Matatirtha pond and eating bread, he accidentally dropped a piece of bread in the pond. As he tried to grab the bread from the pond, he saw his own mother’s face on the reflection. He was pleasantly surprised to see his dead ama’s lovely face in the pond.
He was so happy to see the face that he started crying. By coincidence, the day was the new moon day of Baisakh. The mum image in the pond told the boy not to cry and told that she was always with the son. She also promised to meet him every year, on the same day at that same location.
When other people in the village heard about the story from the shepherd boy, they also rushed to the pond. All those who looked into the pond saw their mum in the reflection. Although this is a fable and nobody actually sees images in their ama’s in the reflection of water. Thousands of people go to the place to pay respect to their ama. It is the strong moral faith and really makes people honour their self.
To give an image to worship, a statue of a woman named ‘Aama’ has also been constructed in the place.