Every person in this world has a mother. No one can claim that he or she is not born to a mother. The entire creation depends on motherhood for its renewal. Parentage starts with a woman and continues with womanhood.
For its inception, humanity owes its restocking to the fair half. This is the law of nature and this is the concept of life.
However there are very rare instances, when a woman was born, not from a womb, but from a crystallisation of pure energy.
Motherhood sprouted from a synthesis of power and grace, passion and compassion, surprisingly beautiful and surpassingly fearful; in fact a fusion of the raw elements of Nature, to produce a refined personality of eternity.
When the demon Banda brought damage and devastation to the world, disturbing its stability, the people prayed to the gods for rescue and relief. The three Divinities, as they are called in ancient scriptures, came together. From their foreheads issued massive quantum of energy, power and light which merged into a feminine from of magnitude splendor and beauty.
The Trinity then adorned this Divine Lady with all the attributes of benevolence and terror - the former to reward the pious, the latter to punish the brute.
This "Young Mother" is praised and revered as "Nava Durga" or "Bhuvaneshwari" i.e. rules of the universe, and also as "Nirmatha" i.e, the Motherless Mother.
Source: Acharya Ratnananda, Tales for the Young and the Old
Vedic Wisdom: The Challenge
Many of us are aware that the great sages of India were erudite scholars in metaphysics; yet not many of us are aware that saints are also renowned Pundits in Vedic Science.
They designed and built aeroplanes and spaceships, utilised solar energy for various purposes, mapped the heavens and photographed and landscapes, discovered the chemistry of solids, liquids and gases.
They conducted intricate surgical operations; and researches in human metabolism.
Information on more of such works lie scattered in many places in India, China, Nepal and Germany. The library in Munich contains many thousands of Sanskrit manuscripts, and so does the Sanskrit University at Varanasi.
The Central Library in Peking has a vast collection of Vedic literatures. The Scientific heritage of India must be unearthed and exposed to the glare of the world. There lies our challenge as also our opportunity.
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