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So Am I the Divine Shakti?

Updated: Nov 15, 2023

5 years ago I wrote this post in my blog about my late mother who died in 2016.

In this I quoted a discourse from Sathya Sai Baba.

‘The supreme Shakti manifests herself in the form of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Durga grants us energy. Lakshmi bestows on us wealth of many kinds. And Saraswati bestows on us intelligence. Your own mother is the combination of all these Divine beings.( Durga, Lakshmi and Sarawswati are Hundu goddesses)

Your mother provides you with energy, wealth and intelligence. She constantly desires our advancement in life. So she represents all the three goddesses that we worship. Recognising your mother as the very embodiment of all divine forces, show reverence to her and treat her with love. ‘

Reading this quote really helped me to mourn my mother at the time.

This morning while I was meditating, a thought came to my mind out of nowhere. (I wasn’t thinking about my mother)

‘I am a mother myself. So does it mean I am the combination of the divine goddesses? Am I the embodiment of supreme Shakti herself?’

This suddenly filled my heart with love and gratitude to my children. Like any parent, I sacrificed much time and material resources without even thinking about sacrifice. In times of difficulties (as all parents experience) I was most patient and understanding. They helped me to be the most loving, caring and kind person I could be.

The late 18th century spiritual giant Ramakrishna said that babies are born with love which is installed in parents’ heart. Indeed, the power I had was not my power but it came from the divine inner love, and the love was what they helped me to tap into. They helped me to connect with the divine love I was born with. The divinity we all have but we hardly ever realise.

Louise Hay’s affirmation says ‘In the centre of my being, there is an infinite well of love’. This love she talks about is the same as the divine love.

The essence of Hindu teaching is the doctrine of Atman, the soul. The soul (Atman, Self) is divine, and is separate from not just from our body but also from our mind. We have divinity inside us (actually we are nothing but divinity), but we suffer because we are disconnected from our divine identity. We have forgotten who we really are.

We parents are lucky, because it’s very easy to connect with our inner love through children. But perhaps it’s not just children. When we love friends, lovers, spouse, family, or even pets, we tap into this source. Aren’t we all our bestest of the best when we really love?

When we connect with humanity or social cause, we feel immense power and passion and indeed, love. Two people I love and admire most are Nelson Mandela and Greta Thunberg. Mandela’s unhuman power of persistence and forgiveness must come from the same divine source inside. The supreme clarity of Greta’s speech and action is another example. I think Greta is Avatar of Vishnu anyway, but that’s another discussion. (Vishnu incarnates as a human Avatar when dharma ,righteousness of the mankind, is declined).

With this wonderful insight I had today, I must also remember it’s so easy to forget this connection and get lost in our ‘normal’ lives. That’s why we must meditate every day.

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