In Sanskrit, “Maya” means illusion. Something appears to be one way, but is really another. Vedanta, the ancient science and philosophy from whence yoga, meditation and Ayurveda spring, suggests that you imagine a dark night in which you think you see a snake, only to find that it was a rope; that is Maya.
While some view Maya as meaning that nothing is real, and turn this into a cold-hearted intellectual practice, others view the illusion of Maya as being Shakti, the feminine creative force of the universe, also known as the feminine face of God.
The world of names and forms is Maya. So Maya Shakti is the divine power which brings out the evolution of this present world. In this way, the maya of the koshas or layers of our existence – environment, body, mind, and spirit – on this earthly plane is experienced both as unreal and, at the same time, as the beautiful manifestations of the universal oneness: the mystery unfolding we call life. As the oldest written language, Sanskrit gives us also the primordial sounds that make up the word “matra,” the womb of creation (uterus), considered the oldest written word. These sounds form the basis of many words in all language. Words derived include all things made of matter and perceptible to the senses. Think of all the words that have this sound as their root….matter, mother, arithmetic, material, menses, meter, myth, me (meaning; mother wisdom), medah (feminine wisdom), medicine, and matrix, to name a few.
Not only the month but also many other traditions, names and concepts attest to the great age and worldwide distribution of the Goddess Maya, and her influence on all culture.
Fun, informative facts:
HISTORY: The earliest Mother’s Day celebrations can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. During the 1600′s, England celebrated a day called “Mothering Sunday”.” Mothering Sunday” honored the mothers of England.
STONE: Emeralds are traditionally thought to enhance the clairvoyance of their wearers. Traditionally, emeralds are worn to promote healing and enhance love and contentment and stimulate the heart chakra.
FLOWER: Lily of Valley is valued as a cardiac tonic and diuretic. It is used as a substitute and strongly recommended in valvular heart disease, also in cases of cardiac debility. It slows the disturbed action of a weak, irritable heart, whilst at the same time increasing its power. ~ Joyful Yoga ~ Bonita Springs, Florida
“M” is for the million things she gave me,
“O” means only that she’s growing old,
“T” is for the tears she shed to save me,
“H” is for her heart of purest gold;
“E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
“R” means right, and right she’ll always be,
Put them all together, they spell “MOTHER,”
A word that means the world to me.
- Howard Johnson
Happy Mother’s Day to all of our beautiful maternal souls!
Love always and love will always be yours,