The Great Mother
Dec 09, 1996 05:23 AM
by Ann E. Bermingham
> Date: Sat, 7 Dec 1996 18:51:34 -0600 (CST)
> From: "m.k. ramadoss" <email@example.com>
> Subject: Re: THEOS-L digest 750
> Well said. Have not you heard of the story that one of the most famous
> and decorated soldiers in recent US history, Gen MacArthur was always
> deferential to his mother close to being afraid of her.
> In the ancient Indian tradition, when one gives up everything that
> ties one, money, power, name, fame irrevocably when one becomes a monk,
> there is only one exception. His relationship with his mother. A monk is
> not permitted to enter into anyone's house including that of which was
> his own prior to his becoming a monk. But when his mother dies, he is
> allowed to do the final rites to his mother. That bond or gratitude is
> something that cannot be broken no matter.
Thanks for the great story, Doss. I had a thought that one's mother is
also a biological symbol of the larger Mother, the Mother Earth, the
created Universe, the material world, that gives us what is necessary to
evolve and reach a higher consciousness.
It has often been said that the abuse of the environment is like abusing
one's own mother. Perhaps the sadness and symbolism of men who
abuse women is that they are destroying the very thing that they need
to make them whole. Those who abuse and deride the symbols of
the feminine principle are really abusing half of their own psyche and are
on a path of self-destruction.
-Ann E. Bermingham
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