The Original Mother’s Day

Written By: Sujantra

“She is the giver of form.” –Prasna Upanishad

The most ancient of Indian yogic texts are contained in the Upanishads. They are made up of stories many centered around the quest for understanding the mysteries of life.

In one of these writings, the Prasna Upanishad, Kapabandi asks his teacher Pippalada how all the creatures of the universe came into being.

The teachers explain that there are two energies at the heart of existence: Prana, the primal energy, and Rayi the giver of form. These two are associated with masculine, Prana, and feminine, Rayi, and it is by the co-mingling of the two that the creatures come into existence.

Likewise, in the mythological stories of India the three stages of existence: creation (birth), preservation (life being sustained,) and transformation(death) are represented by Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva who have a feminine counterpart in Saraswati, Mahalakshmi and Kali. It takes the dual role of masculine and feminine to create, sustain, and transform.

To honor the feminine whether in the form of one’s own mother or in the universal form is an opportunity to connect to the essence of life, which is to have the opportunity to have a form and a moment in time in which to enjoy the bliss of existence.

Sujantra teaches Yoga 1 on Mondays and Wednesdays, and Meditation on Tuesdays. He also participates in Musical Meditation on Thursdays.



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