As I read the topic for this week…RICH…I set about wondering as to what is it that makes us ‘rich’, or feel rich? One may have all the money in the world or one may be the most powerful being in this world, but, does it make that person truly rich? Money and power are material….and, you need to be in the good books of Lady Luck to be blessed by these material riches. But, can one guarantee the permanence of these riches in one’s life? Do these make us better human beings? Do these riches guarantee complete happiness and peace of mind, satisfaction and the love and respect of people around us? That’s when a line from an old Marathi poem that I heard in my childhood came to my mind…
Swami teenhi jagaancha….
Aai vina bhikaari.
It means, the Lord of the three worlds is but a beggar without a mother.
This line is from the poem ‘Prem swaroop aai’, by poet Madhav Julian.
And, how true is it! Isn’t it a fact that a mother is the one who truly enriches our life like no other material wealth ever can? It is the mother who brings us into this world, nurtures us, cares for us, showers us with her unconditional love. She moulds us into fine individuals with an identity of our own. She arms us with knowledge and righteousness that help us find our own place in this world.
It is she who encourages us as we take our first step towards our goal and holds our hand, being the silent ( and the strongest ) supporter, as we brave the storms that we face on our journey. We may not know it or realise it, but it is only because of our mother’s blessings that we manage to succeed in life and in turn gain all the so-called riches of the world! Had it not been for our mothers, where would we be? We would still be groping in the dark, faltering at every step without a pillar of strength to hold on to in times of need.
For me, it is my MOTHER who makes me feel RICH! I may not have all the money or the power in the world, but I know for a fact that I will always have my mother and her blessings with me.
This post that I have so proudly written is also because of her! I was pretty confused about the the correct source of the above poetry! When I asked my mother about it’s poet, she dropped all the work she was busy with and promptly set about in clearing my confusion! Had it not been for her, my post would have been incomplete and uninteresting!
Thank you, Aai! Thank you for enriching my life! I am what I am because YOU loved me!