Mother

5th February…

A day of rememberance…

Why so?

Vivid memories of the mother who passed away on the 30th… A long selfless and devoted journey… Being the consort of a great human being must have been very tough but She took it in her strides and made it look easy… Taiji (Nirmalatai Athavale – consort of Shree Pandurang Shashtriji Athavale) will always remain in my heart and also in the hearts of many of my generations…

I very clearly remember that in school, when I was in STD 8th, took part in a tableau competition… Was to play the announcer… Being a Gujarati and studying in a convent has its own problems… Pronunciations play a major part… I still remember my teacher sitting besides me to work on my pronunciations… I was not getting one word right, ‘Mother’… She must have worked on it for hours and got to make me pronounce it right… I was very annoyed at that age. Why is she doing this with me? What difference does it make?… I realised it later when we won and stood first in the competition just by 1/2 a mark and the judges appreciating my pronunciations… That was the material gain… But just a few years back I realised it’s spiritual importance… Taiji’s care, love, alertness and selflessness personifies the word ‘Mother’ for me today…

Mother the relation today signifies selfless love… The care, the sternness with which I was brought up is what I am today… My wife many a times tells me that you are a reflection of your mother… Yes, I am… I may not be able to explain it to anyone but every women will realise when she grows to become a mother and see her own reflection in her child…

Remembering all the Mother’s of the world and will always be grateful to them… Humanity thrives because of the Mother…

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Mahatma…

Don’t know how to begin… A sad day for India… 30th January Martyrs Day here in India… The day the Mahatma was killed in cold blood… Cannot support the thought of killing him… My ‘namaskaar’ to the ultimate sacrifice…

At the same time, do think that what would have happened if the Mahatma had lived? Am confident that he would have done some constructive work in India… Revered Pandurang Shastriji Athavale (founder of Swadhyay movement) believes so…

Villages and cottage industry are/were the hub of economics in just liberated India. That was overlooked in the race of technological revolution. The 5 year plans were a complete hogwash to misguide us, Indians. From the day of independence, successive governments talk of development and technology, but do they care for Humanity? The cradle of Humanity, the Indian civilisation, is lost in all this…

So on this day, remembering and saluting all who in their own small way tried to contribute to Humanism. Maybe this is the only way to remember the Mahatma…

Asatoma Sadgamaya

Tamasoma Jyotirgamaya

Mrutyorma Amrutamgamaya…