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In the magnificent month of May, we bring our awareness to the gifts of creation and motherhood, and we celebrate the loving souls who brought us into this world ― our mothers. Whether we were raised in Papua New Guinea or New York City, the energy of the divine mother made it possible for each of us to emerge from the field of pure potentiality into the manifest world.
This month honors the mother, the earth, and the goddess Shakti, a popular and powerful archetype that embodies the feminine aspect of creation. In Hinduism, Shakti is the divine mother who gives birth to and nurtures new life, whether a newborn baby, a brand-new relationship, a fresh idea, or a magical manifestation.
Although Shakti transcends the boundaries of gender, form, and race, she is called the divine mother because she’s considered the source of all creation. Shakti, a name that means “sacred force” or “creative principle,” represents the all-pervading energy that creates our universe and all the beings who occupy it.
In the Hindu pantheon, each of the major female deities possesses an aspect of Shakti’s energy: the goddess Parvati epitomizes the feminine energy of love, devotion, and protection. Saraswati, whose name translates as “the flowing one,” is the power that represents wisdom, learning, and musical expression. And Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth, purity, and generosity. Without their divine energy, there would be no existence; without their nurturing love, there would be no tenderness and joy.
We wish all the mothers in our readership the happiest of Mother’s Days!