A tribute to mother by Bishwa Nath Singh, Coordinator of Global Peace and Universal Brotherhood(Social & Voluntary movement).
The mother is defined as one woman who has conceived and given birth to a child or raised a child in the role of a Parent with all her love and care. Just because of the complexity and differences of a mother's social, cultural, and religious definitions and roles, it is challenging to define a mother to suit a universally accepted definition. The male equivalent is known as a father. Mother is one who nurtures her infant child in her womb for nine months and brings the newly born child hence forth to enjoy the supreme blessing on earth called life. Mother is one who guides one through infancy and turns the soft, helpless creature to the powerful and successful youth. She is known as the guardian angel protecting and supporting her child with feeling of own ness and nursing and serving her child silently always with a smile on her face in spite of her great hardship. She prides herself watching her child grow and provides her child a shoulder to cry on whenever the newly born child is in need of doing so to have his/her comforts. The mother is known as every child's best friend and for a child, every day should be a Mother’s Day. The essence of the meaning of Mother's Day is in the fact that we should try and make this day every year a memorable one for our mother who had given birth to us besides rearing and grooming us so well that we stand on our own legs. The mother should cherish the special feeling of this day and the intensity of that feeling should last her for her entire life time. It is the day to remember, and pray for that special person in our life, without whom we would not have been, what we are today; a day to prove that all her efforts, towards making us a complete person It becomes our prime duty to make our mother feel proud for us. In the broader sense of the term, My most loving mother had passed away on August 6, 2010 and her last rites was performed a day later on at Marnkalika Ghat of Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh State of India as per Hindu rites amidst chanting of Vedic Mantras. Mother's Day is a day to be grateful to God for being so kind as to bless us with an angel in the form of Mother. None can replace mother on this earth who loves her children more than her precious life. Almost nearly nine months have passed since my mother had parted us to go into her heavenly abode but hardly there is a day that we do not remember her great qualities and pay our humble obeisance to her lotus feet. Let us join to pay our humble obeisance to her lotus feet and offer our respectable homage to her who was constantly one who was a great guide and teacher to us! On this worldly earth, everything is myth save and except the holy mother who happens to be incarnation of God and that is why we often shout slogan of “ Bharat Mata Ki Jay(Victory to mother India).Mother Teresa is one name that can never be forgotten who is widely addressed as holy mother Mother Teresa was born on August 27,1910 in Skopje,Macedonia whose original name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu who was the youngest of the children born to Nikola and Drane Bojaxhiu. Her father was a successful merchant and she was youngest of the three siblings. She received her First Communion at the age of five and a half and was confirmed in November 1916. From the day of her First Holy Communion, a love for souls was within her. Her father’s sudden death when Gonxha was about eight years old left in the family in financial straits. Drane had raised her children firmly and lovingly, greatly influencing her daughter’s character and vocation. Gonxha’s religious formation was further assisted by the vibrant Jesuit parish of the Sacred Heart in which she was much involved. At the age of twelve, she decided that she wanted to be a missionary and spread the love of Christ. At the age of eighteen she hadleft her parental home in Skopje and joined the Sisters of Loreto, an Irish community of nuns with missions in India. There she received the name Sister Mary Teresa after St. Thérèse of Lisieux. After few months of training at the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Dublin Mother Teresa came to India on 6 January 1929. On May 24, 1931, she took her initial vows as a nun. From 1931 to 1948, Mother Teresa taught geography and catechism at St. Mary's High School in Calcutta. On May 24, 1937, Sister Teresa made her Final Profession of Vows, becoming, as she said, the “spouse of Jesus” for “all eternity.” From that time on she was called Mother Teresa. She continued teaching at St. Mary’s and in 1944 became the school’s principal. A person of profound prayer and deep love for her religious sisters and her students, Mother Teresa’s twenty years in Loreto were filled with profound happiness. Noted for her charity, unselfishness and courage, her capacity for hard work and a natural talent for organization, she lived out her consecration to Jesus, in the midst of her companions, with fidelity and joy. The whole of Mother Teresa’s life and labour bore witness to the joy of loving, the greatness and dignity of every human person, the value of little things done faithfully and with love, and the surpassing worth of friendship with God. On March 13, 1997, Mother Teresa stepped down from the head of Missionaries of Charity. On 5 September Mother Teresa’s earthly life came to an end. She died on September 5, 1997, just 9 days after her 87th birthday. She was given the honor of a state funeral by the Government of India and her body was buried in the Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity. Her tomb quickly became a place of pilgrimage and prayer for people of all faiths, rich and poor alike. Mother Teresa left a testament of unshakable faith, invincible hope and extraordinary charity She had honor to receive a number of awards and distinctions. Numerous awards, beginning with the Indian Padmashri Award in 1962 and notably the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, honored her work, while an increasingly interested media began to follow her activities. She received both prizes and attention “for the glory of God and in the name of the poor.” These include the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize (1971), Nehru Prize for Promotion of International Peace & Understanding (1972), Balzan Prize (1978), Nobel Peace Prize (1979) and Bharat Ratna (1980).Had she not discharged her duties as true mother to sick, depressed, physically handicapped, and lepers, she won’t have been bestowed with so much of her honor. Even today, her memorial has become place of pilgrimage for many visiting tourists drawn from far and wide every now and then to pay their respect to her memories.. Let us mould ourselves to truly very lovable son of our mother and remain in service to her in her old days as she had nursed us during our childhood! It is the day of dedication and should be spent in remembrance of good qualities of our mother and resolve to follow her teachings to do well and be good to others during our life-time both in our thoughts and actions..
-By Bishwa Nath Singh.
( Three Photos -1.Photo of my mother who had passed away on August 6,2010 at the age of Nintety five. 2. Photo of Bharat Mata (Mother India) is the national personification of India as a mother goddess who was formed with the Indian independence movement of the late 19th century and 3. Photo of Mother Teresa (1910-1997), (born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu), was a Roman Catholic nun who founded the Missionaries of Charity and came to personify compassion and caring for fellow humans during the 20th century.
Bishwa Nath Singh .:
Let us not forget our mother who had helped us put a smile on our face and made us feel special always, now its our turn to make her feel very special on this eve of mother’s day by paying our respectful homage and floral tribute to her! Our humble obeisance to the lotus feet of Our mother,Bharat Mata(Mother India) and Mother Teresa on the eve of Mother's Day that is being celebrated on Sunday,the 8th of May 2011 with gaiety and respect all over our country!