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The core pillar of Vedic Dharma is Matruvat Paradareshu – All women are my mother. Even husband and wife are supposed to love each other in same manner as a cow loves its newborn calf.
To regard a woman as deserving anything except the respect that we accord to our mother is a recipe for doom. To depict or exploit women for lustful purpose deserves harshest punishment as per Vedas. A society that commoditizes women is bound to breed terrorism, violence, hatred, tragedies, fear and death. The best example is the world today.
Western world, with its obsession for immoral lifestyle, is becoming a society of maniacs and psychopaths. The Muslim world is becoming breeding ground for terrorists and fanatics because women are not allowed to have competence and authority to act as first teachers of the child. Hindus are a society of contradictions. Though they know their foundations of Vedas vaguely, the genes of slavery for 1000 years and tendency to seek solutions from outside rather than inside make Hindus as hypocritical as the western world. Thus while Hindus would agree to consider woman as mother, many a fools would go to any length to prohibit for woman the right to recite Vedas or perform rituals. Due to such a mindset, it is a matter of utter shame that the land that preserved Vedas for millenniums cannot boast of better quality of life, status and education for women compared to men.
Vedic code of law asserts that punishment is more severe for the more capable. Thus it is perfectly in sync with natural laws that Bharat aka India is among the most spineless nations of the world. What more can you expect from the land of sages when half the female population is illiterate, gender ratio is significantly skewed, bigamy laws are virtually non-enforceable, rape does not carry death-penalty and even ministers indulge in such acts and even educated women are denied rights to study Vedas by those claiming to be defendants of Dharma. And that when symbolically woman is worshipped as Goddess in popular mythology!
Vedas however have a different stand. As per Vedic Dharma, the first and foremost criteria for success of a society is that women are accorded the high respect thatthey rightly deserve. Without that eventhe otherwise noble deeds would be fruitless. The Vedic Woman has to be respected as Mother. Period.
Saraswati, Mata, Usha, Aditi or Devi do not refer to some divine forms that no one ever witnessed. On contrary, they refer to the woman living on this earth. It is mark of a fool to discard the diamonds in his home and pray for pebbles to be showered from skies!
So instead of offering dhoop to a Durga sitting on a lion, society would be performing true worship of the divine if it works to make each woman among us into a brave warrior and leader. Instead of offering batasha to a Saraswati sitting on a lotus, we need to work towards nurturing Vedic experts from woman who enlighten the society and stay above the garbage of society like on a lotus. Instead of chanting ‘Jai Mata Di’, we need to proclaim loudly and proudly that we would respect ALL women as our mothers through thoughts, words and actions – regardless of age, caste, religion, geography etc.
The status of woman as MOTHER, in Vedic culture, is accorded not only to an aged lady or someone who has a physical child but to a female in general – be she a child, girl, youth or elderly. This is because a woman acts as mother in a variety to ways beyond biological motherhood. The family or society becomes worth civilized living because of presence of woman. Criminal or immoral tendencies are significantly reduced due to woman. If you review any statistics on crimes, narcotics, abusive language, violence etc, this fact would become evident. A woman brings us gift of noble innate qualities. It is upon all of us now to decide whether to benefit from them or plan our own destruction by refusing to respect the motherly woman.
Here are a few mantras from Vedas on glory of Woman – the Mother. May we take inspiration from them and accord all women the respect that they rightly deserve. And may all women inspire themselves to get rid of all ignorant acts and rise up to fulfill the great responsibility that they owe to the society.
Rigveda 10.17.10: O Mothers! Purify us with your compassion, understanding and enlightenment. The women cleanse us all from all our sins, corruption and defects. We come out firm, pure and noble from their blessed company.
Yajurveda 6.17: O pure and blessing Mothers! Cleanse us all from sins, immorality and pollution. Purge us from falsehood, hatred, jealousy and frustrations.
Yajurveda 6.31: O pure and blessing Mothers! Satisfy our mind, speech, life, eyes, ears, soul and society with nobleness.
Atharvaveda 3.13.7: O pure and blessing Mothers! I am your beloved son. O powerful mother, please guide me towards fulfillment of my noble aspirations.
Rigveda 6.61.7: O enlightening Mother! You have the potential to destroy the evil. You have a character as pure as gold. You have the potential to destroy the clouds of frustrations and doubt. You are brave and you only aspire for our well-being and success! We are indeed blessed!
Atharvaveda 7.68.2: O enlightening Mother! May you always shower your blessings in form of peace, happiness and success. May you always be pleased with us and may we never conduct any act that excludes us from your blessing gaze.
Rigveda 1.113.6: O enlightening blessing Mother! May you inspire us into the path of valor and protection of nation, society and world. May you inspire us to conduct vigorous efforts for well-being of all. May you inspire us to conduct selfless noble deeds or Yajna. May you inspire us to seek economic prosperity for all of us through sustainable means. May you inspire us to enlighten the entire society with knowledge. May you do so for entire world regardless of false divisions of gender, geography, birth, beliefs, religions etc.
Rigveda 1.113.19: O life-giving enlightening Mother! May all noble people respect you and you guide them as mother. May you be the protector of society, nation and world. May you glow as the flag of all noble, virtuous and spiritual actions. May you eradicate the darkness of ignorance through the brilliance of your knowledge. May you teach us Vedic wisdom in actions and emotions. May you be mother for entire world and provide us new birth through knowledge and compassion. In this manner, lead us into the path of glory and prosperity.
Rigveda 7.75.2: O enlightening Mother! Inspire us into the path of the noble ones and gift us with success. Guide us into tremendous glory and enormous prosperity through virtuous deeds. With your blessings, may we desire for fame that comes through noble actions. And do it RIGHT NOW!
Rigveda 7.77.4:O enlightening Mother! Cleanse us of the feeling of enmity within us. Strengthen the path of generosity and eradicate all meanness from us. Thus, bring us prosperity and inspire us into the path of success through positivity.
Rigveda 8.18.6: O pure-hearted noble Mother! Gift us with intellect and emotional quotient. Get rid of our hypocrisy. Cleanse us of our sins and inspire us to conduct noble acts in all circumstances.
Rigveda 8.18.7: May the pure life-giving enlightening woman be respected as mother everyday so that she provides us with peace and eradicates all hatred from the society.
Rigveda 8.67.12: O Mother! You conduct noble actions and have a pure mind. Cleanse us of our sins and provide us path of success. Inspire us to lead a life full of progress, compassion and honesty.
Atharvaveda 7.6.4: We want tremendous power. Hence we please motherly pure woman with our noble words and actions. She is as patient as the wide sky. She shall remove our miseries and provide us shelter in all situations.
Rigveda 10.59.5: O life-giving Mother! Provide us with strong will-power and noble intellect. Propel us to prolong our lives with noble actions. May we enlighten the world as sun. May you nourish us with happiness.
Rigveda 10.59.6: O life-giving Mother! Bless us with eyes that see noble and life that conducts noble actions. May we always work for progress and enjoy bliss. May our intellect be always pure and virtuous.
Yajurveda 35.21: O patient Mother! May you provide us happiness and support. May you provide us fame and bliss. May you destroy our sins and purify us.
Yajurveda 6.36: O Mother! May the society appreciate your potential. May they seek your blessings from east, west, north, south and everywhere. And may you bless them with prosperity and happiness.
Yajurveda 11.68: O Mother! Protect us from infighting. Protect us from violence and hatred. Propel us to conduct noble acts of valor. May we together conduct virtuous acts alone.
Rigveda 1.22.11: May the noble mothers and wives of noble persons remain always prosperous and bless us with happiness and bliss.
Yajurveda 12.15: If you desire brilliance, approach the mother. With her blessing, be the scholar of all subjects. Do not aggrieve the mother. Enlighten yourself with pure blessings of the noble mother.
May these pearls of wisdom inspire us all to lay foundation of a society that respects and nurtures women to conduct their duties as mothers of entire humanity. May the women never deviate from this glorious path. May we never deviate from lowering our respect for the motherly woman. And may we all work together to annihilate – within and outside us – all those forces that attempt to cause such deviations.
There is absolutely no other way for individual and societal bliss!
References: Commentaries by Swami Dayanand, Vedic Naari by Pt Ramnath Vedalankar, Vedik Shabdarth Vichar by Pt Ramnath Vedalankar, Vedic Kosh by Pt Rajveer Shastri.