Mata Sutta: Mother

Ed. Note: On this mothers day, I dedicate this post to all mothers. Being a mother is one of the hardest, yet most rewarding jobs in the world. I envy you all for your compassion and caring!

SN 15.14-19 (source)
translated from the Pali by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

At Savatthi. There the Blessed One said: “From an inconstruable beginning comes transmigration. A beginning point is not evident, though beings hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving are transmigrating & wandering on. A being who has not been your mother at one time in the past is not easy to find… A being who has not been your father… your brother… your sister… your son… your daughter at one time in the past is not easy to find.

“Why is that? From an inconstruable beginning comes transmigration. A beginning point is not evident, though beings hindered by ignorance and fettered by craving are transmigrating & wandering on. Long have you thus experienced stress, experienced pain, experienced loss, swelling the cemeteries — enough to become disenchanted with all fabricated things, enough to become dispassionate, enough to be released.”

Happy Mothers Day 2010

This view may not be held by all who visit this blog, as I believe I have a diverse readership. In no way is it meant to offend those who don’t hold this belief, but is meant as a tribute and to give thanks.

As a Vajrayana practitioner it is believed that all beings, at some point from beginning-less time, were once our mothers. That being said, Happy Mother’s Day to you the reader, and thank you for your kindness.

As we go about our day, try this simple practice. When you see a stranger (or anyone else for that matter), visualize them as your mother. Remember the kindness shown to us as she raised us, carried us in her womb, gave birth to us, feeding us, sheltering us and so forth. Remember when she bandaged up our knee when we scraped it, or got a boo-boo? Our mother’s loved us unconditionally.

If for one day, minimum, we can all try to remember the love and compassion shown to us by our mothers. As we would never wish to see our own mother’s suffer, with this simple visualization, today we should not allow any being to suffer.