An article by Keerti, published in dna on December 7, 2015.
Whenever some important visionary wants to bring out any change or transformation of India, he leads the countrymen with the slogan – Bharat mata ki jai *, or Vandematram **. People often wonder: Does such an entity as Bharatmata exist? Because we have never seen her!
There is no such entity anywhere in India in physical form. It exists in the collective psyche of the country’s men and women. That’s why the invoking works – and works wonders. That’s the inner secret of the eternal India – the imperishable India. India remains united under the influence of mysterious feminine power and it is in turmoil whenever it goes astray.
Osho contemplates: “Whether it is the birth of matter or whether it is the birth of consciousness; whether the earth is born or heaven, everything is born through the mystery that lies hidden in the depths of Existence. Therefore I have said that those who have looked upon God as mother – as Durga or Amba – their understanding is much deeper than those who look upon Him as Father. If God exists anywhere, He is feminine, for man does not have the ability and the patience to give birth to such a vast Universe. That which gives birth to the myriads of stars and moons must have a womb, without which it is impossible.”
He adds: “Have you ever seen the image of Kali? She is the mother, She is terrible! In one hand she holds a human skull! She is the mother – her eyes are filled with the ocean of tenderness. Down below – she stands on the chest of someone! Someone lies crushed under her feet! Why? Because that which creates, destroys also. Destruction is the other part of creation. Those were wonderful people who conceived this image. They were people with great imagination who could visualise great possibilities.”
The words of the Chinese mystic Lao Tzu are conclusive:
The Tao is called the Great Mother
empty yet inexhaustible,
it gives birth to infinite worlds.
Excerpts by Osho from The Way of Tao Vol 1, Ch 18 (translated from Hindi)
* Victory for Mother India
** Vandemataram (aka Vande Mātaram) is the song of the emerging freedom movement in India
Chaitanya Keerti travels around the world to facilitate Osho meditation retreats. He is an editor of Osho World and the author of Osho Fragrance.
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