Krishna and the Fruit Week #2 The Positive Aspects
The deep connection between a mother and her child is illustrated in this story. An example from the story, “Krishna! 0 Krishna!” she whispered, snatching up her boy in her arms. … Who are You?” she said softly, nuzzling His baby curls with her lips.This isan act of a devoted, loving mother. I agree with what Christine has written in her essay, “… I say motherhood lies in the quality of the love she brings to bear on the world.”
I have two children and one of the things that struck me about motherhood is how each of my children came to me “factory wired.”
That is, each had their uniqueness built-in. They didn’t come as blank slate waiting for me, the parent to write upon. I wasn’t there to create or mold them as I saw fit. In fact, they entered the world like the Prophet’s poem describes. “as sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.” Instead of thinking you are molding the child, you need to ask, “Who has come to live with me. Who are you?” For in time you will discover this other being who learns, and grows, but arrived here with their spark, their spirit already whole. They have come, like each of us, to have a human experience.
I was listening to a TED Talk by Antonia Damasio, a Neuroscientist. The title of the talk, The Quest to understand consciousness. He believes that the brain stem holds the conscious self. That part of us that is the observer of self, is the aware one that is thinking, learning and experiencing. It is in the brainstem that we are connected from the body to the mind and from the mind to the body.
This bit of knowledge suggests to me that this part of our self that is innate to our individuality is built-in. It is what makes each of us so very unique. In our story of Krishna there is the passage that reads … “and the lord who had become a human child out of sport, without any loss of his divine powers …” I suspect that that is how we all come into this world.
We are all like Krishna. We arrive here whole and equipped to have the experiences that best serves our higher self. Giving love and getting love are wonderful gifts. Having a loving Mother is surely one of the greatest gifts of all.