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The mother in each of us

If there is any name that inspires love, and harmony, like the name of God, it is the word 'Mother'.

india Updated: May 16, 2006 15:32 IST

If there is any name that inspires love, contentment, peace and harmony, like the name of God, it is the word 'Mother'. The Arabic word for womb, rahem, is derived from the word `mercy'.

In Islamic tradition, one of God's 99 names is Al-Raheem, or "the Most Merciful." Among all loves, a mother's love is considered supreme and universal like the love of God, uncoloured by differences of race and religion.

When a bomb explodes in a temple or a mosque and innocent lives are lost, it is the mother's heart that breaks. She, like God is present everywhere, whether it is a temple or a mosque.

The outcry by mothers in America to stop the military action in Iraq shows how violence has wronged mothers by negating the perennial love and peace that a mother stands for. In armed conflicts between nations and races, the worst sufferers are mothers and women.

This mercy and kindness present in maternal love defines to some degree a woman's attitude to love. Unfortunately, society rejects the female attitude towards the preservation of life and peace.

Today's male oriented world with its bombs and machines has distorted and ignored the female perception of love and life. The world would certainly become a more peaceful and happier place, if every one respected the feelings and intuitions of their mother.

The concept of `mother' goes well beyond that of just a physical entity that gives birth to and perpetuates the human race. In fact, the notion of Mother is present in each of us in the suppressed tears of kindness and sorrow at another's suffering.

Only by heeding the mother's voice in us, can we heal a war-torn and hate-ravaged world. Looking at the world through the mother's eyes we would see all human beings as children of someone and thus we would attempt to alleviate suffering.

Our hands would not to rise to deal blows to another, since the thought would intrude: this is someone's child. The mother in each man and woman would win.