Happy Mothers Day!!

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Happy Mothers Day!!

Postby cooran » Sat May 10, 2014 10:04 pm

Happy Mothers Day to all those special women in countries celebrating today! :group:
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Mothers Day dates around the world:
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Re: Happy Mothers Day!!

Postby Ben » Sat May 10, 2014 10:39 pm

If not for our mothers we would not be here. In gratitude to my own mother and the mother of my children and mothers everywhere.
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Re: Happy Mothers Day!!

Postby David N. Snyder » Sat May 10, 2014 10:50 pm

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Re: Happy Mothers Day!!

Postby Mkoll » Sat May 10, 2014 11:22 pm

Happy Mother's Day!

Be sure to do something nice for your mum if you can. We all owe our moms our lives. Literally.

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Re: Happy Mothers Day!!

Postby sattva » Sun May 11, 2014 4:34 am

If my mom were still alive, I would give her a big hug, tell her I loved her, and thank her for everything she did for me. :heart:
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Re: Happy Mothers Day!!

Postby Kusala » Sun May 11, 2014 6:26 am

Happy Mothers Day!

In the Buddhist Jataka story - Sonadanda, the Bodhisatta sings the virtues of a mother in the following strain:

The Affectionate Mother

Kind, Pitiful, our refuge she that fed us at her breast.
A mother is the way to heaven, and thee she loveth best.
She nursed and fostered us with care; graced with good gifts is she,
A mother is the way to heaven, and best she loveth thee.
Craving a child in prayer she kneels each holy shrine before.

The changing season closely scans and studies astral lore.
Pregnant in course of time she feels her tender longings grow,
And soon the unconscious babe begins a loving friend to know.

Her treasure for a year or less she guards with utmost care,
Then brings it forth and from that day a mother's name will bear.
With milky breast and lullaby she soothes the fretting child,
Wrapped in his comforter's warm arms his woes are soon beguiled.

Watching o'er him, poor innocent, lest wind or hear annoy,
His fostering nurse she may be called, to cherish thus her boy.
What gear his sire and mother have she hoards for him "May be,"
She thinks, "Some day, my dearest child, it all may come to thee."
"Do this or that, my darling boy," the worried mother cries,
And when he is grown to man's estate, she still laments and sighs,

He goes in reckless mood to see a neighbor's wife at night,
She fumes and frets, "Why will he not return while it is light?"
If one thus reared with anxious pains his mother should neglect,
Playing her false, what doom, I pray, but hell can he expect?
Those that love wealth o'er much, 'tis said, their wealth will soon be lost
One that neglects a mother soon will rue it to his cost.
Those that love wealth o'er much, 'tis said, their wealth will soon be lost.
One that neglects a father soon will rue it to his cost.
Gifts, loving speech, kind offices together with the grace
Of calm indifference of mind shown in time and place -

These virtues to the world are as linchpin to chariot wheel.
These lacking, still a mother's name to children would appeal.
A mother like the sire should with reverent honor be crowned,
Sages approve the man in whom those virtues may be found.

Thus parents worthy of all praise, a high position own,
By ancient sages Brahma called. So great was their renown.
Kind parents from their children should receive all reverence due,
He that is wise will honor them with service good and true.
He should provide them food and drink, bedding and raiment meet,
Should bathe them and anoint with oil and duly wash their feet.
So filial services like these sages his praises sound
Here in this world, and after death in heaven his joys bound.

- Jataka translation Vol. V pp. 173, 174


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Re: Happy Mothers Day!!

Postby Khalil Bodhi » Sun May 11, 2014 12:24 pm

Happy Mothers' Day! :heart:
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Re: Happy Mothers Day!!

Postby Stephen K » Sun May 11, 2014 7:09 pm

I hugged my mum and kissed her. Rarely have I seen her so happy when I did that. And she's a happy mum. Asked her "Did you know it's Mother's Day today?" She didn't know - we celebrate it on March 8 in Bulgaria.

My mum is awesome!
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Re: Happy Mothers Day!!

Postby Zentruckdriver » Sun May 11, 2014 9:23 pm

Always get the wrong Mothers day due to being in Asia so much
and the UK one is in March.

So I sent my Mummy a text today wishing her happy Mothers day
and she replied saying "it was in March you sent me a card".

So I replied "your so special you deserve two".

Extra yorkshire puddings for me on my next visit methinks. :D
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