Teachings from Monika Penukonda and Nityaananda (Clint Thompson, MD)
The Mother creates each form in this limitless creation out of Her eternal affection. We are all given life inside Her cosmic womb that is linked to Her universal heart. The Mother’s heart, Her Hrudaya chakra is true love and kindness. Nothing can be created except from love.
Each soul is a manifestation of Her love. Sri Kaleshwar describes it this way, “The soul is supremely pure, come and understand. Love is inside the soul.” That love is Her presence hidden in the secret chamber of our heart. Yogananda described it this way, “The Divine Mother is so beautiful! But remember, in Her higher manifestation even that beauty is formless. She is in everything. Her divine, compassionate love is expressed in the raindrops. Her beauty is reflected in the colors of the rainbow. She offers fresh hope to mankind with the rose-tinted clouds at dawn. Above all, be ever conscious of Her presence in your heart.”
We can experience the presence of the Mother inside our heart. Whenever we feel love anything in the creation, Her presence is felt. In each small act of kindness and affection, Her presence is felt. The more we love, the more we feel Her presence with us and in us. Your soul wants to express love in every moment. Love is the soul’s true nature. To have our hearts open permanently is the goal of all our spiritual efforts.
Pure love is the only thing that Sri Ramakrishna longed for. “To my Divine Mother I prayed only for pure love. I offered flowers at Her lotus feet and prayed to Her,” Ramakrishna said. He prayed that She take him beyond all the dualities in Her creation, virtue and vice, knowledge and ignorance, purity and impurity, and take him to Her heart. “Take them, Mother, and grant me only pure love for Thee.”
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Adi Shankaracharya &
Personal Experiences of the Light that is Our Divine Shakti
There is a story about the great saint, Adi Shankaracharya. One day, he was caught in the monsoon rains and was swept away in the flooding river. He tried to save himself and swim to shore but suddenly became paralyzed unable to move his arms and legs. As he was fighting for his life, suddenly he heard an old woman laughing on the other side of the river. He called out to her. “Help! Help! Get help!” The hunchback woman laughed again, this time so loud it echoed like thunder in the skies. Then the old woman dove into the river and swam to him. She reached him in an instant then grabbed his neck and screamed at him. “Shankara, where is your strength now? Who is saving you now? You teach that women are a man’s downfall and must be avoided, and this world is nothing but an illusion. You are afraid to even look at a woman. Who is rescuing you now? Don’t you see your strength comes from Shakti? Without Shakti you can’t even move your limbs! Why do you insult the Mother? Don’t you know that I am everything? Don’t you know that you can’t live without me?” Shankaracharya realized this was the Divine Mother Herself coming in darshan to teach him.
Ramakrishna Paramahamsa “Suddenly I had the wonderful vision of the Mother and fell down unconscious. It was as if houses, doors, temples, and everything else vanished from my sight, leaving no trace whatsoever. However far and in whatever direction I looked I saw a continuous succession of effulgent waves madly rushing at me from all sides, with great speed. I was caught in the rush, and panting for breath I collapsed, unconscious. I did not know what happened then in the external world — how that day and the next slipped away. But in my heart of hearts there was flowing a current of intense bliss, never experienced before, and I had the immediate knowledge of the light that was Mother.”
- Ramakrishna Paramahamsa
The Heart of Our Divine Mother
a poem by Monika Penukonda
Oh Divine Mother!
You who outshines the thousand-rayed sun with your brilliance
self luminous and dazzling
All glories to you
You who are an ocean of grace
and motherly compassion
The embodiment of bliss and love
You are the spotless Mother
The bestower wisdom
and refuge of the great and wise
You are the destroyer of suffering and all fears of your devotees
You grant every wish to those who take refuge in you
Those who bow in devotion to you themselves become a refuge to the world
Oh Queen of the universe, it is you who protects the whole world
Your motherly heart sees the struggles of light and dark that are assailing this world
Oh glorious Mother, you destroy armies of demons and purify them to reach higher worlds
Such is your most kind heart
Your nature is to subdue the actions of the cruel
and enlighten the wise
You are the cause of the welfare of the world
and illumine all with your glance
Oh Queen of Peace, we seek your protection
Oh holy Mother
Protect the whole human family with your ocean of compassion and mercy
Bless all your children to know your love
Teach us to love one another
and create peace and understanding between all people