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September 11th

Sanskrit Pearl of the day:
सर्वतीर्थमयी माता सर्वदेवमयः पिता
मातरं पितरं तस्मात् सर्वयत्नेन पूजयेत्

sarvatIrthamayI maataa sarvadevamayaH pitaa
maataraM pitaraM tasmaat sarvayatnena pUjayet

Meaning of the subhAShita:
Mother is (the embodiment) of all pilgrimages, father is (the embodiment) of all deities. Hence, mother and father are to be revered with all efforts.

To get the same virtues as one would, on visiting all holy places, all he has to do is, revere his mother. Father is an embodiment of all the deities themselves. They are the sole cause for us being here in this world today. It is hard to imagine one's life without them, their nurture and care. Parents constantly strive to provide the best that they could possibly give, for their children at all times. There is no well-wisher better than parents!

Isn't that why even Lord gaNesha, being the remover of all hurdles Himself, bowed down to His parents! They posed a challenge to Him and His brother Lord subrahmaNya, as to who will be the first to circle the world. Lord subrahmaNya immediately took off on His peacock, all around to world. But gaNesha, who was very aware of the strengths and weaknesses :) of His speed, simply circled around His parents, paarvati and parameShwara, and prostrated to them. He had indeed won the challenge! For, it is true that parents think the world of their children and they are worth more than the world to the children!

Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future. Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence! May love and respect be the most important cornerstones of parenting.

pada vigrahaH:
सर्व-तीर्थमयी माता सर्व-देवमयः पिता
sarva-tIrthamayI maataa sarva-devamayaH pitaa

मातरं पितरं तस्मात् सर्व-यत्नेन पूजयेत्
maataraM pitaraM tasmaat sarva-yatnena pUjayet

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