Even One Spark

From Swami Vivekananda in Inspired Talks, Tuesday, July 2, 1895

Mother is the first manifestation of power and is considered a higher idea than Father. The name of Mother brings the idea of Shakti, divine energy and omnipotence: the baby believes its mother to be all-powerful, able to do anything. The Divine Mother is the Kundalini sleeping in us; without worshiping Her we can never know ourselves. All-merciful, all-powerful, omnipresent ― these are attributes of the Divine Mother. She is the sum total of the energy in the universe. Every manifestation of power in the universe is Mother. She is life; She is intelligence; She is love. She is in the universe, yet separate from it. She is a Person and can be seen and known ― as Sri Ramakrishna saw and knew Her. Established in the idea of Mother, we can do anything. She quickly answers prayer.

She can show Herself to us in any form at any moment. The Divine Mother can have form, rupa, and name, nama, or name without form; and as we worship Her in these various aspects, we can rise to Pure Being, having neither form nor name.

The sum total of all the cells in an organism is the person; each soul is like one cell, and the sum of them is God. And beyond that is the Absolute. The sea calm is the Absolute; the same sea in waves is the Divine Mother. She is time, space, and causation. Mother is the same as Brahman and has two natures; the conditioned and the unconditioned. As the former She is God, nature, and the soul. As the latter She is unknown and unknowable. Out of the Unconditioned comes the trinity: God, nature, and the soul ― the triangle of existence….

A bit of Mother, a drop, was Krishna; another was Buddha; another was Christ. The worship of even one spark of Mother in our earthly mother leads to greatness. Worship Her if you want love and wisdom.