The balance of life is always pushing us to one edge to the other, but what is the bright side of it is that we never fall off it and this is because it is safeguarded and held firm by a mother. The mother is the one who guides the child to balance life in all times as the first teacher where man learns the first values as an individual. This balance was aptly maintained by the mothers of Ramayan which not only kept the family intact, but also made them representations of morals and virtues. It was not only love, but many other virtues to their personality where they showed the real meaning of family strength and also Dharma.
Kaushalya is the woman who stood as the pillar of strength of Maharaj Dasarath‘s family. Being the principal queen, she was the most responsible woman for the good conduct of the whole family. It was because of Kaushalya that the family stood together in all times. Her strength lied is never differentiating between Shri Ram and his brothers. She helped the brothers build on their bond of caring and sharing and made them strong in being united for life. Even though she had to send Shri Ram to the exile for Kaikeyi, she supported Bharat and Shatrughan and waited patiently for Shri Ram to return and see the family together again.
Sumitra stands as the epitome of calmness and sacrifice. She sends Lakshman along with Shri Ram, and abides to Dharma as her duty. Her strength to hold her grief to herself and support the family teaches that a woman’s strength is beyond measure and it can become the greatest balance of the family’s unity. Kaikeyi teaches both the good and bad side of life. Kaikeyi’s life teaches us that it is very important to have a hold on the negative emotions not to overrule the positive ones which might lead to disastrous results in the family. While Kaushalya and Sumitra teach how important it is to be together, Kaikeyi shows that domination and greed do not work for the welfare of the family.
The most difficult journey of a mother was that of Mata Sita’s wherein she led her life away for the family all alone, especially during motherhood. Mata Sita bought up her sons Luv and Kush away from the comforts of the palace while living a life of seclusion. But, she never compromised on the values and discipline and taught her sons to be self-reliant and self-supportive. Mata Sita put aside all her grief of being separated from Shri Ram aside and gave priority to make Luv and Kush worthy sons of Shri Ram, thus fulfilling her duty balancing the next generation of successors of Ayodhya.
When a woman becomes a mother, her priorities shift from self to children, and this priority never changes, be it any timeline. If a mother has a positive approach towards life, the children are the strongest, and when she has a negative perception, the whole family is affected. Balancing both the positive and negative aspects and giving the best of life without any conditions is what only a mother can do, after the Almighty. Hence, both are the same when it comes to worship and the Almighty himself surrenders to such untainted love.