Awakened Living Study Program, Lesson 28: MOTHER'S DAY

 

Introduction
Dear brothers and sisters: Good morning and thank you for attending our weekly Awakened Living Study Program. My name is Alaye Soteme and I will be your host. Our topic for today’s Study is MOTHER'S DAY. May we focus our full attention on this study for the lessons of life because knowledge is POWER, knowledge is SUCCESS, knowledge is FORGIVENESS, knowledge is WISDOM, knowledge is ENLIGHTENMENT and knowledge is AWAKENED LIVING.

All quotes relating to GOD are interpreted in a Universal sense; in other words our use of the word GOD does not refer to any religion, cultural Gods, saviors, or created Gods. GOD is the underlying ESSENCE of the Universe. GOD has no chosen people, GOD has no Sacred Text and GOD has no Sacred Place! The Universe is the Sacred Text, the Universe is the Sacred Place and all creatures are Testaments of GOD! 

Further you are here to look at life from a different angle. You are not here to follow what others have put in place be it their religion, their Gods, their sacred texts, their beliefs or their way of thinking. You are here to share your LIGHT with the world.  The beliefs of our ancestors are our liabilities. Our challenge is to look at life in ways that promote interdependence and destroy all forms of discrimination including racism, tribalism, nationalism, nepotism, fundamentalism, fanaticism, favoritism, exclusivism, chosen people and racial superiority. 

Lastly, none of the quotes here is absolute or written in blood. They are all human thoughts and ideas based on their experiences and according to their levels of consciousness. The Awakened Living Study Program is a platform to study what others have said and improve on them. Do not for any reason use the quotes as mantra for life because you are the LIGHT!

Opening Meditation
You may offer an appropriate prayer before reading, discussing and reflecting on the famous quotes and the Sacred Texts verses. You may use the following prayer:

 O LOVE who pervades the universe, we thank you for this opportunity to learn. We pray for LOVE to manifest amongst us to guide our readings, discussions and reflections. We specially pray for peace of mind and save us from all distractions and concerns of mind and body so that we may learn the lessons of life for our guidance and the transformation of our lives. In the name of Love, the Earth and the Universe, Amen.

Announcements
The Study Leader may make announcements at this time. Welcome new members, recognize birthdays or anniversaries; make an award or recognize a contribution; announce Circle of Life successes. This is also an opportunity for anyone to share an experience, give thanks or make a request for special prayers.

 Opening Thoughts
The leader or an appointed person will stand and read the opening thoughts. The opening thoughts explain the topic of discussion. You may use the information below or explain it in your own words.

 Mother’s Day is a day set aside to celebrate the contributions of mothers in different parts of the world. The role of motherhood is easily recognizable and it is celebrated in many parts of the world. Motherhood is often celebrated with prayers, gifts, cards and flowers. The idea for a Mother’s Day celebration in the United States was first suggested by Julia Ward Howe in 1872 but Anna Jarvis, daughter of Mrs. Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis is recognized as the founder of Mother’s Day.

 Anna Jarvis got the idea for a Mother’s Day celebration to honor all mothers from her mother in her childhood. Mrs.  Jarvis had the desire that someday someone would honor all mothers for their contributions and sacrifices. Anna never forgot her mother’s desire and when Mrs.  Jarvis died in 1905 Anna decided to fulfill her mother’s dream of a Mother’s Day to honor all mothers. Thus the movement for a Mother’s Day holiday in the United States was born. Anna and her supporters got to work and started writing to law makers for a Mother’s Day holiday. The US Congress rejected a proposal for a Mother’s Day holiday in 1908 but by 1911 all the sates observed a Mother’s Day holiday. Finally Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation creating Mother's Day, the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers, in 1914

 We are all here because of our parents but it was our mothers who carried us in the womb before we were born. Thus mothers are very important. They were there when our hearts were formed. They were there when our brains took shape. They were there when our eyes, ears, mouth, nose and mouth appeared. They were there when out fingers, toes and all the other parts of our body grew and made us full human beings. They witnessed every movement as we grew and developed within their bodies. There is no doubt that we owe a lot to our mothers.

 Famous Quotes
Take turns to read the famous quotes and discuss what you have learned from each quote.  Please give credit to the author of the quote and as an assignment for presentations each person may choose an author and find out more about the author to share with the group during the next session.

 1 A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. Tenneva Jordan
2 A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. Washington Irving
3 Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. Marion C. Garretty
4 When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. Sophia Loren
5 A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go. Author Unknown
6 A man’s work is from sun to sun, but a mother’s work is never done. Author Unknown
7 All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother. Abraham Lincoln
8 My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. George Washington
9 I regard no man as poor who has a godly mother. Abraham Lincoln
10 If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden. Claudia Ghandi

Sacred Texts Quotes
Take turns to read all the sacred text quotes and discuss what you have learned from each quote. In your discussion compare and contrast the quotes. What did you learn from the similarities and differences? What quote inspires you? What life lessons did you learn from the quote? Please give credit to the sacred text during your reading by mentioning the name of the text and where the quote could be found. 

 1 Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you. Judaism: Tanakh, Exodus 20:12
2 Hearken to advice and accept discipline, in order that you may be wise in your later years.. Judaism: Tanakh, Proverbs 26:20
3 Those who wish to be born in [the Pure Land] of Buddha... should act filially towards their parents and support them, and should serve and respect their teachers and elders. Buddhism: Meditation on Buddha Amitayus 27
4 Thy Lord has decreed... that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in your lifetime, do not say to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honor. And, out of kindness, lower to them the wing of humility, and say, "My Lord! bestow on them Thy mercy even as they cherished me in childhood." Islam. Qur'an 17.23
5 If your parents take care of you up to the time you cut your teeth, you take care of them when they lose theirs. African Religions. Akan Proverb (Ghana)
6 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old. Judaism: Tanakh, Proverbs 23:22
7 Train a child according to his way; even when he grows old, he will not turn away from it. Judaism: Tanakh, Proverbs 22:6
8 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. Christianity: New Testament, Mark 10:29-30
9 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Christianity: New Testament, Matthew 10:37-38
10 While he yet talked to the people, behold, [his] mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. Christianity: New Testament, Matthew 12:46-50

 

Teaching Story
The teaching story is a story, a parable or thoughts related to the topic of discussion. An appointed person will read each story and the group will take turns and discuss. What does the story mean to you? What did you learn from the story? Did the story add anything new to the topic of discussion? How has this study enriched your life?

Mother’s Love-A Hindu Story
Once upon a time, there was a cowherd’s wife named Hiramani. She lived in the lowlands of Maharashtra’s Raaygadh fortress. She would sell milk to all the people living within the fort.

On Aso Punam, she went to sell milk as usual in the fort. That day there was a bhajan festival taking place. The day slipped by quickly. As evening came, the doors of the fort were closed. Hiramani said to the gateman, “My child is at home and has been hungry since morning. Let me go. Otherwise he’ll go hungry.” However, the gateman replied, “Once the gates close, they will only be opened in the morning; that is the rule here. Therefore, I cannot open the door.” Hiramani started frantically worrying about her child. Her mother’s heart became impatient to be with her child. The only other way for her to get home to her child was through the mountains at the other end of the fort. But, this path was very dangerous. Even so, without caring for her life, Hiramani took the dangerous mountain path to get home. Once she was home, she took a breath of comfort when she hugged her crying child. In the morning, Raaygadh’s Maharaja, Chatrapati Shivaji, heard about this courageous incident. He called Hiramani to his darbar and praised her motherly love. He also gave her a reward to honor her courage.

 Closing Meditation
The closing meditation presents the highlights of the Study.  The highlights should include among others what you have learned and what aspects of the study are worth noting. The leader or an appointed person may share the closing meditation. You may use the thoughts and information provided below but I encourage you to use the contributions of the participants and current relevant information.

Motherhood is a blessing to all of us.
My mother is the Love of my life. 
She soothes my heart and calms my mind.
Who could live without a mother! 
She protects me from danger and assures my daily bread.
Who could live without a mother! 
She teaches me the way of life and serves as the example.
Who could live without a mother!
She takes care of me throughout life.
Who could live without a mother! 
But her time on earth will soon come to an end.
Who could live without a mother! 
She will be old and her movement will be limited.
Who could live without a mother! 
It is my duty to take care of her in her old age.
Who could live without a mother! (Dr. Sonari in honor of his mother)

 Donations
You may accept gifts and donations at this time for the work you are doing. It takes effort, time and money to put the Study Program together so I encourage attendants to give. An appointed person may now pass the donation bag. The leader may bless the gifts after the donations.

Closing Prayer
Always close your Study Program with a prayer or an affirmation. Pray for guidance and direction during the week. Pray for everyone present. The leader or an appointed person may offer the closing prayer. You may use the sample prayer if needed.

 Mother’s Day Prayer by Dr. Sonari
O Love who pervades the Universe. May our mothers be blessed all the days of their lives! For carrying us for nine months; may our mothers be blessed! For nursing us through life; may our mothers be blessed! For unconditional love; may our mothers be blessed! For sleepless nights; may our mothers be blessed! For championing our good; may our mothers be blessed! May our mothers be blessed for all those sacrifices! And may we make choices that honor their sacrifices. In the name of Love, the Earth and the Universe, Amen.

Refreshments
You may serve refreshments after the Study. This is a time to relax and socialize. Get to know the people in the Program with you and I mean really know them well. One of the secrets of success is connection so I encourage you to know the people around you. The host may decide what to serve or he or she may ask the attendants what they want for refreshments before each Study Program.

 Talent Contribution
You may now entertain the group with your talent in music, songs, dance and poetry including playing musical instruments. This is also a good time to share some Awakened living tips for the benefit of the group. 

Circle of Life
The Circle of Life depicts different aspects of your life. You are at the center and the different aspects radiate outwards to form a circle as long as they are in harmony. You can pinpoint an aspect of your life at any given time and find out if you are in harmony with the rest of the circle. If an aspect needs improvement you may have an uneven circle. Your challenge then is to work on the area that needs improvement in order to keep it in harmony with the rest of the circle.

There are 12 aspects in this version of the Wheel of Life including Health, Spirituality, Family, Relationships, Education, Mission, Finances, Work, Play, Personal Development, Environment, and creativity. Take time to answer the following questions and begin to work on the areas that need improvement.

Health
1. Are you healthy?
2. Do you have any bad habits like drinking, smoking, pornography, fast foods and doing drugs?

Spirituality
1. Are you spiritual?
2. When was the last time you meditated, chanted, affirmed or prayed?

Family
1. Do you have a family?
2. Are you happy with your spouse, children, and parents?

Relationships
1. Do you have friends?
2. Are you happy with your friends, co-workers, boss?

Education
1. Do you have a degree?
2. When was the last time you read a book?

Mission
1. Do you have a mission statement?
2. What is your life mission?

Finances
1 Are you financially stable?
2. Do you have any debts?

Work
1. Do you have a job, career?
2. Are you happy with your job, career?

Play
1. Do you play regularly?
2. When was the last time you played with your friends, children, spouse, parents or pet?

Personal Development
1. Do you lose your temper often?
2. When was the last time you took a class on human development?

Environment
1 Are you happy with your environment?
2. How are you reducing pollution?

Creativity
1. Are you sharing your creativity?
2. When was the last time you wrote a poem, painted, sang, danced, or played a musical instrument?

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