Sunday, September 19, 2021

Holy Ma




Collect for Today

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.




Proverbs 31:10-31

A capable wife who can find?

She is far more precious than jewels.

The heart of her husband trusts in her,

and he will have no lack of gain.

She does him good, and not harm,

all the days of her life.

She seeks wool and flax,

and works with willing hands.

She is like the ships of the merchant,

she brings her food from far away.

She rises while it is still night

and provides food for her household

and tasks for her servant-girls.

She considers a field and buys it;

with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.

She girds herself with strength,

and makes her arms strong.

She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.

Her lamp does not go out at night.

She puts her hands to the distaff,

and her hands hold the spindle.

She opens her hand to the poor,

and reaches out her hands to the needy.

She is not afraid for her household when it snows,

for all her household are clothed in crimson.

She makes herself coverings;

her clothing is fine linen and purple.

Her husband is known in the city gates,

taking his seat among the elders of the land.

She makes linen garments and sells them;

she supplies the merchant with sashes.

Strength and dignity are her clothing,

and she laughs at the time to come.

She opens her mouth with wisdom,

and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.

She looks well to the ways of her household,

and does not eat the bread of idleness.

Her children rise up and call her happy;

her husband too, and he praises her:

“Many women have done excellently,

but you surpass them all.”

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,

but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Give her a share in the fruit of her hands,

and let her works praise her in the city gates.


Holy Ma – by Music Shantala

Holy Ma
Kali Ma
Jaya Jagadambe  (Everything is holy now)


I dedicate these words to my mother, she has had a rough week, but is home now and hopefully healing.  I cannot write a succinct post.  But this blog is about me living my yoga.  So, the above Christian prayers have been put in my path and are a great reminder of a mother strength and the impermanence of all. But even in the impermanence we can remember. The Kirtan piece above has been in my heart and in my ears since its release around 2009, in it we remember Ma the great feminine. It beckons forth the Goddesses, the mothers, Ma. Kali, Durga, and Saraswati. I take comfort in this music even as tears flow. It helps me cope, like music therapy for my soul. I leave these three goddesses for you to google on your own to learn their mythology/story/ or whatever you choose to believe about them. And I ask your prayers, thoughts, love, light, whatever you can send for my Ma.


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