Creation – Our Mother Earth

Creation – Our Mother Earth


This ancient land was the first You created
And how proud of Your angels you must have been
As they sang its beauty into being.
Every twist and turn
Every view and vista is a masterpiece of design,
Leaving the onlooker breathless with wonder,
And all it took was the blink of Your eye.
You left no footprint, no marker
Yet all signs lead to You
For who else could have made it so?

And from here, it spiralled up and beyond
Creating a vision of perfection
For Your children to dwell in.
We try our best to maintain its splendour
But are we running out of time
To manifest Your Desire?
Are we too wrapped up in our human failings
To see the Truth laid out before us?
That this land is part of our being too,
And we must listen to Her sighs,
Her cries of pain as we distort Her Beauty,
Our man-made materials racing through the elements
Upsetting Her natural balance.

As we celebrate the Day of Your Birth
It is our duty to honour too
The birth of Your creation
And to vow to protect Her in all Her glory.
Let no cry be unanswered,
No teardrop ignored.
May we be aware of every manifestation of You
With every fibre of our souls.
May we be reminded of You
In every bird’s song
Every beast’s call
And every human’s plea
For we all are One.

D.Eckman 12th March 2010
Rose Bay, Sydney, Australia

I wrote these words almost seven years ago on my 3rd trip to Australia – a country I have been in love with since I was 12 and finally saw for the first time when I was 23. My heart yearns for it whenever I see a photo, movie or even just hear the particular sounds of its nature, the song of its birds. I can’t really explain the feeling, other than I must have lived there in another lifetime for it to have such a strong pull on my spirit. What struck me this time was how changed it was since I had last been there 20 years previous. So many more built up areas, shopping malls overtaking almost the whole of Sydney’s city centre – so much so that you could spend the entire day underground going from one to the other without taking a breath of ‘fresh’ air. This blatant worship of materialism overwhelmed me and I retreated every day to the relative beauty and sanctity of the Harbour or the Botanical Gardens. I almost got locked in one night as I was so taken by the fruit bats in the trees that I lost track of time and had to be escorted out by a ranger. He said, ‘No worries, I’ve worked here 16 years and I still get distracted by them. We were distracted by the ducklings as well today!”

The earth is our home, but we seem to be losing sight of how fragile She is. As I’m writing now, London is just recovering from a day of chaos caused by gale force winds lashing the country, bringing trees crashing down onto power lines, cars and even people in some places. Our seas are so heavily polluted that whales are beaching themselves, with their stomachs full to bursting with our plastics and rubbish; fish are toxic with poisons, including mercury, which then passes down the food chain to us causing a myriad of health issues. A study by the World Economic Forum estimates that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea, by weight, than fish. It is thought there are up to 150 million tonnes of rubbish currently floating in the oceans.

We are poisoning ourselves with our total disregard of what happens when we fail to cut down on waste, fail to recycle the products that can and should be re-used, fail to even notice the rubbish surrounding us because we’ve just got so used to it being there. I heard recently about a seven year old boy in America who started his own recycling business…at THREE! He fell in love with the idea whilst on a trip to the local recycling centre with his father. The next day, he began collecting recyclables from all of his neighbours and began his own business called “Ryan’s Recycling Company.” Over the past four years, He has saved over $10,000, donated $2,000 to his favourite animal charity and has recycled over 200,000 bottles/cans and over 49,000 lbs. of trash. How inspiring! Yet in the UK, we are currently fighting for legislation which would encourage people to recycle, in particular plastic bottles, by asking for a small deposit when we buy bottles which would then get refunded when we return them. A legislation that already exists in many other ‘First World’ countries, although on the face of it, even that is not enough…

“Mother Earth is actually, is the Mother of Adi Shakti, you can say. She is the Mother, they say, because She is made in such a way that She takes all the weights of the world in Herself. .. Weight means also your sins, also your punya, – it means everything. If you have too many sins in you, then Mother Earth is hurt. Wherever there is too much of sin, then Mother Earth has to ask help. And then some other deity has to, – like Vishnu himself, – has to come on this Earth to save Her from this too much of overloading of sins on this Earth – is a fact, it is not I’m telling you a mythical story, is a fact. Which you have to verify after getting vibrations.
(H.H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, Creation – Delhi, 1977)

“So the Mother Earth becomes a very important thing for us. If we do not know how to respect the Mother Earth, we do not know how to respect ourselves… The expression of Adi Shakti within you is the Kundalini, no doubt. That is the reflection of Adi Shakti in you. But the reflection in the Mother Earth is also expressed, as you all know, in different places, different countries, different cities, as the manifestation of chakras and Adi Shakti’s creations…. Now the way we insult our Mother Earth, what we are doing is we are insulting the Adi Shakti. So many ways there are we should respect the Mother Earth”
(H.H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, Adi Shakti Puja, Cabella 1997)

These two talks are twenty years apart, but Shri Mataji continues to warn us that our thoughtless actions have serious consequences:

“Now, why we are suffering in this beautiful planet, because we do not respect what we have to respect the most. Mother Earth is to be respected, meaning what? Meaning that whatever is created on this earth, by the movement of the earth, by the sea, by all the elements, has to be respected. Today’s problem is pollution, all kinds of things people talk of. The reason behind it, people never understood the importance of all these five elements which are supportive of our life. So to respect the Mother Earth people do Bhumi Puja. Many people, when they are building a house, they will do the Bhumi Puja, means they will respect the Mother Earth, because if She is not being respected maybe there could be an earthquake, which means that this Mother Earth understands, knows and acts. It acts in such a manner that human beings don’t understand why such things happen.”
(H.H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, Adi Shakti Puja, Cabella 1997)

In 1928, Edmond Bordeaux Szekely published his translation of ‘The Essene Gospel of Peace’ – an ancient manuscript claimed to have been discovered in the Secret Archives of the Vatican. Although this ‘discovery’ was denied by the Vatican, the books themselves are beautifully written and his poetic style brings to life the teachings of Jesus and the Elders of the Essene Brotherhood. These few passages are from Book Four:

“But of all these, and more, that most precious gift of your Earthly Mother is the grass beneath your feet, even that grass which you tread upon without thought. Humble and meek is the angel of Earth, for she has no wings to fly, nor golden rays of light to pierce the mist. But great is her strength and vast is her domain, for she covers the earth with her power, and without her the Sons of Men would be no more, for no man can live without the grass, the trees and the plants of the Earthly Mother. And these are the gifts of the angel of Earth to the Sons of Men.”

“But there will come a day when the Son of Man will turn his face from his Earthly Mother and betray her, even denying his Mother and his birthright. Then shall he sell her into slavery, and her flesh shall be ravaged, her blood polluted, and her breath smothered; he will bring the fire of death into all the parts of her kingdom, and his hunger will devour all her gifts and leave in their place only a desert.

All these things will he do out of ignorance of the Law, and as a man dying slowly cannot smell his own stench, so will the Son of Man be blind to the truth: that as he plunders and ravages and destroys his Earthly Mother, so does he plunder and ravage and destroy himself. For he was born of his Earthly Mother, and he is one with her, and all that he does to his Mother even so does he do to himself.”

And that appears to be exactly what we are doing… I am not trying to make any political statements here, merely pointing out that we are ALL responsible for this beautiful, incredible planet that we inhabit and can ALL make a difference to its/ Her fate. Why are we even here? To what purpose is all this apparent chaos that we are a part of? Shri Mataji again has the answer:

“Why God has created this beautiful universe has been a question asked for thousands of years. The reason is very simple to understand. This beauty that is created cannot see itself. In the same way God who is the source of beauty, beauty cannot see His own beauty. Like a pearl cannot enter into itself to see its beauty. Like the sky cannot understand its own beauty. The stars cannot see their own beauty. The Sun cannot behold its own brilliance. In the same way God Almighty cannot behold His own being. He needs a mirror. And that’s how He has created this beautiful universe as His mirror.”
(H.H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, Shri Mahadevi Puja at Alibag, Maharashtra, December 12th 1986)

“Anybody who knows physics? If you place in the centre of two mirrors something, then the reflections are infinite. So, the first mirror is the Adi Shakti and the second mirror is this Creation. And that’s how you can get infinite reflections on this Earth. This is the reason why you can get infinite reflections. And that’s why you had to create another one who reflects it. And that’s why there have to be three identities, one, the God Almighty, then Adi Shakti and then the whole universe.”
(H.H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Shri Adi Shakti Puja. Cabella Ligure, Italy, May 25th 1997)

We have the power to turn things around. We have been given this ‘light of the Spirit’ to transform ourselves, and have been tasked to pass on the flame, ‘like one candle to another’. It is only through this transformation that we can achieve inner peace and ultimately, save this world from destruction:

“A pressing problem is that of the environment. The very existence of human beings is now being threatened. People have now become aware of the damage that has been done to the environment and of the depletion of the ozone layer. Why do we still have acid rain? Why do we have often disastrous climatic problems around the world? We have to find the answers to these problems. …we have become slaves of machines. Machines are created for our own use and yet we have become the victims of machines. We have to change the balance between machine-made and man-made things and take more to natural things. Machines create things like plastics, which have no natural vibrations and which are actually injurious to human beings. But, how to achieve this, is the problem. How to reduce the consumption of such useless things, like plastic, in our daily life? …

It is people who make society and it is the society that preserves the country. So all these crazy things that come from this sort of freedom have to be brought round and cured or these countries will be ruined in no time. In my mind there is only one solution, that is, the transformation of human beings. Now this transformation is possible here and now and on a mass scale… Let me show you one day, how through Sahaja Yoga you can transform yourself and change the world.”
(H.H. Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi, extracts from Talk on the International Situation, September 1989)

“The West is now full of problems. Though they have money, they don’t have peace within and without. The truth is that women are the potential power of every civilisation and every country. It is evident that women are the creators and the preservers of the entire humankind. This is the role that the almighty God has assigned to them. Seeds cannot create anything by themselves. It is the Mother Earth which provides the flowers and the fruits and other bounties. Similarly, it is the woman who creates the child, who nurtures the baby and eventually brings up the citizen of tomorrow. Women must therefore rank with Mother Earth as the edifice of the entire humanity.”

“The one thing you must note is that the awakening of the Kundalini and thus achieving self-realisation is a living process of evolution for which we cannot pay anything. It is like putting a seed in the Mother Earth. It sprouts because Mother Earth has the power to sprout it and the seed has an in-built germinating quality within it. In the same way we have this germinating power in the triangular bone which Greeks called as Sacrum.”
(Address by Dr (Mrs) Nirmala Srivastava/ H.H.Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi to the Inter-regional Round Table Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, September 13, 1995)

I pray that it is not too late. So much damage has been done already and there is still so much cruelty to our fellow inhabitants – both man and beast – that it makes me weep with despair. Yet I have to believe that She would not have left us in Her physical form if there was not still hope for Her Creation, Her children and all that is yet to fulfil its potential:

“I tell you in very truth, Man is the Son of the Earthly Mother, and from her did the Son of Man receive his whole body, even as the body of the newborn babe is born of the womb of his mother. I tell you truly, you are one with the Earthly Mother; She is in you, and you in Her. Of Her were you born, in Her do you live, and to Her shall you return again.”

“And he who clings to the laws of his Mother, to him shall his Mother cling also. She shall heal all his plagues, and he shall never become sick. She gives him long life, and protects him from all afflictions; from fire, from water, from the bite of venomous serpents. For your Mother bore you, keeps life within you. She has given you Her body, and none but She heals you. Happy is he who loves his Mother and lies quietly in Her bosom. For your Mother loves you, even when you turn away from Her. And how much more shall She love you, if you turn to Her again? I tell you truly, very great is Her love, greater than the greatest of mountains, deeper than the deepest seas. And those who love their Mother, She never deserts them. As the hen protects her chickens, as the lioness her cubs, as the mother her newborn babe, so does the Earthly Mother protect the Son of Man from all danger and from all evils.”
(‘The Essene Gospel of Peace Book One’, Edmond Bordeaux Szekely)

Recommended viewing:

  1. Shri Adi Shakti Puja 1997
  2. Shri Mahadevi Puja in Chalamala, Alibag, Maharashtra, India

Deborah Eckman is a singer/songwriter and actress when the wind is blowing in the right direction. She is a founder member of the Sahaja Yoga theatre company -Theatre of Eternal Values - and has also been lucky enough to spend time in India studying Indian Classical Singing at the PK Salve Academy of Fine Arts. As none of these activities earn her much of a living, she also has to work sometimes, but tries very hard not to! She loves movies, music, animals & travelling, preferably out of England during winter.

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