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As written at PRASANTHI NILAYAM Today

27th October 2020 

The mother's lap is the school for every man. It is his first temple. Mother is every man's primary wealth. To recognise this truth about one's mother is the duty of every person. There is no higher God than the mother. Father is one's treasure; mother is one’s God. Instead of valuing such precious wealth and Divinity, men engage themselves in all kinds of activities to acquire riches and positions. The father and the mother are inseparable like the word and its meaning. Everyone should cherish one's parents as embodiments of the Divine. The mother and father may be physically separate, but spiritually they are one. Good mothers are more essential than good wives. A good wife is of value only to her husband. A good mother is a national asset. From ancient times, Indian scriptures have glorified the examples of great women like Maitreyi, Sita, and Savitri. Their lives continue to be a source of inspiration to this day. (Divine Discourse, Sep 11, 1983)