In the Ramayana, composed by Adi Kavi (Primordial Poet) Valmiki, Lord Rama uttered the verse while addressing his younger brother, Lakshmana, after their victory over Ravana, the Rakshasa king of Lanka, stating that, “Lakshmana, even this golden Lanka does not appeal to me, mother and motherland are greater than heaven."
अपि स्वर्णमयी लङ्का न मे लक्ष्मण रोचते जननी जन्मभूमिश्च स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी
I mention this not in the context of the religion but to share that even in our Shastras, a mother is considered to be Supreme. She is life giver, teacher, mentor and above all, a protector of dharma, and of righteousness.
We don’t need to have a day to honor our mother, but yes, we can use this day as an opportunity to renew our vow to our mother’s and determine to make her feel loved, respected and valued through our actions, conduct and speech. Even the Hindu Sastras say -"Maathru devo bhava" – mother is worthy of the same respect and honor, that of a Goddess.
I can never thank my mother enough for all her sacrifices and wonderful gestures. A day does not go by when I don’t think about her and I wish there was a way to show her the special place she has in my life and heart.
Let us – sons and daughters, really in the spirit of appreciation for our mother’s determine that we will bring her more reasons to smile, feel happy and proud of her children.