We can see and touch them, here and now!!
इळा सरस्वती मही तिस्रो देवीर्मयोभुवः | बर्हि सीवन्त्वस्रिधः || (ऋग्वेद 1.13.9)(ऋग्वेद 1.13.9)
This Hymn from Rig Veda – 1.13.9 introduces us to a unique trio of three goddesses. These three are Ila – our own Mother tongue or language, Saraswati – our Mother culture and civilisation, Mahi – our Motherland.Per Rig Veda, these three benign entities always protect us and ensure our welfare. Let us offer our utmost respect, with devotion and reverence. On our part, let us always protect them from degradation and encroachment. Let us seat them in our heart with love, respect and devotion.
What a powerful and elevated ideal
The message and its import is very direct and impactful. Our relationship with the three entities is clear and well defined. The status of this trio is elevated to the highest pedestal, deserving our utmost obeisance.
Let us relate this holy trinity with the world around us
Mother Tongue : (Matribhasha) We should first learn our own language. This connects us with our ancestry and promotes social bonding. We may learn other languages, but our first duty is to learn, use and propagate our own language.
Mother Culture : (Matrisamskriti) Custom, cuisine, clothing, festivals, literature and handicrafts all carry a cumulative richness passed down from our forefathers. We should be proud of our heritage and not criticise it. Many Indians take pride in criticising our Bhartiya Sabhyata (Indian culture), in favour of blind adulation for western norms and culture. Nothing wrong in learning new cultures, but degrading our own is an absolute sin.
Mother Land: (Matribhoomi) She is worshipped as Mother India. It is the solemn duty of all citizens of Bharatvarsha to love and defend her. We should be willing to die for our motherland if there is any transgression on her soil. We should fight every aggressor who dares step on an inch of her soil. Motherland is worthy of unconditional reverence. In her lap, we experience serenity, safety and bliss, which only a mother’s touch can give.
Yajur Veda – 7.14 declares
सा प्रथमा संस्कृतिर्विश्ववरा |(यजुर्वेद7.14)
‘Sa prathama samskriti vishwavara’ or Bhartiya civilization is the first one in the world. We should be proud of our culture, which is thousands of years old and is thriving even today.
They are with us, around us, all the time. Are we aware of them? Do we pledge our allegiance to them all the time? Do we love and respect them from the depths of our hearts? Are we strong enough to stand with our three mothers, come rain or sunshine?
It’s time we did!