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Translated teachings of Master Patana

When a mother is born

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There’s a moment in life when an extraordinary thing happens. This moment, so profound, so filled with wonder, is when a child is born. Now, it might seem quite obvious. After all, it is how we all came into this world, isn’t it? But here’s the thing – there’s more to it. Far more than meets the eye. In this spectacular moment of birth, two lives are brought into existence, not just one.

Certainly, there’s the baby, a new life that has come into being, wide-eyed and curious. But there’s another birth that occurs alongside, a bit quieter, a little less obvious, but equally as profound. This is the birth of a mother. The woman, who until this moment was just a woman, maybe a wife, a daughter, or a friend, takes on a whole new identity. She becomes a mother.

Imagine for a moment, the life of a caterpillar. Crawling about in the world, seeing things from its ground-level perspective. Then one day, it wraps itself up in a cocoon, undergoing a remarkable transformation. And when it emerges, it’s no longer a caterpillar, but a butterfly. It’s the same creature, yes, but its experience of the world, its very identity, has changed. This is much like the journey of a woman to a mother. She is still herself, but at the same time, she is also someone entirely new.

Now, let’s shift our gaze to the husband, the father of the newborn child. He’s witnessing all these changes, but from a distance. To him, it’s as if a new player has entered the stage of their life. The woman he knew as his wife, his partner, is now someone else – a mother. He can feel a difference in her. He can see it in her eyes, hear it in her voice, sense it in her actions. She now has a different center, a different focus – the child.

This can be a bit daunting for the husband. He’s used to being the other half of a duo, and now there’s a third. He may feel like he’s been nudged to the side, made to take a supporting role in this new family narrative. It’s not that he doesn’t love the child. Of course, he does. But the dynamics have changed. The woman he loves is now a mother, and her world, her love, seems centered around the child.

In this new setup, the husband might find himself taking on a different role, that of a son. Now, this isn’t about going back to being a child himself. But more about trying to find a way back into that deep bond he shared with his wife. By taking on this role, he’s hoping to reconnect with the woman who’s now a mother, to understand her better, to love her in this new phase of her life.

What we must understand here is that when a woman becomes a mother, it’s a huge shift. It’s not just about having a baby, caring for it, and raising it. It’s about a change in her identity, her sense of self. It’s about a change in her understanding of love, of responsibility, of life itself. This change is so profound, so all-encompassing that it might be hard for those around her to fully comprehend.

The journey of a woman becoming a mother is unique, sacred. It’s a path she walks, a change she experiences that can be hard to put into words. It’s a deep, personal transformation that reaches into the core of who she is. It reshapes her, not just as a woman, but as a human being.

The birth of a child is not just a single event, but a series of births. The baby is born, starting its journey in this vast universe. The mother is born, beginning a new chapter in her journey. Each birth is distinct, each journey is unique. But they’re tied together, intertwined in a way that creates a beautiful, complex dance of life.

This dance, this movement of life, is filled with changes, with growth, with learning. It’s a testament to the incredible capacity we, as human beings, have for love, for empathy, for adaptability. We are constantly evolving, constantly growing, constantly changing. And it’s this endless potential for change that makes life so wonderfully unpredictable, so incredibly beautiful.

So, remember, when a child is born, we aren’t just welcoming a new life into the world. We’re also witnessing the birth of a mother, a new identity, a fresh perspective. We’re participating in a complex, intricate dance of life, filled with love, change, and growth. And that, is a truly beautiful thing.

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