The mother is everyone’s first Guru, or teacher. The universe itself is the feminine aspect and all mothers are expressions of the Goddess energy. Mothers have the great responsibility and joyful prospect of nurturing and raising beautiful souls. This is one of the greatest gifts to humanity.

Preparing for the birth of a child is only the first step in becoming a mother.  After the baby is born you should continue to raise the child with all the positive and healthy things you can provide. Continue to take care of yourself and your baby’s health. Babies are very sensitive to their mothers’ moods so take care to keep your mind calm, peaceful, and balanced. Yoga postures, deep relaxation, deep breathing, and meditation are important practices that help you care for body and mind. Expose your children to good and nurturing environments. Read them uplifting stories. Take enough time to help your children develop good qualities and remember that example is the best teacher.

I encourage all parents to be truly devoted to their child’s welfare and proper development. This can only be done if you take the time that is needed to spend with your children and guide them. I always say that a child should come first because you are guiding a soul; you are raising future citizens of our world. If you have other things that are more important to do, that is fine, but then don’t have children. As you guide your children, be sure that you do so in a loving way. Never correct or discipline children out of anger. If there are any corrections to be made, make them in a loving way. Your children should always feel loved by you. Children should grow up understanding that, “Mommy and daddy are correcting me because they love me and want me to grow in the proper way.”

Children should always feel loved by their parents. Today there are a lot of psychological problems in the minds of children. Taking care of a child’s mind is even more important than taking care of its body. If an organ goes amiss, you can transplant another in its place, but you can never transplant the mind. The relationship between the parents also affects the children greatly. If there is tension between the two parents, the children will be hurt because of their love for both parents. Face any problems and find solutions together. Let your common interest in the children’s welfare promote harmony.

Utilize the tools of Yoga—a world-renowned and ancient science of human development and spiritual unfolding—to help you take care of every minute of your life. This holistic approach is Yoga. May all mothers, and all your families, be filled with peace and joy, love and light. Om Shanti.

By Sri Swami Satchidananda