Mother Nature – A Universal Spirit
A mother is basically the legal mother of a child under the family code. Mothers are people who either populate or do the function of bearing any relation to the children, who could or may not be their own offspring. They may be biological mothers or adopted ones. In a biological mother, the child is conceived and born in the family through the traditional breeding process by the mother’s mate.
In western countries, the institution of motherhood is a social institution that is grounded on the experiences of the individual and their responsibilities towards their children. In this tradition, a woman is considered to be a mother when she bears or feeds her children. The western countries have many definitions for what a mother really is and these could vary depending on the societal position and definition. In most western countries, a mother is considered to be a mother when she has contributed to the nurture and the growth of her children by breast feeding or breastfeeding. This is considered to be the primary social role of the mother in the upbringing of the children. However, the western countries also recognize other roles of the mother such as in the housekeeping, caretaking and childcare provision.
In certain societies and communities in the west, it is considered to be degrading for a mother to be in a position to earn money. There are even some countries where it is illegal for a woman to seek her own money. However, these definitions might differ from one country to another. In some countries, earning money is viewed as a secondary position to motherhood. The main point here is that a mother plays an important part in the rearing of the children and that being a monetary source may not be the most important criteria in the rearing of children.
In the adoptive mother’s situation, it is normal for her to feel guilty about her adoption and that she might be considered to be neglecting her child because of this. On the other hand, the mother has to come to terms with the fact that she is no longer the biological mother of the child. Being a biological mother does not mean that you should be excused from giving your all in taking care of your child. There are a lot of mothers who would do anything for their child even though they might be emotionally and mentally drained at the same time. Adoption agencies and professionals who have experience in working with adoptive mothers will be of great help in helping these women deal with the guilt that they feel about abandonment.
On the other hand, the traditionalists believe that any woman can be regarded to be a mother even if she has not been formally married. Some of them say that a woman can only be considered a mother once she has married or had children. In this regard, it can be said that any woman who is emotionally, physically or financially stable can be considered to be a mother goddess. However, there is a division between a maternal goddess.
A maternal figure is someone who gives support and comfort to her children by means of her body and her heart. The traditionalists believe that the female human body has the power to give life. They say that the soul of a mother comes from the mother’s spirit and the heart of her child. Hence, the maternal figure is also associated with giving birth which is a sacred event in Hinduism. Some people say that a pregnant woman is a mother, but others do not agree to this stating that a pregnant woman is also a mama yet she is not a true mama because she cannot become a mother till she give birth to a child.