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Maya Angelou with her mother, "Lady"

Maya Angelou with her mother, “Lady”

I’ve just finished reading one of the most Glorious reads (not just a Good Read), Maya Angelou’s Mom & Me & Mom. I could quote the whole book, but will start here, at an intersection of Angelou’s words and my Sri Vidya and ParaYoga tradition:

I came to the realization..I had a mother. My mother spoke highly of me, and to me. But more important…, she was there with me. She had my back, supported me. This is the role of the mother, and in [her] visit I really saw clearly, and for the first time, why a mother is really important. Not just because she feeds and also loves and cuddles and even mollycoddles a child, but because in an interesting and maybe an eerie and unworldly way, she stands in the gap. She stands between the unknown and the known.

“She stands in the gap.”¬†And there, we lie in Her lap.

Jai, Ma!