A soul can only incarnate into human form if it has earned that privilege in its previous births, and if it has been blessed with grace. So when a woman conceives a child, she becomes the channel of divine opportunity for a worthy and deserving soul; and she can use her creative power to awaken—her identity as Mata Shakti—to bless her own child through her prayer.
The purpose of the mother is to serve and support the soul of the child so that it has a chance to attain liberation in this lifetime. The purpose of the child is to understand this chance and do her best to fulfill it. Any other relationship between the mother and child is maya, a worldly trap. If the relationship becomes one of ego and too much attachment, both the mother and the child create karma for themselves.
If the relationship is one of projective prayer on the part of the mother for the highest spiritual destiny of her child; and if the child can receive that prayer and deliver it—both are liberated. Not only that, when a child reaches the state that is described in this shabd, seven generations before and after attain liberation as well. What higher hope and prayer can there be for one’s baby?
To help a woman hold the highest intention and prayer for her child, Guru Arjan, the fifth Sikh Master, composed the shabad, Puta Mata Ki Asis. This shabad embodies the purest prayer that a mother can wish for her child. Subconsciously, this shabad helps the woman and the child understand the purpose of their relationship to one another.
Puta Mata Ki Asis
Raag Gujri, Fifth Channel of Light
Remembering Him, all sins are erased, and ones generations are saved.
So meditate continually on the Lord, Har, Har; He has no end or limitation. || 1 ||
O child, this is your mother’s blessing, that you may never forget the Lord, Har, Har, even for an instant.
May you ever vibrate the Lord of the Universe. || 1 || Pause ||
May the True Guru be kind to you, and may you love the Society of the Saints. May the preservation of your honor by the Transcendent Lord be your clothing, and may the singing of His Praises be your food. || 2 ||
So drink in forever the Ambrosial Nectar. May you live long, may the meditative remembrance of the Lord give you infinite delight. May joy and pleasure be yours. May your hopes be fulfilled and may you never be troubled by worries.|| 3 ||
Let this mind of yours be the bumble bee, and let the Lord’s feet be the lotus flower. Says servant Nanak, attach your mind to them, and blossom forth like the songbird, upon finding the raindrop. || 4 || 3 || 4 ||
Listen to this shabad by Chardi Kala Jatha