Like the eternal Tao, a wise mother gives birth but does not possess. She meets the child's needs yet requires no gratitude.
Observe how great masters raise their dearest disciples. Observe how nature raises up plants and animals.
Great teachers take no credit for their students' growth, yet they will go to any length zo teach them what they need to know.
Nature requires no praise, yet it provides for all needs of earth's inhabitants.
Mother is like the reflecting principle, the balancing agent for the child. Like a guru, she allows the child to make mistakes and loves the child without condition. Like nature, she allows consequences to unfold and balance to be restores when it is lost.
She intervenes only when the right use of power is required.
Vimala McClure, The Tao of motherhood