अदिति (aditi)- The Supreme Mother

  • The sound ‘अ a’ here is a negative prefix meaning ‘not’.
  • The word ‘दितिditi’ is derived from a lost root ‘दि di’ which means to cut, split or separate or divide. It is important to note that the fundamental experience associated with the seed-sound द (da) is a forceful motion which splits, divides, separates. So, दिति (diti) refers to division, split, separation, duality etc.
  • The word अदिति (aditi) — ‘not diti’ or ‘not divided’ thus refers to that which is indivisible.
  • Hence अदिति (aditi) is the undivided consciousness. In the Vedic tradition अदिति (aditi) is identified as the mother of gods, the infinite mother, the supreme Prakriti, in opposition to दिति (diti) the divided consciousness from whom all the दैत्य (daitya-s) or demons are born.

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Sampadananda Mishra

Sampadananda Mishra

Author, speaker and researcher on subjects related to Sanskrit, Indian Culture, Spirituality, Yoga and Education. SahityaAkademi and President of India Awardee.