Of all the great mothers, Earth in her intimate nearness was perhaps the first to be worshipped by man. The moment he lifted his eyes beyond his own human mother he necessarily discovered this greater mother, his environment, his homeland, the landscape: the trees and rivers, the mountains, lakes and seas around him. And to all but the most cynical the maternal qualities and characteristics of Mother Earth must have been clearly outstanding.
As producer and supplier of food, earth provides the human soul with a physical body, the instrument without which it would be lost in vague feelings and thoughts, the refuge from its fears and nightmares, provides also a
for the soul to sit upon, and around it a
to rule. Discovering our sonship, loving the earth as our mother, and eventually recognizing ourselves as one with her, we are invited to reign over her. But we must conquer our own inner kingdom before we can
of earth a living house, a splendid dwelling place for the divinity in us and the life to come after us. This we cannot do by seeking for paradises in some far beyond. Here and now this earth is waiting to be transformed into the Garden of Eden she was to us in our great beginnings.
Perhaps you will be astonished to find the ‘crocodile’ as our symbol picture of Mother Earth, but for the Egyptians the crocodile was sacred because they saw it coming out of the black mud of the Nile the fertilized their fields, and in their eyes it was a regal and beautiful animal.
- Thus shall the earth open to divinity
- And common natures feel the wide uplift,
- Illumine common acts with the Spirit’s ray
- And meet the deity in common things. ...
- This earthly life become the life divine. 
- Savitri, p.710, “The Soul's Choice and the Supreme Consummation”