Proverb: The Hand that rocks the cradle Rules the world

The Hand that rocks the cradle Rules the world

The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand of the mother. The proverb therefore implies that the very same mother who rocks the cradle to put her child to sleep, also rules the world. How is this so?

The word ‘rule’ in the proverb does not necessarily mean to ‘govern’. It is used in a wider sense i.e., to influence people, to guide and direct them and to lead them. It is the mother who moulds the character of the child. The child then grows up to be an important personality, perhaps someone who decides the destinies of people or countries. What they have been taught on their mother’s lap will then be the guiding force behind the decisions they make. No wonder it was that Abraham Lincoln said, “All that I am or hope to be I owe to my angel mother.”

We have the example of Jijamata who inspired Shivaji Maharaj as a child with stories of great heroes. It was this inspiration that led him to lead the battle for Hindavi Swarajya and to establish the Maratha Empire. 

You may not turn out to be a great ruler, but what you have been taught by your mother during childhood will be the guiding force in all that you do during your lifetime.

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