Posted by: ramrajya | August 18, 2010

Holy Mother Sarada Devi. Tamil Speech Engal Baratham S.V.Ramani.

Holy Mother Sarada Devi. Tamil Speech Engal Baratham S.V.Ramani.

Sri Sarada Devi (1853—1920), born Saradamani Mukhopadhyaya was the wife and spiritual counterpart of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Sarada Devi is also reverentially addressed as the Holy Mother Sarada Devi played an important role in the growth of the Ramakrishna Movement.

Sri Sarada Devi was born in Jayrambati. At the age of five she was betrothed to Ramakrishna, whom she joined at Dakshineswar when she was in her late teens. According to her traditional biographers, both lived lives of unbroken continence, showing the ideals of a householder and of the monastic ways of life. After Ramakrishna’s death, Sarada Devi stayed most of the time either at Jayrambati or at the Udbodhan office, Calcutta. The disciples of Ramakrishna regarded her as their own mother, and after their guru’s passing looked to her for advice and encouragement. The followers of the Ramakrishna movement regard Sarada Devi as an incarnation of the Divine Mother.

At Dakshineswar, Sarada Devi stayed in a tiny room in the nahabat (musical tower). Sarada Devi stayed at Dakshineswar until 1885, except for short periods when she visited her village Jayrambati. By this time Ramakrishna had already embraced the monastic life of a sannyasin; as a result, the marriage was never consummated

Sarada Devi’s day began at 3 am. After finishing her ablutions in the Ganges, she would practice japa and meditation until daybreak. Ramakrishna taught her the sacred mantras, and instructed her how to initiate people and guide them in spiritual life. Sarada Devi is regarded as Ramakrishna’s first disciple

Holy Mother Sarada Devi gave the last advice to her grief stricken devotees, “But I tell you one thing—if you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others. Rather see your own faults. Learn to make the whole world your own. No one is a stranger my child: this whole world is your own!” This is considered as her last message to the world. She died at 1.30 am on July 20, 1920. Her body was cremated at the Belur Math.

Sri Sarada Devi Saranam.


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