Jananîmshâradâmdevîm, râmkrishnamjagatgurum, Pâdapadmetayohshritvâ, pranamâmimuhurmuhuh
“Taking shelter at the feet of Sri Sarada Devi, the universal Mother, and Ramakrishna the teacher of the world, I salute them again and again.”
by Swami Abhedananda
(Monastic disciple of Sri Ramakrishna)
Sri Sarada Devi, the Holy Mother is the Divine Consort of Sri Ramakrishna. Unlike Sri Ramakrishna, she did not outwardly practise austerities or observe rituals. Her life was one of quiet prayer and meditation, and she never neglected the performance of the daily duties.
She refused to find fault with anyone, for she saw the Lord’s presence even in the worst human beings.
The Holy Mother emphasizes that the world belongs to us, and there are no strangers. This positive Vedanta is the special mission of the Holy Mother’s life and which is the utmost requirement in modern times.
Let us look at her positive Vedanta in her own words …
Formula for Peace
“If you want peace, do not find fault with others. Rather see your own faults. Learn to make the world your own. No one is a stranger, my child. The whole world is your own.”
“One must be patient like the earth. What iniquities are being perpetuated on her! Yet she quietly endures them all.”
Lesson to Modern Consumerists
“We should give everyone his due. What is not edible for a man, give to a cow; what is not edible for a cow, give to a dog; what is not edible for a dog; throw into a lake for fish to eat. But never waste.”
“One should not trifle with a thing, though it may be very insignificant. If you respect a thing, the thing also respects you. Even a broomstick should be treated with respect. One should perform even an insignificant work with respect.”
“One should not hurt others even by words. One must not speak even an unpleasant truth unnecessarily. By indulging in rude words one’s nature becomes rude. One’s sensibility is lost if one has no control over one’s speech.”
How to love all equally?
“Do not demand anything from those you love. If you make demands, some will give you more and some less. In any case you will love more those who give you more and less those who give you less. Thus your love will not be the same for all. You will not be able to love all impartially.”
Devotion to God
“God has this infinite creation. If you do not pray to God, what does it matter to Him? There are many people who do not even think of God. If you do not call on Him, it is your own misfortune.”
“To work without attachment is to work without the expectation of reward or fear of any punishment in this world or the next. Work so done is a means to the end, and God is the end.”
They came to him, attracted by his irresistible spiritual power, people of all classes – men and women, young and old, educated and illiterate, agnostic and orthodox. All felt the radiation of his spirit and were uplifted in his presence. His love for men knew no barriers of race, colour or creed, and he gave without stint to all who sought his counsel and blessing. He specially trained a small band of young monastic disciples, who, at his bidding, took the vows of God-realisation for themselves and of service to humanity. After their Master’s passing away they carried his message to distant countries, across lands and oceans.