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Sarada Devi served Sri Ramakrishna and his innumerable devotees and disciples for fourteen years simultaneously receiving rigorous spiritual training from her husband.  This life of sacrifice, sadhana and selfless struggle of Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Sarada Devi resulted in the accumulation of great spiritual wealth that powers the Math, Mission and the devotees forever.

She was thirty-three years of age when Sri Ramakrishna passed away.  The compulsion to play diverse and different roles devolved on her immediately thereafter.  As a homemaker she had to bear, forever, the onslaught of unreasonable, dissatisfied and demanding relatives. Again, she had to be the spiritual guide to the monks of the Ramakrishna Order and the ever-increasing spiritual aspirants. “Far from shunning a distracting world, she embraced it and enfolded it in her love.  In the midst of a thousand distractions, she preserved the naturalness and peace of her personality.”

She was the most ideal woman who shouldered enormous responsibilities against all odds and still radiated the core of womanhood viz., purity and motherly love. The unceasing flow of abundant love from her large heart was easily perceptible to all alike that she naturally became “Sri Ma”, the Holy Mother.

The self-effacing Sarada is the ideal source of inspiration to the women of all ages and nations, an ideal guru to all seekers of truth, a source of solace and peace to all struggling souls and above all, the loving mother, always ready to shower her extraordinary love and abundant compassion on all of us.

“Whose character is all pure

whose life is similarly pure;

who is the embodiment of purity and divine;

that shining goddess I salute again and again.”

Swami Abhedananda on Sri Sarada Devi

“I am the mother of the wicked, as I am the mother of the virtuous. Whenever you are in distress, just say to yourself, ‘I have a mother.’” - Sri Sarada Devi

 

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