Foundation of Teaching
Divine Feminine, Compassion, Love, Presence
Example of Teaching
“As wind removes a cloud, so does the name of God disperse the cloud of worldliness.”
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Sarada Devi (1853 – 1920) endearingly known as ‘Holy Mother’, the spiritual consort of Sri Ramakrishna whom she was promised to at age 5. Sri Ramakrishna looked upon Sarada Devi as a special manifestation of Divine Mother of the universe. In 1872, on the night of the Phala-harini-Kali-puja, he ritualistically worshipped Sarada Devi as the Divine Mother, thereby awakening universal Motherhood latent in her. When disciples began to gather around Sri Ramakrishna, Sarada Devi learned to look upon them as her own children.
Sarada Devi was a spiritual giant in her own right and yet, in her simple and unassuming way, she served Ramakrishna and his disciples for many years. After Ramakrishna’s passing away, she carried on his religious ministry, serving as guide and inspiration of the new spiritual movement.
Sri Sarada Devi promoted the education and economic independence of women. Through her example of unconditional love, she teaches us that we can love all of God’s creation, including plants and animals. Sri Sarada Devi’s life and teachings demonstrate the ideal of the universal motherhood of God.
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- “One must be patient like the earth. What iniquities are being perpetrated on her! Yet she quietly endures them all.”
- “The happiness of the world is transitory. The less you become attached to the world, the more you enjoy peace of mind.”
- “There is no treasure equal to contentment and no virtue equal to fortitude.”
- “As you smell the fragrance of a flower by handing it or the smell of sandalwood by rubbing it against a stone, so you obtain spiritual awakening by constantly thinking of God.”
- “To err is human. One must not take that into account. It is harmful for oneself. One gets into the habit of finding fault…”
- “Practise meditation, and by and by your mind will be so calm and fixed that you will find it hard to keep away from meditation.”
- “I am the mother of the wicked, as I am the mother of the virtuous. Never fear. Whenever you are in distress, say to yourself, ‘I have a mother.”