The Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi

The Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi

By SWAMI SHANTATMANANDA | 16 December, 2017

The Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi, the consort of Sri Ramakrishna, led an exemplary spiritual life. Many devotees considered her as the embodiment of the Divine Mother. But, from her external appearance it was impossible for an ordinary person to gauge her spiritual depth. One could easily mistake her for a housemaid. But, a number of devotees and monks have narrated in their reminiscences of her incidents which reveal her spiritual dimension. But, her spirituality lay hidden in her simplicity and loving concern for others. Her spirit of service was remarkable. Even during her lifetime she was worshipped by a large number of devotees as their Guru or spiritual mentor.

Once, it was an occasion of her birthday and she was staying at Jayrambati. A large number of devotees had gathered and there was a huge line to have her darshan and to offer pranams to her. But, the Mother was not to be seen anywhere and her attendants were searching for her frantically. At last, one of them found her in the inner apartments. She was busy preparing the diet for one of the young daughter-in-laws of the house i.e. the wife of one of her brothers. The young lady was in the family way and needed a special diet. The Holy Mother knew that all attention on that day would be on her since it was her birthday and no one would think about the young daughter-in-law and her need for a special diet. So, instead of sitting and accepting the devotional offerings of her disciples, the Holy Mother thought it more expedient to prepare food for the young lady who was in the family way. After finishing her work, she calmly came to the place where the devotees had gathered and sat silently to receive their salutations. That was her nature—so unassuming and so self-effacing, yet at the same time ready to serve anyone and everyone.

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