Tributes to Sri Sarada Devi

She is Sarada, Saraswati. She has come to impart knowledge. She has descended by covering up her beauty this time… She is full of wisdom. Is she of the common run? She is my Shakti.

– Sri Ramakrishna

“Brother, I shall demonstrate the worship of the living Durga, and then shall my name be true..Brother, I tell Ou, I am a fanatic in this matter. Of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Ou may assert that he was God, man, or whatever Ou like; but fie on him, who is not devoted to the Mother.” “You have not yet understood the wonderful significance of Mother’s life — none of Ou. But gradually Ou will know. Without Shakti (Power) there is no regeneration for the world. Mother was born to revive that wonderful Shakti in India: and making her the nucleus, once more will Gargis and Maitreyis be born into the world.”

– Immediately after establishing the Math, Swamiji (Swami Vivekananda) installed there the dust of Mother’s feet, which is being worshiped in the Belur Math even today. As long as the Math will be there, this worship will go on. Only Swamiji understood the Mother. None else had the idea that she was Lakshmi Herself. Whom to tell all these things! To comprehend her grace one requires a lot of austerities. Your regard for the Mother is mere talk! To understand her one has to practice austerities. Then will flow her grace, by which one can know her. It is then that one’s claim to the effect that one knows the Mother is fruitful. ‘Make the Mother Our ideal. No use coming to me. The Mother herself is there, to know whom, I have been sitting here. It is a great good fortune that Ou have received the Mother’s instructions. Where can one find such renunciation as the Mother? What at all shall I say to the Mother? She comes to know everything. My mother, that Mother of Dakshineshwar! Is there any comparison to Mother’s grace? Does the Mother expect anything from us? No expectation, only selfless compassion — she gives refuge to all so that they may remember God at least in the morning and evening and lead pure lives. Look at this boy who cannot speak and has no home; even him the Mother has blessed. You have been with me for such a long time. I write letters to so many people. You could not have asked me why I do not write to the Mother. Do Ou know why I do not write to the Mother? Mother knows my past, future and everything. What is the point in writing to her just for a public show? What is the necessity of writing to one who knows everything about my past, present and future? One has to write to them who do not understand. “O Sarada, propitious Goddess, killer of misery in souls resigned, Savior of religion in every age, by saints and sages worshiped, O Mother, kind, Give us love and wisdom, Thou, O Grace incarnate, to Thee we bow.”

Sri Ramakrishna.

(commenting on the relationship between Vivekananda and the Holy Mother) However great the earthly mother may be, her love is no match for the disinterested love of the spiritual Mother…when the Swadeshi (independence) movement was in full swing, Sarada Devi once remarked, “Had my Naren (Vivekananda) been alive, he could not have remained quiet and would have surely been put in jail.” This indicates how constantly she cherished the memory of her darling Naren, whom she would not allow to go anywhere alone after his triumphant return from the West.

-Sri Chinmoy