“Whenever you are in distress just say to yourself, I have a Mother. If not anybody else”.
It is an assurance to ward off all uncertainties. Thus taking us all in her care, & being refuge for all. A child may be helpless, but it has sanctuary in its mother.
Popularly known as Holy Mother, Sri Maa Sarada Devi was born on 22nd December, 1853 in Jayarambati a village in Bengal as Saradamani Mukhopadhyay (popularly known as Holy Mother) to a pious couple Ramachandra Mukhopadhyay & Shyama Sundari Devi as their first child. She was spiritual consort of Sri Ramakrishna.
In due time, after marriage with Sri Ramakrishna she stayed with him at Dakshineshwar and served him as devoted wife. They lived an immensely pure life & their relationship was entirely spiritual. She is regarded as first disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. Once Sri Ramakrishna ritually worshipped her as the divine Mother & thus evoked universal motherhood in her.
When disciples began to gather around Sri Ramakrishna she looked upon them as her own children. After passing away of Sri Ramakrishna in 1886, Sarada Devi spent some months in pilgrimage & then went to Kamarpukur (birth place of Sri Ramakrishna) & lived in great privation.
Turning point in her life came when she was brought back to Kolkata by disciples of Sri Ramakrishna, she became unifying center for all of them. She started initiating spiritual seekers, served as guide for newly formed Ramakrishna Math & Mission, & become open doorway for spiritual liberation for many. Her great universal mother-heart, endowed with boundless love and compassion, embraced all people without any distinction, including many who had lived sinful lives.
Thou she had realized spiritual perfection & was regarded as Divine Mother by many, she continued living a simple life as like most Indian Women & Mothers. A symbol of Selfless service & Sacrifice, she lived life of great hardship but remained calm & self-possessed, showering love to all. As rightly said by Sister Nivedita “Her life was one long stillness of Prayer”.
Due to strain from constant physical work & self-denial & repeated attack of malaria, her health declined & she left this mortal world on July 21st 1920.
Through her last message to a devotee she gave her final instructed, “Dear Daughter But I tell you one thing—if you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others. Rather see your own faults. Learn to make the whole world your own. No one is a stranger my child: this whole world is your own!”