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Sri Sarada Devi

Sri Sarada Devi

Sarada Devi was born on 22 December 1853 in Jayrambati, a little village in Bengal.

Betrothed very young to Ramakrishna in accordance with the age old tradition, she did not join him until 1872. The religious exaltation in which her husband always lived was a joy to Sarada, because this exaltation fulfilled her own aspirations. Their union remained chaste, but was nevertheless perfect: neither of them was at the service of the other, since both had devoted themselves to the realisation of the Supreme.

After Ramakrishna’s departure in 1886, Sarada was spontaneously recognised by all the disciples as the clearest and most eminent witness of Ramakrishna’s message, and although she was venerated by all of them, she always retained her native simplicity.

Sarada Devi left this world in 1920.

Her last words (recited before every meal at the Gretz ashram) were: “if you want peace of mind, do not see the faults of others - see rather your own faults. Learn to regard the whole universe as no different from yourself. No one is a stranger. The world and you are all one.”

Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015