Have intense devotion to God. One must work hard. How can one achieve anything without effort? You must devote some time for prayer even in the midst of the busiest hour of the day.
-Holy mother Sri Sarada Devi
Today is phalaharini kali puja. Praying to the Divine Mother in the form of Maa Sarada Devi to bless us all.
Phalaharini Kali Puja today!!
A unique event took place on the Phalaharini Kali Puja day on 5th June 1872. Below are a few relevant passages of that event from Sri Ramakrishna the Great Master.
A little more than half of the month of Jyeshta had elapsed. It was the new-moon day, the holy occasion for the worship of Phalaharini Kalika Devi. It was the day of a special festival at the Dakshineswar temple. Sri Ramakrishna had made special preparations on that day with a view to worshipping the Mother of the universe. These preparations, however, had not been made in the temple, but, privately, in his own room at his desire. It was 9 pm when all the preparations for the mystery-worship of the Devi were completed. In the meantime, the Master had sent word to the Holy Mother to be present during the worship. She came to the room and the Master started the worship. The articles of worship were purified by the Mantras and all the rites preliminary to the worship were finished. The Master beckoned to the Holy Mother to sit on the wooden seat decorated with the Alimpana. While witnessing the worship, the Holy Mother had already entered into a divine semi-conscious state. Not clearly conscious, therefore, of what she was doing, she, like one charmed with Mantras, sat facing north to the right of the Master, who was seated with his face to the east.
According to scriptural injunctions the Master sprinkled the Holy Mother repeatedly with the water purified by Mantras from the pitcher placed before him, then uttered the Mantra in her hearing and then recited the prayer: O Lady, O Mother Tripurasundari who art the controller of all powers, open the door to perfection! Purify her (the Holy Mother’s) body and mind, manifest Thy-self in her and be beneficent.
Afterwards the Master performed the Nyasa of the Mantras in the Holy Mother’s person according to the injunctions of the Sastras, and worshipped her with the sixteen articles, as the Devi Herself. He then offered food and put a part of it into her mouth with his own hand. The Holy Mother lost normal consciousness and went into Samadhi. The Master too, uttering Mantras in the semi-conscious state, entered into complete Samadhi.
A long time passed. The second quarter of the night was over and the third had far advanced, when the Master, whose delight was only in the Self, showed a little sign of regaining normal consciousness. Returning to the semi-conscious state again, he offered himself to the Devi. He now gave away forever at the lotus feet of the Devi his all—the results of his Sadhanas, his rosary, etc.—along with his self, and saluted her uttering the Mantras: O Thou, the auspiciousness of all auspicious things! O doer of all actions! O refuge! O the three-eyed One! O the fair complexioned spouse of Siva! O Narayani! I bow down to Thee, I bow down to Thee!
The worship was at an end. The Master’s Sadhana reached its culmination with the worship of the Ruler of the universe, the Divine Mother in the body of a woman, the embodiment of spiritual knowledge itself.
ज्येष्ठ की अमावस्या थी । फाल्हारिणी कालिका की पूजा का पुण्य दिवस । दक्षिणेश्वर के काली मन्दिर में भी इस उपलक्ष्य में महोत्सव था । स्वयं श्रीजगदम्बा की पूजा करने की इच्छा से श्रीरामकृष्ण ने पूजा की सामग्री एकत्र करना आरम्भ किया , परन्तु आज की पूजा की तैयारी मन्दिर में न होकर उन्हीं की इच्छा के अनुसार गुप्त रूप से उनके कमरे में ही हो रही थी । देवी के बैठने के लिए एक सुन्दर पीढ़ा सजाकर रखा गया । धीरे धीरे दिन डूब गया और रात हुई । अमावस्या की कालिमा सर्वत्र फैली हुई थी । आज मन्दिर में देवी की विशेष पूजा रहने के कारण , श्रीरामकृष्ण के लिए पूजा की सभी तैयारी ठीक ठाक करके , हृदय जगदम्बा के मंदिर में चले गए । श्रीराधागोविन्दजी के मन्दिर में रात्रि की पूजा निपटाकर वहाँ का पुजारी श्रीरामकृष्ण की सहायता के लिए आया । पूजा की सब तैयारी होते होते नौ बज गये । पूजा के समय अपने कमरे में उपस्थित रहने के लिए श्रीरामकृष्ण ने अपनी पत्नी को सन्देशा भेजा , जिससे वे वहाँ आ गईं । सब तैयारी हो चुकी है , यह देखकर श्रीरामकृष्ण पूजा करने बैठ गए ।
सारी पूजा सामग्री की शुद्धि करके श्रीरामकृष्ण ने अपनी पत्नी से श्रीजगदम्बा के लिए रखे हुए आसन पर बैठने के लिए संकेत किया । श्रीरामकृष्ण के इस कृत्य का थोड़ा बहुत अर्थ पहले ही उनके ध्यान में आ जाने से उन्हें अर्धबाह्य अवस्था प्राप्त हो गयी थी । अतः मैं क्या कर रही हूँ इसका ठीक ठीक ध्यान न रहते हुए ही वे मन्त्रमुग्ध की तरह आसन पर पूर्वाभिमुख हो बैठ गईं ; पास ही रखे हुए कलश में से पानी लेकर श्रीरामकृष्ण ने उनपर यथाविधि सिंचन किया । तदनन्तर मंत्रोच्चारण समाप्त करके वे प्रार्थना मन्त्र कहने लगे --
" हे बाले ! हे सर्वशक्ति-अधीश्वरी माता ! त्रिपुरसुन्दरी ! सिद्धि का द्वार उन्मोचित करो , इसके शरीर-मन को पवित्र करके इसके अन्दर आविर्भूत हो सर्वविध कल्याण करो ! "
इसके श्रीरामकृष्ण ने अपनी पत्नी ( माँ सारदा ) का साक्षात् जगदम्बज्ञान से षोडशोपचार पूजन किया और नैवेद्य निवेदित करके उसमें से सब पदार्थों का थोड़ा थोड़ा अंश अपने हाथ से उनके मुख में डाला । यह सब विधि पूर्ण होते होते सारदादेवी को समाधि लग गयी । अर्धबाह्य दशा में मन्त्रोच्चारण करते हुए श्रीरामकृष्ण भी समाधिमग्न हो गये ! देवी और पुजारी दोनों ही एकरूप हो गए ।
काफी समय बीत गया । रात्रि का द्वितीय प्रहर बीतकर भी बहुत समय हो गया , तब कहीं श्रीरामकृष्ण की समाधि उतरी । पूर्ववत् अर्धबाह्य दशा प्राप्त होने पर उन्होंने देवी को आत्मनिवेदन किया । तदनन्तर अपनी जप की माला , अपनी साधनाओं का फल इत्यादि सब कुछ देवी के पादपद्मों में स्थायी रूप से निवेदित करके पुनः मन्त्रोच्चारण करते हुए वे उन्हें प्रणाम करने लगे :
" हे सर्वमंगलमांगल्ये ! हे सर्वकर्मनिष्पन्नकारिणी ! हे शरणदायिनी ! त्रिनयने ! शिवगेहिनी ! गौरी ! हे नारायणी ! तुम्हें प्रणाम है , मैं तुमको प्रणाम करता हूँ ! "
पूजा समाप्त हुई । मनुष्यदेहधारिणी श्रीजगदम्बा की पूजा करके श्रीरामकृष्ण ने अपनी अलौकिक साधनाओं की परिसमाप्ति की ।
You see, it is the nature of water to flow downwards, but the sun’s rays lift it up towards the sky; likewise it is the very nature of mind to go to lower things, to objects of enjoyment, but the grace of God can make the mind go towards higher objects. ...
If a person is steady in meditation, he will clearly see the Lord in his heart and hear His voice. The moment an idea flashes in his mind, it will at once be fulfilled and he will be bathed in peace.
-Holy mother Sri Sarada Devi
One who is able to renounce all for His sake is a living god. Even the decrees of fate are cancelled if one takes refuge in God. Fate strikes off with her own hand what she has written about such a person. ...
My child, this world is like a deep marshy place. Once a person gets entangled there, it becomes very difficult to come out. Repeat the name of God. If you do so, He will cut away your bondage some day. Can anyone get liberation, my child, unless He himself removes the shackles? Have deep faith in God. Look upon Sri Ramakrishna as your refuge, even as children regard their parents. ...
The mantra purifies the body. Man becomes pure by repeating the mantra of God. It is said, ‘The human teacher utters the mantra into the ear, but God breathes the spirit into the soul.’
-Holy mother Sri Sarada Devi
Does one get a faith by mere study of books? Too much reading creates confusion. Sri Ramakrishna used to say that one should learn from the scriptures that God alone is real and the world illusory. ...
Always discriminate. Whenever the mind goes after anything other than God, consider it as transient and surrender the mind at the sacred feet of the Lord. Be like the man who, while angling for fish, became so absorbed in it that he did not hear the least of the din and bustle of a marriage procession passing by. ...
Do not make any distinction between Sri Ramakrishna and me. Meditate on and pray to the particular aspect of the divinity revealed to you. Worship ends with absorption in meditation. . . . Neither mantra nor scripture is of any avail; bhakti or devotion alone accomplishes everything. ...
Such is the fascination of money that if your involve yourself too much in it, you will feel attracted to it. You may think that you are above money and that you will never feel any attraction for it as you have once renounced it. No, my child, never harbor this thought in your mind. Through a tiny little loophole it will enter into your mind then strangle you gradually quite undetected. ...
The mind is everything. It is in the mind alone that one feels pure and impure. A person, first of all must make his or her own mind guilty and then alone they can see another’s guilt. Does anything ever happen to another if you enumerate their faults? It only injures you. This has been my attitude. Hence I cannot see anybody’s faults. If someone does a trifle for me, I try to remember that person even for that. To see the faults of others! One should never do it. Forgiveness is indeed tapasya - spiritual austerity. ...
Everything—husband, wife, or even the body, is illusory. These are all shackles of illusion. Unless you can free yourself from these bondages, you will never be able to go to the other shore of the world. Even this attachment to the body, the identification of the self with the body, must go. What is this body, my darling? It is nothing but three pounds of ashes when it is cremated. Why so much vanity about it? However strong or beautiful this body may be, its culmination is in those three pounds of ashes. And still people are so attached to it!