Sri Sarada Devi

Teachings of Sri Sarada Devi

Teachings of Sri Sarada Devi, which is known to be one of the most powerful lessons about spirituality is available online in the website. The lessons are in simple words that can be well understood by the reader. Sri Sarada Devi, who is also wife of famous spiritual leader Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, counted in list of first female saints in the 19th century. Sarada Devi considering husband as her Guru, followed the foot steps of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa to guide people on spiritual ways and for the welfare of women in India. Sarada Devi’s teachings has motivated many people across India to acknowledge spiritual life.

You see, my son, it is not a fact that you will never face dangers. Difficulties always come, but they do not last forever. You will see that they pass away like water under a bridge. ...
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The world is the Lord’s. He created it for His own play. We are mere pawns in His game. Wherever He keeps us and in whatever way He does so, we have to abide by it contentedly. We suffer as a result of our own actions; it is unfair to blame anybody for it. We have to surrender ourselves completely to the Lord with faith and devotion in Him, serve others to the best of our capacity, and never be a source of sorrow to anybody. ...
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Don’t be afraid. Human birth is full of suffering and one has to endure everything patiently, taking the Name of God. None, not even God in human form, can escape the sufferings of the body and mind. ...
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One suffers as a result of one’s own actions. So, instead of blaming others for such sufferings, one should pray to the Lord and depending entirely on His grace, try to bear them patiently and with forbearance under all circumstances. ...
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The world is the Lord’s. He created it for His own play. We are mere pawns in His game. Wherever He keeps us and in whatever way He does so, we have to abide by it contentedly. ...
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One should always recollect God and pray to Him for right understanding. How many are there who can meditate and practice Japa all the time? At first they earnestly practice these disciplines, but their brains become heated in the long run by sitting constantly on their prayer rugs. They become very vain. They also suffer from mental worries by reflecting on different things. It is much better to work than to allow the mind to roam at large. For when the mind gets a free scope to wander, it creates much confusion. My Naren thought of these things and wisely founded institutions where people would do disinterested work. ...
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Alluding to X___, Mother said, “Just see how impure her mind has become through idleness.” ...
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Do the Master’s work, and along with that practice spiritual disciplines too. Work helps one to keep off idle thoughts. If one is without work, such thoughts rush into one’s mind. ...
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How can one’s mind be healthy if one doesn’t work? No one can spend all twenty-four hours in thought and meditation. So one must engage oneself in work; it keeps the mind cheerful. ...
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On moonlit nights I would look at the moon and pray, ‘May my mind be pure as the rays of the moon!’ or ‘O Lord, there are stains even on the moon, but let my mind be absolutely stainless.’ ...
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He who has a pure mind sees everything pure. ...
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Disciple: “However I may try to remove evil thoughts, I do not succeed.”Mother: “This is the result of what you have done in your past life. Can one get rid of it by force? Cultivate good company, try to be good, and in time you will succeed. Pray to the Master. I, too, am here.” ...
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The mind is everything. It is in the mind alone that one feels pure and impure. A man, first of all, must make his own mind guilty and then alone he can see another man’s guilt. Does anything ever happen to another if you enumerate his faults? It only injures you. ...
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Disciple: “I have been practicing religious disciplines. I do not relax my efforts in that direction. But it appears that the impurities of mind are not growing less. “Mother: “You have rolled different threads on a reel — red, black and white. While unrolling you will see them all exactly in the same way.” ...
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Can anyone altogether destroy lust? A little of it remains as long as one has the body. But it can be subdued, as a snake can be subdued by charmed dust. ...
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Regarding weakness of the mind, Holy Mother said to a disciple, “Child, this is the law of nature. Have you not noticed the full moon and the new moon? Likewise the mind is sometimes dominated by good, and sometimes by bad tendencies. ...
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Mother forbade a disciple to make pilgrimages without discrimination of time and company. Quoting from a song, she said, ” ‘Pilgrimage and excursion are causes of misery. Oh my mind, don’t be restless about them.’ You can attain more in your house, if you are really earnest.” ...
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The mind naturally tends towards evil deeds. It is lethargic in doing good works. Formerly I used to get up at 3 a.m. and sit up for meditation. One day I felt disinclined to do so on account of physical indisposition. That one day’s irregularity resulted in the upsetting of my routine for a number of days. That is why I say that perseverance and tenacity are necessary for success in all good work. ...
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Whenever the mind goes after anything other than God, consider that as transient and surrender the mind at the sacred feet of the Lord. ...
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Disciple: “I cannot concentrate my mind well during meditation. My mind is fickle and unsteady.”Mother: “Don’t worry! Restlessness is the nature of the mind, as it is of the eyes and ears. Practice regularly. The Name of God is more powerful than the senses. Always think of the Master, who is looking after you. Don’t be troubled about your lapses.” ...
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My child, this mind is just like a wild elephant. It races with the wind. Therefore one should discriminate all the time. One should work hard for the realization of God. ...
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One must do some work. Through work alone one can remove the bondage of work, not by avoiding work. Total detachment comes later on. One should not be without work even for a moment. ...
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Disciple: “How does one get love of God?” Mother: “The grace of God is the thing that is needful. One should pray for the grace of God.” ...
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Is faith so cheap, my child? Faith is the last word. If one has faith, the goal is practically reached. ...
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He who thinks always of the Lord, which way can evil come to him? ...
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Pray to God with tears in your eyes whenever you want illumination or find yourself faced with any doubt or difficulty. The Lord will remove all your impurities, assuage your mental anguish, and give you enlightenment. ...
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Disciple: “If God is the father and mother of all, then why does He make us commit sin?”Mother: “No doubt, God alone has become all these objects, animate and inanimate, but in the relative world all beings act and suffer according to their past Karma and innate tendencies. The sun is one, no doubt, but his manifestation differs according to objects and places. “Disciple: “If everything happens according to the will of God, then why does He not annul the law of Karma ?”Mother: “Yes, if He wills, He can shorten the period of evolution. But we do not know His will.” ...
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You see, my son, it is not a fact that you will never face dangers. Difficulties always come, but they do not last forever. You will see that they pass away like water under a bridge. ...
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Disciple: “If there is a God, why is there so much misery in this world? Does He not see? Or hasn’t He the power to remove these evils?”Mother: “The creation itself is full of griefs. How can one understand joy if there is no sorrow? And how can everyone be happy at the same time? There is a story that once Sita said to Rama, ‘Why do you not remove everybody’s miseries? Make everyone in your kingdom—all your subjects—happy. You can do it if you like.’ Rama answered, ‘Can everyone be happy at the same time?’ ‘Well, they can, if you so desire. Why not satisfy all their needs from the royal treasury?’ ‘Just as you wish.’“Then Rama called Lakshmana and said, ‘Go and tell everyone in my kingdom that all their needs will be supplied from my treasury.’ When the people heard this, they came and explained their needs. The treasury was laid open. Everyone lived in happiness. But such was the dispensation of Rama that soon the roof of the royal palace showed cracks and water seeped through. Masons were sent for to repair the crack. But there were none to be found. Where was any labourer to be found? The subjects also came and complained that because there were no masons or workmen, their houses and buildings were falling to pieces. Then, seeing no other way, Sita said to Rama, ‘We cannot suffer in the wet like this! Let everything be as it was. Then we can get workmen again. Everybody cannot be happy at the same time.’ ‘So be it,’ answered Rama. In the twinkling of an eye everything was as it used to be. One could get workmen again. ‘Lord, it is true that this life is only a game of yours!’ said Sita.“No one can suffer for all time. No one will spend all his days on this earth in suffering. Every action brings its own result, and one gets one’s opportunities accordingly.”Disciple: “Then is everything the fruit of Karma?”Mother: “What else, if not Karma?” ...
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One who makes a habit of prayer will easily overcome all difficulties and remain calm and unruffled in the midst of the trials of life. ...
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He who thinks always of the Lord, which way can evil come to him? ...
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No one can suffer for all time. No one will spend all his days on this earth in suffering. Every action brings its own result, and one gets one’s opportunities accordingly. ...
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People complain about their griefs and sorrows and how they pray to God but find no relief from pain. But grief itself is a gift from God. It is the symbol of His compassion. … Tell me, who is there in the world who has not had to bear sorrow? Vrinda once said to Krishna, ‘Who said you are merciful? As Rama you filled Sita’s life with sorrow; as Krishna you fill Radha’s life with sorrow. In Kamsa’s prison your parents weep for you night and day. Yet we call upon you, because he who takes your Name has no fear of death.’ ...
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One must be patient like the earth. What iniquities are being perpetrated on her! Yet she quietly endures them all. Man, too, should be like that. ...
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Don’t be afraid. Human birth is full of suffering and one has to endure everything patiently, taking the Name of God. None, not even God in human form, can escape the sufferings of the body and mind. ...
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Such is life, here today, gone tomorrow! Nothing goes with one, except one’s merit and demerit; good and evil deeds follow one even after death. ...
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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. ...
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Disciple: “I find it impossible to meditate. Please awaken my Kundalini.”Mother: “It will awaken in the course of time. Do Japa and meditation. It does not rise of itself. Continuous meditation will make the mind so steady that you will not feel inclined to give it up. When the mind is not in a good mood to meditate, do not force it to do so. In such conditions, get up from the seat of meditation after making prostrations. Real meditation is of a spontaneous nature.” ...
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Why should not one have concentration and meditation if the mind is pure? Why should not one have God vision? When one sits down for Japa, God’s Name will continue rising up from the mind naturally and not with effort. ...
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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. ...
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The Kundalini will be gradually awakened. You will realize everything by the repetition of God’s Name. Even if the mind is not quiet, still you can sit and repeat the holy Name a million times. Before the awakening of the Kundalini, one hears the Anahata sound; but nothing can be achieved without the grace of the Divine Mother. ...
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Disciple: “Mother, shall I practice the repetition of the holy Name having in mind a fixed number of repetitions?”Mother: “If you repeat with an eye to number, your mind may be concentrated on the number alone. Therefore I would advise you to repeat the Name of God without being particular about the number.” ...
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Disciple: “I practice Japa, but I cannot concentrate my mind.”Mother: “Repeat the Name of God, whether your mind is concentrated or not. It will be good for you if you can repeat the Name of God for a fixed number of times daily.” ...
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True it is that there is no hard and fast rule about the time of Japa, yet morning and evening are the favourable periods. Whatever the time be, you must do Japa every day. It is not good to forgo it any day. ...
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True it is that there is no hard and fast rule about the time of Japa, yet morning and evening are the favourable periods. Whatever the time be, you must do Japa every day. It is not good to forgo it any day. ...
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One has to suffer the consequences of one’s deeds. But by repeating the Name of God, you can lessen its intensity. If you were destined to have a wound as wide as a ploughshare, you will get a pin-prick at least. The effect of Karma can be counteracted to a great extent by Japa and austerities. ...
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A devotee asked her, “Mother, what is the secret?” She pointed to a small timepiece in a niche and said, “As that timepiece is ticking, so also go on repeating God’s Name. That will bring you everything. Nothing more need be done. ...
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