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.

The whole world is a dream; even this (the waking state) is a dream … What you dreamt last night does not exist now. … A farmer who had lost a son dreamt at night that he was a king and the father of eight sons. When the dream vanished, he said to his wife, ‘Shall I weep for my eight sons or this one?’ ...
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What is there in this world? Tell me what is good in this life? That was why in the end the Master took only bitter things. I would try to give him sandesh and he would say, ‘What is there in sandesh? It is just the same as clay.’ ...
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In one word, one should desire of God desirelessness. For desire alone is at the root of all suffering. It is the cause of repeated births and deaths. It is the obstacle in the way of liberation. ...
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Referring to one devotee, Mother said, “He is so deeply engrossed in worldliness and still he says, ‘Why do I not see the Master?’ Many women used to come to the Master and say to him, ‘Why can’t we concentrate our minds upon God? Why can’t we steady our minds?’ and things like that. He would say to them, ‘You are like a new-born babe and still smell of the lying-in room. First get rid of that smell. Why are you so worried about realizing God now? Everything will happen in the course of time.’ ...
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Sri Ramakrishna would say, ‘Musk forms in the navel of the deer. Being fascinated with its smell, the deer run hither and thither. They do not know where the fragrance comes from. Likewise God resides in the human body, but man does not know it. Therefore he searches everywhere for bliss, not knowing that it is already in him.’ ...
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Everything is due to desire. What bondage is there for a man who has no desire? ...
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Disciple: “Mother, the Master loved renunciation, but how little we practice it!”Mother: “Yes, you will acquire it slowly. You make some progress in this life, a little more in the next, and so on. It is the body alone that changes; the Atman remains the same. Renunciation of lust and gold! The Master used to say, ‘I can change Kamarpukur into gold, if I so desire, by requesting Mathur Babu to do so; but what good will that do? It is all transitory.’ ...
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Always do your duty to others, but love you must give to God alone. Worldly love always brings in its wake untold misery. ...
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The Master saw dabchicks floating, diving and swimming in the water of Haldar’s pond, but there would be not a drop of water sticking to them—they would just shake it off. He gave their example and said that in this world one should live like these—live in the midst of worldly possessions, but from one’s mind one should completely shake off the attachment for them. The Master used to teach everybody to live in the world completely unattached. ...
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These earthly ties are transitory. Today they seem to be the be-all and end-all of life, and tomorrow they vanish. Your real tie is with God. ...
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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. Glory be to God. ...
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There is no happiness while living in this body. The world is full of sorrow. Happiness is only an empty word. Only those who have received the grace of the Master can recognize him as God, and that is their real joy. ...
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If you love any human being you will have to suffer for it. He is blessed, indeed, who can love God alone. There is no suffering in loving God. ...
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Everything, husband, wife, or even the body, is only 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. ...
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However spiritual a man may be, he must pay the tax for the use of the body to the last farthing (i.e. undergo suffering and death incidental to the embodied state). But the difference between a great soul and an ordinary man is this: the latter weeps while leaving this body, whereas the former laughs. Death seems to him a mere play. ...
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Do you notice this human body? Today it is and tomorrow it is not. And the world is full of misery and pain. Why should one be eager to have another birth? The body is never free from its attendant troubles. ...
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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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God cannot be realized without love. Yes, sincere love. ...
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Disciple: “All I want to know is whether there is anyone whom I may call my own.”Mother: “Yes, such a One exists…. He Himself has become our father and mother. He Himself brings us up as our parents. It is He alone who looks after us.” ...
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He who thinks always of the Lord, which way can evil come to him? ...
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Everything depends on one’s mind. Nothing can be achieved without purity of mind. ...
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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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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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To err is human. One must not take that into account. It is harmful for oneself. One gets into the habit of finding fault. … Do not look for faults in others, or your own eyes will become faulty. ...
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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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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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He who has really prayed to the Master, even once, has nothing to fear. By praying to him constantly one gets ecstatic love (Prema Bhakti) through his grace. This Prema, my child, is the innermost thing of spiritual life. The Gopis of Vrindavan attained to it. They were not aware of anything in the world excepting Sri Krishna. A line in one of Nilakantha’s songs says, ‘One should cherish with great care this precious jewel of Prema.’ ...
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He who will pray to God eagerly will see Him. ...
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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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The mind is rendered pure as the result of many austerities. ‘God who is purity itself cannot be attained without austerities.’ ...
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If one can regard God as one’s own and call on Him without seeing Him, that is God’s grace. ...
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God is one’s very own. It is the eternal relationship. He is everyone’s own. One realizes Him in proportion to the intensity of one’s feeling for Him. ...
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Does one get faith by mere studying of books? Too much reading creates confusion. The Master used to say that one should learn from the scriptures that God alone is real and the world illusory. ...
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Open your grief-stricken heart to the Lord. Weep and sincerely pray, ‘O Lord, draw me towards You; give me peace of mind.’ By doing so constantly you will gradually attain peace of mind. ...
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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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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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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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Does one get faith by mere studying of books? Too much reading creates confusion. The Master used to say that one should learn from the scriptures that God alone is real and the world illusory. ...
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My child, I bless you from my heart that you live long, attain devotion, and enjoy peace. Peace is the principal thing. One needs peace alone. ...
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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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God is realized in spirit. How else can one see God? Has God talked to anyone who is devoid of spiritual fervour? One envisions God in spirit, talks to Him and establishes a relationship with Him in spirit. ...
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He who has really prayed to the Master, even once, has nothing to fear. By praying to him constantly one gets ecstatic love (Prema Bhakti) through his grace. This Prema, my child, is the innermost thing of spiritual life. The Gopis of Vrindavan attained to it. They were not aware of anything in the world excepting Sri Krishna. A line in one of Nilakantha’s songs says, ‘One should cherish with great care this precious jewel of Prema.’ ...
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If one calls upon Him repeatedly, He becomes compassionate; and so a devoted attachment comes into being. ...
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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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Even the impossible becomes possible through devotion. ...
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Call on the Lord who pervades the entire universe. He will shower His blessings upon you. ...
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