Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sri Sarada Math and Mission

Checking out the Ramakrishna's Women's Order.  I wrote them a letter asking what the requirements were for joining.  They offer courses in English, computer use, business etiquette, and more to their attending students. And an outreach program was just created for programs online.  Nice to see all of this.

Sri Sarada Devi

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Sri Sarada Math emphasizes spiritual development while the aim of the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission is service to the society, especially to women and children. Swami Vivekananda said, ‘Certain individuals are the sacrifices over which the race has to walk.’ He believed that without feminine power the world could not be regenerated and he had faith in the potential of women to transform society in a relatively shorter period of time. For this reason he was eager to see a Math for women started even before a Math for men. He said, ‘Educate the women of India and let them solve their own problems. Why should any man solve any woman’s problem?’ He foretold that this work for women would exceed the responsibility of the work for men.
Sri Sarada Devi’s life of selfless service to all alike irrespective of differences among individuals is the ideal and aim of all activities. From her early childhood till her last days Mother's entire life was given to the service of other people spontaneously, without any expectation, out of unconditional love. Sri Sarada Devi was the witness and supporter of all the activities of the Ramakrishna Order in her lifetime and gave the work for women, begun in her lifetime in the Nivedita School her blessings. She is even today working through the body of the twin organizations of the Math and Mission in her name for the welfare of the world.

Women's Monastic Order

     Swami Vivekananda regarded the neglect of the masses and neglect of women as the two main causes for the downfall of India.  He believed that the life and message of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi had great significance for the uplift of women.  In one of his letters to a brother monk, Swamiji wrote: ‘Mother has been born to revive that wonderful Shakti in India; and making her the nucleus, once more will Gargis and Maitreyis be born into the world.’  On several occasions he expressed the wish to have a separate women’s monastic order on the lines of Ramakrishna Math, with Holy Mother as its ideal and inspiration.
    Swamiji’s wish came to be fulfilled nearly half a century later.  As per the decision taken by the Trustees of Ramakrishna Math, a group of women, who had been leading a life of renunciation and service for several years, were given the vows of Brahmacharya at Belur Math on 27 December 1953, the sacred birthday of Sri Sarada Devi, which was also the day of inauguration of the year-long celebration of the Birth Centenary of Holy Mother.  On 2 December 1954 a new monastic order for women, known as Sri Sarada Math, was started at a place on the eastern bank of the Ganga, a little away from Dakshineswar Kali Temple.  On 1 January 1959, on the birthday of Holy Mother, eight senior members of Sri Sarada Math were ordained Sannyasinis at Belur Math.
In August 1959, Sri Sarada Math was formally separated from Ramakrishna Math, and has since then been functioning independently with its own Board of Trustees.
In May 1960 the Sannyasinis established the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission.  Both the institutions carry on spiritual, cultural, educational, medical and charitable activities among women and children.

Contact Address:
Sri Sarada Math & Ramakrishna Sarada Mission
Calcutta - 700 076. India
Ph: 91-33-2564 5411/ 2564 6566
Fax: 91-33-2564 4388

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