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