A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Seeing the finger of God, in his relatives' plan for Sri Ramakrishna's marriage, he agreed. He even pointed out where his bride would be found. But immediately after the marriage, he left for Dakshineswar to plunge again into the practice of spiritual discipline.
It was about eight years after, when Sri Ramakrishna visited Karmarpukur again, that Sarada had her first real contact woth her husband. The Master, conscious of his responsibilities towards his young wife, who completely depended upon him for guidance, proceeded to instruct her in both spiritual and secular matters.
He emphasized the need of such spiritual disciplines as non-attachment, self-control, meditation, and prayer, and taught her also the duties of a householder: how to serve guests, show respect to elders, discharge worldly duities in an unselfish spirit, and even how to trim a lamp, travel in a country boat, and ride in a railway train.
The essence of his teaching was that one should act properly and intelligently with respect to persons, time, place, and circumstances - a lesson which Sarada followed till the end of her life.
(to be continued....)