A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Many days later Sri Ramakrishna said to his devotees, "If she had not been so pure, and forgetting herslf had made physical demands on me, might I, too, not have lost self-control and behaved like an ordinary man? Who can tell? After my marriage, I eagerly prayed to the Divine Mother to remove from her mind all trace of lust.
Now Sarada was almost eighteen. Sri Ramakrishna was convinced that the ordinary relationship between husnand and wife sanctioned by society and religion did not apply to them. Sarada was indeed a manifestation of the Divine Mother, and he felt that the time was ripe to fully awaken the divinity in her.
On an auspicious night he arranged in his room a special worship of the Divine Mother. Sarada took the place of the Deity, and her husband offered the formal worship. As the worship proceeded, both worshipper and worshipped entered into deep samadhi. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Sri Ramakrishna surrendered at her feet all the fruits of his spiritual practices, which had now reached their culmination. The simple girl, born and brought up in a far-away village, was transformed into a veritable goddess and at the same time became conscious of the fact.
(to be continued....)