A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Sri Ramakrishna respected Sarada Devi for her intelligence and wisdom. One day a rich man offered him ten thousand rupees to meet his daily needs. The Master, who was the embodiment of renunciation, refused the gift immediately.
The man then asked if he could leave the money with Sarada Devi. Sri Ramakrishna told her of the offer but was met with a stern refusal. "I certainly cannot accept it", she said. "My acceptance would be the same as yours. If I kept the money it would be spent for you. So it would be in fact your money." Hearing her words, the Master felt greatly relieved.
Sri Ramakrishna was fully aware of Sarada Devi's divine nature and her future misson. He gave her detailed instructions about how to awaken the spirituality of her future disciples. One day, a short time before his passing away, Sri Ramakrishna said to her: "Won't you do anything? [pointing to his own body] Must this do everything?" "But," she demurred, "I am a mere woman. What can I do?" "No, no" said Sri Ramakrishna, "You will do many things."
(to be continued....)