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A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"Â
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
"Saradamani's mother, Shyamasundari looked after the minutest dealings of the household. Sarada, referring to her parents' God-fearing nature, once declared, "If they had not led a life of spiritual discipline, how could divinity have been born as their child?"
It is said that before Sarada's birth, both the parents had had visions foretelling the advent of a divine being. The simple villagers with whom Sarada grew up found relief from the drudgery of their daily lives in religious festivals, music, and devotional dancing. An inner contentment derived from loyalty to the spiritual heritage of the country mitigated to a large extent the discomfort of their poverty.
Amidst this idylic simplicity Sarada spent a great part of her life. She was once heard to say that the motherland, which is the same as the mother, is superior to heaven itself.
As years passed, one sister and five brothers were born to Ramachandra and Shyamasundari. Sarada was the eldest child. Through the irony of fate, their character was completely different from Sarada's. With the exception of one, the brothers were quarrelsome and greedy, seldom recognizing the greatness of their sister and often tormenting her for money. To one brother, who had a glimpse of her divine nature and begged her to be their sister in their lives to come, she said, "Yes! Catch me coming again into your family!"
(to be continued....)