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A READING from: "In The Company of The Holy Mother"Â
(available at all Vedanta Centres)
Sri Ramakrishna said that the worship of God as the Divine Mother represents the final stage in spiritual discipline. Sri Ramakrishna slept very little. There was practically no interruption of his ecstasies and trances. Sometimes he would pass the whole night in a state of God-intoxication.
Finding that Sarada was distressed by this condition, he one day taught her various mantras and told her how to use them in order to bring his mind to the normal plane of consciousness. When he realized that her sleep was being disturbed, Sri Ramakrishna asked her to sleep in the Nahabat, the music tower near his room.
Sarada's room on the ground floor of the tower was about fifty square feet in area. In this tiny room she lived as long as the Master remained at the Dakshineswar temple garden, storing household goods, meditating, praying, and sleeping there. Often one or two women devotees of the Master shared the room with her at night.
Cooking took up a great part of her time. Separate meals were prepared for Sri Ramakrishna, who had a weak stomach, for herself and the women devotees, for the young disciples of the Master, and occasionally for an old woman devotee who was an orthodox Hindu widow and strict vegetarian.
(to be continued....)