This book describes how Sarada Devi, known affectionately as Holy Mother, carried out her husband s spiritual ministry for 34 years after his passing. Her life is a glowing example of Vedanta in practice, as exemplified by her final message: My child, if you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others. See your own faults. Learn to make the world your own. No one is a stranger, my child; the whole world is your own. Many have recollected Sarada Devi s legacy and the meaningfulness of her life, and Swami Chetanananda readily acknowledges his great debt to those who have written before him. Yet Sri Sarada Devi and Her Divine Play has its own unique place: it encompasses, as much as possible, all theprevious biographies, even as it incorporates numerous lesser-known sources, often available only in Bengali.
In this volume we find reverent, lovely recollections from those who knew Sarada Devi intimately as her companions and disciples. We experience the panorama of a human life, a woman s life, fully lived a century and more ago,and also the story of a spiritual journey and realization that can edify readers even today. Sarada Devi s life can be taken to demonstrate practical Vedanta: how to balance contemplative and active life, the ideals of monastics and householders. --Francis X. Clooney, SJ Parkman Professor of Divinity, Harvard University
Sri Sarada Devi and Her Divine Play is a massive undertaking of nearly five years of careful research, based on many past biographies in English and Bengali, eyewitness accounts, and reminiscences. Swami Chetanananda has not simply written a biography of Sarada Devi. This book is also a hagiography that devotees of the Ramakrishna movement will treasure for many years to come, and rightly so. --Gerald James Larson, Rabindranath Tagore Professor Emeritus, Indiana University, Bloomington
This is an account of one of the most extraordinary spiritual lives of modern India. Swami Chetanananda has gathered materials from a wide range of sources and woven them together in a compelling, highly readable biography of Sri Sarada Devi. This book combines authentic scholarship with deep spiritual understanding of the events. Readers from the East and the West will be gripped and transformed by the narrative. --Lance E. Nelson, University of San Diego
About the Author
Swami Chetanananda is a monk of the Ramakrishna Order. Before coming to the United States, he worked in the editorial and publication departments of Advaita Ashrama, Mayavati, Himalayas and also at its Calcutta branch. He was an assistant minister of the Vedanta Society of Southern California from 1971 to 1978. He came to St. Louis in March, 1978 and at present is the minister of the Vedanta Society of St. Louis. Swami Chetanananda has written, edited, and translated many important books on Ramakrishna, Vivekananda, and Vedanta.
- Hardcover: 876 pages
- Publisher: Vedanta Society of St Louis; First edition (21 September 2015)
- Language: English