The first American edition of the conversations and teachings of the Holy Mother as recorded by her disciples, both lay and monastic, this fascinating collection brings to life the Holy Mother’s teachings on human affliction, self-control, and peace in ways both personal and profound.
Translated by Swami Nikhilananda
Edited and with an Introduction by Swami Adiswarananda
An inspiring message for all humanity from one of India’s most beloved spiritual teachers
“If Sri Ramakrishna was a leaping flame of spiritual realization, Holy Mother was a steady glowing fire of God-consciousness. To the Master, Sri Ramakrishna, she was the goddess of wisdom in human form. To her disciples she was the Divine Mother herself. To her devotees she was a more real mother than their own earthly mother. To the seekers of truth she was the final word, and to sinners she was the last refuge.”
—from the Introduction
The year 2003 marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sri Sarada Devi, the wife and spiritual companion of Sri Ramakrishna. Known affectionately in India and throughout the world as the Holy Mother, she was a rare combination of human and divine qualities, and is an inspiration today to millions who seek spiritual fulfillment.
The first American edition of the conversations and teachings of the Holy Mother as recorded by her disciples, both lay and monastic, this fascinating collection brings to life the Holy Mother’s teachings on human affliction, self-control, and peace in ways both personal and profound. It illuminates her role as the power, scripture, joy, and guiding spirit of the Ramakrishna Order and clearly captures her unyielding devotion to God that earned her a reputation as a steady glowing fire of God-consciousness.
Translated from the original Bengali by Swami Nikhilananda, a direct disciple of the Holy Mother, these inspiring and detailed conversations offer new insight into the daily life of this endearing and beloved spiritual personality and her message of compassion that continues to influence her devotees in India and throughout the world.
“The conversations of Sarada Devi, the Holy Mother—full of practical, kindly, down-to-earth advice, and yet punctuated by sudden and quite stunning revelations of her cosmic awareness—are a unique document in the world’s devotional and mystical literature. This is not only a perfect introduction to her teachings but also an enduring spiritual testament that many readers will want to return to again and again.”
—Jerome J. Pollitt, Sterling Professor Emeritus, Yale University
“What a gift it is to have reliable, first-person accounts of the life of a great saint and spiritual teacher. It is a special blessing when, as in these pages, we get to know someone who—like most of us—spent most of her life with the daily demands of family and household, while at the same time remaining completely faithful to the highest spiritual calling. Sarada Devi is an inspiration for all of us who struggle to bring the sacred into our everyday lives.”
—Daniel Gómez-Ibáñez, executive director, International Committee for the Peace Council