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On Maa Sarada

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The Holy Mother Saradamoni took up the baton from Sri Ramakrishna and after His demise, dedicated herself to enlightening and liberating the spirit of the suffering masses.Since the focal point of Ramakrishna Vivekananda movement was an all round development of mankind,it dealt with life ,as lived in this world as well as the life beyond.

Holy Mother,as we all know,did not engage herself in any formal discourses;in course of dialogues with her devotees and disciples she used to diffuse pearls of wisdom.By realising God,she used to say,one doesn't get two horns but the individual develops the faculty to discriminate between the real and the unreal.To attain peace,one has to make an earnest effortto make adjustments with things,persons and circumstances, which,in other words,tuned to the principles of adaptation, the ultimate Survival Instinct.However, the principles of adjustments and adaptation have to be discriminated from compromise, to which we often fall victim,to serve our narrow self interest.

To lead a life peaceful and significant,one should consider all others, neighbours, friends, colleagues,relations,even persons not intimately known,----to be one's own.This has to be a life-long process and needs practice to eventually lead us to the realisation of the Ultimate value, the oneness of beings.This saves us from the pangs of the feelings of being a loner,an isolated soul,an alienated existence.

Mother insisted on the spiritual discipline of her devotees and followers.Japa, the sincere and regular repetition of the name of God,She used to say, helps one to steady one's temperament and enables the individual to soar on higher planes.

Raikamal Dasgupta

How to run an organization: Guidelines from the Holy Mother

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How to run an organization: Guidelines from the Holy Mother

Excerpts of Saturday Online discourse by Smt Raikamal Dasgupta

Our Holy Mother Sree Sree Sarada Debi once shared an important piece of information with her devotees regarding the inception of Ramakrishna Mission.Sri Ramakrishna Deb was waiting for the right hour to leave his mortal body, the hour when His disciples would address  their brother disciples as "Naren Bhai",or,Rakhal Bhai" instead of "Narenbabu"or "Rakhal babu", because this feeling of camaraderie is the first and foremost behind the shaping of any Sangha or organization.Next,as She said,this camaraderie should be based on a solid foundation,that was,in this particular case, the love and reverence for Sri Thakur, His life, His teachings and His messages.

The object of the Mission,Maa made it clear,was to provide an abode of peace for the grief stricken people who would wage war against all odds of life  holding dear to their hearts the precious words of Sri Thakur, it was not to be confined to the liberation of souls of some individuals.

The frontline warriors in an organization should foster a spirit of sacrifice,as did the senior monks of Ramakrishna Mission.At the same time the chief of the Mission should entertain a forgiving attitude, without making any compromise as regards the discipline of the same.Maa illustrated with concrete instances.

A clear vision regarding the object of the Mission, foresight and farsightedness are most required in this context to be the leading force of the organization.