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Holy Mother!  I wonder…

Holy Mother!

Were you the Mother Durga, the Mother of the Universe,

Who was born as Sarada to receive the worship of Sri Ramakrishna?

I wonder.


Were you the Mother Parvati, the consort of Shiva,

Who was married to Sri Ramakrishna,

To take care of him who ever remained in samadhi? 

I wonder.


Were you the Mother Sita, the daughter of the Earth,

Who appeared to Sri Ramakrishna and

Bore patiently the sufferings inflicted by your kith and kin and others?

I wonder.


Were you the Mother Saraswati, the godess of knowledge,

Who showered her blessings on Swami Vivekananda

Before his voyage to the World Parliament of Religions? 

I wonder.


Were you the Mother Ganga, the redeemer of sixty thousand sons of King Sagar

Descended on the earth as Sri Sarada

To purify all who take a dip into your life and teachings? 

I wonder


Were you the Mother Anasuya, the wife of Rishi Atri,

Who transformed all the great giants like Naren, Rakhal, Sarat, Yogen, and Girish

Into little children with your motherly love? 

I wonder.


Were you the Mother Mary, the solace of many,

Who was born to give peace and assurance

To Sister Nivedita and others? 

I wonder.


Are you the Mother, the sum total of love of all the mothers,

Enjoying your own glories

Dwelling in the hearts of all? 

I wonder.


Mahendra Jani

150th Birthday of Holy Mother Sarada Devi