Holy Mother

Holy Mother

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Author: Swami Nikhilananda
Publisher: Sri Ramakrishna Math
Year: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 356
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788178235004


Holy Mother was the wife of Sri Ramakrishna (1839-1886), now regarded in India and abroad as a rare manifestation of divinity in modern times. She was his constant companion during the most eventful period of his life and a witness of his spiritual experiences. Sri Ramakrishna himself moulded her life and assigned her place in the carrying out of his mission after his death.

Outwardly Holy Mother lived as an average Hindu woman, devoting herself to the faithful discharge of her household duties, often unpleasant and frustrating. Inwardly she practiced total non-attachment and remained undisturbed by what from contact with God. Thus she has become, today, a model for both householders and world-renouncing monks.

Holy Mother’s life and teachings have a direct bearing on the present human situation. Physical scientists, and professional philosophers influenced by the scientific method of reason and experimentation, are preoccupied to discover the laws which explain and control life and nature. They are revealing various dimensions of reality which tell us about man and the world and also how to utilize knowledge for man’s physical welfare.

This book, I believe, will be a source of inspiration to the growing number of Sri Ramakrishna’s devotees and admirers among English-speaking people. Slowly Holy Mother’s influence will infiltrate the general thought current of the world and give an impetus to spiritual seekers everywhere, irrespective of their religious affiliations.


It was her life which lay at this very moment on Swami Nikhilananda’s desk, not yet completed, and with a becoming modesty he has related to us how she appeared his in dream and requested him to write her life “for the West”. Once again the dream had come and he has not treated it seriously, and stalled. After the third occurrence Swami had taken up the pen to carry out what he now saw as a divine command.
- Six lighted Windows



Introduction: Women of India
Early Life
Marriage and After
First Visit to Dakshineswar
Awakening of Divinity
In the March of Events
Spiritual Practices
The Masters Death and After
Anguish and Reassurances
In a Domestic Setting
Spiritual Ministry
In the Role of Teacher
Three Reminiscences
What Holy Mother Taught (I)
What Holy Mother Taught (II)
The Ramakrishna Order
Holy Mother and Her Intimate Devotees (I)
Holy Mother and Her Intimate Devotees (II)
Further Glimpses
Final Years