Saint Sara  - The American Mother of Swami Vivekananda

Saint Sara - The American Mother of Swami Vivekananda

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Author: Pravrajika Prabuddhaprana
Publisher: Advaita Ashram
Year: 2010
Language: English
Pages: 539
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8186617337


The struggle against the force that divide individual human beings from humanity is the story of Sara Bull's life.

Swami Vivekananda said about Sara Bull and Sister Nivedita, that Sara was the word and Nivedita, the voice. Sara embodied the ideals of the new consciousness generated by the Ramakrishna Movement and Nivedita gave them expression in lectures and writing.

Meeting Sara Bull was the turning point in Vivekananda's American career. Nivedita wrote that in Sara Bull. Vivekananda's cause found a mother. There was none other with her sense of responsibility, foresight and wisdom.

Sara Bull's home in America became a recognised school of comparative philosophy, with special care taken that Indian and Vedantic subjects should have an adequate place.

From the beginning of her contact with the Indian mind, she had felt a curiosity as to the quality of the mothers of men so trained. Sara Bull was eagerly interested in the education of Indian women. Indian women have never bee red more sympathetically or regarded more hopefully, than by this truest and best of friends. She was aware of the importance to the future of the people, of all the higher forms of intellectual activity.

Seldom is such warmth of conviction and enthusiasm held in such exquisite restraint by depth of experience and sanity of judgement.

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Swami Vivekananda Said, 'I want you know Sara Bull. She is a saint, a real saint if ever thee was one. To know her is a pilgrimage.

When a discussion arose, in some American house where he was visiting, and the whole party suddenly turned to Swami Vivekananda, laughingly, for his definition of a saint – he paused a moment, and then in a hushed voice answered, "Mrs. Ole Bull."

Swami Saradananda said about Sara Bull that her ideal was to make all her own till she became the Grandmother of the whole universe.


List of Illustrations
Introduction: Well-dressed Saints
1. A Scandalous Marriage
2. Widow of Norway's Famous Patriot
3. Home and Changing Household
4. Truth is one
5. Greenacre Annex
6. The Origin of Vedanta Societies in America
7. Those whom the Lord Sends
8. A Tent in Harvard Yard
9. Sons like the Sun and the Moon
10. Committees and Membership
11. Vedanta is for Practice
12. In India on a Mission
13. Camping in Kashmir
14. Peace in Renunciation
15. The More a Person Can sacrifice the Greater He is
16. Giving Liberty to Those We Love
17. True Sannyas
18. Great Workers with Great Tasks
19. Lest They Should Rest
20. The Ocean of Immortality
Appendix: 'Ole Bull' by Sister Nivedita