SHILLONG, April 17: The three-day annual celebration of Ramakrishna Mission (RKM), Shillong, which started last Friday at its Ashrama campus in Laitumkhrah, ended on Sunday with deep insights into the lives and teachings of the Holy Trio – Swami Vivekananda, Sarada Devi and Ramakrishna Paramahansa.
Narrating Ramakrishna’s “Sarva Dharma – All religions are equal” and no single religion can be the only source of salvation, the Secretary, RKM Ashrama, Cherrapunjee, Anuragananda Maharaj on Sunday said that “All should have equal respect for all religions”. The Secretary, RKM Ashrama, Chandigarh, Satyeshananda Maharaj said that Ramakrishna is the embodiment of all religions and all sects while recalling Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s “All world religions merges in Ramakrishna Paramahansa”.
Earlier on Saturday, speaking on the Holy Mother, Raghunayakananda Maharaj of RK Math, Hyderabad said that the Holy Mother has two aspects – human and divine. “In her one gets the feeling that she is the divine mother of all. One can see the fullest manifestation of god in her, motherhood and god so tangible,” he said while narrating Ramakrishna’s reverence for her and how the Paramahansa accepted her as first disciple, which happens to be the foundation of Ramakrishna Math. The monk further cited several incidents from the lives of the Holy Mother which he said will only “increase one’s faith in her” and how she ran the Math for 34 long years after the departure of Ramakrishna with her unflinching devotion for Paramahansa and prayers.
The monk from Hyderabad also said how people can find solution to the problems in their lives if they read Sarada Devi – who is full of modesty, purity, love and especially how content she was in her life which we have to imbibe in our lives. “Leaving aside her divine aspect, we can learn so much from her human aspect,” he said.
Shastrajnananda Maharaj said that Holy Mother’s life is full of compassion, love and blessings to her children. “It is always great to know about her life, her life shows us the right path in these difficult times,” he said while narrating her contemporaries and their reverences for her. He said that the depiction of this compassionate mother is the work of Ramakrishna as he affected a divine energy in her life. Though Sarada Devi’s immediate reaction to this responsibility was in the negative but Ramakrishna told her “you have to take it”. Ramakrishna later found, he said, that the divine energy is working in her with the aid of several related anecdotes.
The second phase of the three-day celebration, which coincides with the 116th Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s visit to Shillong will commence on April 27 at the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Cultural Centre (RKMVCC) at its Quinton Road campus.