Sunday Service: Jesus and Sarada

Sarada Devi

Week of May 31 – June 6, 2015

This week we bring you a spiritual talk from our archives. We’ve published or reprinted so many spiritual talks over the years, sometimes it is good to go back and reprint some of the earlier work; this site is too deep to fully explore, so many gems can get lost or overlooked.

It is worth noting that we also have pages devoted to faiths other than Vedanta that highlight spiritual talks we have delivered in the context of those faiths. These pages include Christianity, Buddhism and Islam right now. All of our talks are in the context of Vedantic truth, of course, but these pages help bridge the gap between religions and share truth that otherwise go unnoticed in the Vedanta tradition.

So here you go.

Enjoy, and happy Sunday! Peace be unto you. Peace be unto all.

Yours in service,
Peter

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This Week’s Spiritual Talk

Jesus and SaradaSarada Devi

By: Peter Kowalke

This past weekend was the birthday of Sarada Devi, one of the trio of homegrown saints worshipped here at the Ramakrishna Mission in Delhi. Thousands of people showed up for morning prayer services, which overflowed into two wedding-hall-sized tents, and the entire campus had a festive air.

Sarada is revered for her embodiment of motherly love and wifely devotion. She was a simple village girl married off to a man who turned out to be a saint, Sri Ramakrishna. Because she devoted herself fully to her saintly husband, she in turn also acquired the habits and outlook of a saint. But whereas her husband reportedly mastered all of the major spiritual disciples, Sarada stayed true to her roots and focused on the devotional, loving side of faith, known as bhakti yoga. She took her devotion and love as wife and expanded it into a devotion and love for all of mankind.

Because Sarada was a paragon of love, she shares a lot with another saint who was born this time of year: Jesus Christ.

The central message of Jesus was love. He taught love for fellow man, and he loved so deeply that he was willing to die on man’s behalf. His teachings were very bhakti yoga: through love you both find God and serve Him.

Sarada also embodied love, but hers was cast through the highest expression of womanhood: the role of mother. Jesus preached “loved thy neighbor as thyself,” and Sarada loved everyone as her child. Both advocated loving service as the highest ideal.

Loving others is important because all roads lead back to love; every major faith tradition, every moral code, comes back to loving others. There are many ways to find God and a deeper meaning in life, but love enters into the picture no matter how you get there. That’s because God is love. Each faith gives its own explanation, but all resolve to love in the end. In Vedanta, love is when we see God in someone—the love we feel is us connecting with God.

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Spiritual Fitness

Do You have a Spiritual Routine?

Vedanta, if not practical, has no other relevancy. The key to practical Vedanta is an individualized spiritual routine.

There are six components of a good spiritual routine.

Swan1. Find a Community. If you have an existing church, temple or mosque, attend regularly. If not, join our Facebook group and see our list of recommended spiritual organizations.

2. Seek Guidance. Find a mentor within your existing spiritual community or contact us for a referral.

3. Attend Spiritual Services Regularly. If you don’t live near an appropriate spiritual community, we offer a weekly spiritual talk delivered by email, Facebook and Twitter. We also host a regular Vedanta Dinner for those who live in the New York City area.

4. Incorporate Individual Study. We keep a list of books and resources for your individual study needs.

5. Take Responsibility for Your Spiritual Life. Read our talk about listening to your own inner compass and contact us when you have a question that your spiritual community isn’t answering adequately.

6. Leverage Rituals Thoughtfully. As an example, read our essay about the power of saying grace.

Our longer talk about spiritual routine can be found here.

Happy Sunday! Peace be unto you. Peace be unto all.


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