Sunday, January 31, 2016

New Book: Thoughts for the Modern Woman Inspired by theHoly Mother Sarada Devi

The role of Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi cannot be overlooked in the lives of at least two of India’s most revered and iconic individuals. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa revered the Holy Mother, his wife, as a divinity within a physical form. Respect to her was equally paid by Swami Vivekananda and all his brother monks for whom she was an epitome of unconditional love and strength and wisdom.

Those who have studied the lives and beliefs of both these saints and seekers realize how the Holy Mother was able to inspire them to realize the Supreme reality that exists as the core of Sanatan Dharma. Many illuminating aspects of Herteachings continue to be relevant even now, and need to be highlighted because their values transcend the limitations of time. 

The booklet, ‘Thoughts for the Modern Woman Inspired by the Holy Mother Sarada Devi’ is the outcome of a talk delivered by Smt Madhuri Santanam Sondhi at Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture, (VKIC), Guwahati in 2006. It brings into focus issues that trouble us today, challenges that the Holy Mother too faced and overcame with élan. In so doing, the author questions notions of ‘modernity’ and presents the Holy Mother as an embodiment of modern values not ‘in the details of her dress and conduct, but in the essentials of the thought and freedom which lay behind her choices in behaviour.’ 

The author reinforces the idea that much can be achieved to empower and emancipate a woman if the ideals of the Holy Mother are embraced by society. It will appeal to women in India and abroad regardless of cultural and social variance.

Price Rs 40
ISBN: 978-93-83079-13-1

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