SWAMI VIVEKANANDA ON SRI SARADA DEVI:
You have not yet understood the wonderful significance of Mother’s life- none of you. But gradually you will know. Without Shakti (Power) there is no regeneration for the world. Why is it that our country is the weakest and the most backwardness of all countries? Because Shakti is held in dishonor there (i.e. in India. He wrote this from America). Mother has been born to revive that wonderful Shakti in India; and making her the nucleus, once more will Gargis and Maitreyis be born into the world.
Dear brother, you understand little now, but by degrees you will come to know it all. Hence it is her Math that I want first…Without the grace of Shakti nothing is to be accomplished. What do I find in America and Europe?…the worship of Shakti, the worship of Power. Yet they worship Her ignorantly through sense gratification. Imagine, then, what a lot of good they will achieve who will worship Her with all purity, in a Sattvika spirit, looking Her as their Mother! I am coming to understand things clearer every day, my insight is opening out more and more. Hence we must build a Math for Mother. First Mother and Mother’s daughters, then Father and Father’s sons, can you understand this?…
To me Mother’s grace is a hundred thousand times more valuable than Father’s. Mother’s grace and Mother’s blessing are all paramount to me…Please pardon me, I am a little bigoted here, as regards Mother. If but Mother orders, her demons can work anything.
Brother, before proceeding to America I wrote to Mother to bless me. Her blessing came and at one bound I cleared the ocean. There, you see, in this terrible winter I am lecturing from place to place and fighting against odds, so that funds may be collected for Mother’s Math…
Swamiji wrote to Swami Shivananda, one of his brother disciples, from America in 1894, ‘Without Shakti, there is no regeneration for the world… Mother has been born to revive that wonderful Shakti in India, and making her the nucleus, once more will Gargis and Matreyis be born into this world.’ He further said, ‘Brother! I shall show you the worship of Goddess Durga incarnated in flesh and blood. When I think of the Holy Mother, I forget all about the Great Master. Indeed, herein lies my bigotry. … fie upon those who are not devoted to the Holy Mother!’