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As the Apostles Saw Her
As the Apostles Saw Her
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"Only twelve Rishis could recognize Sri Ramachandra. All cannot recognize an incarnation of God. Some take Him for an ordinary man, some for a holy person and only a few recognize Him as an incarnation" says Sri Ramakrishna. To make it more clear he illustrates it with a story in his own inimitable style.

A rich man said to his servant: 'Take this diamond to the market and let me know, how different people price it. First of all, take it to a brinjal seller.' The brinjal seller examine it, turning it over in the palm of his hand and said,'Brother, I can give nine seers of brinjals for it. "Friend,'No, I have already quoted the right price. You can give it to me if that price suits you.'The servant laughed.

He went back to his master and said:' Sir, he would give me only nine seers of brinjals and not one more'. The master smiled and said:'Now take it to the cloth-dealer. The other man deals only in brinjals. What does he know about a diamond? The cloth dealer is more sophisticated. Let us see how much he offers for it. 'The servant went to the cloth-dealer and said:'Will yo buy this? How much will you pay for it?' The merchant said:'Yes, it looks good. I can make a nice ornament out of it. I will give you nine hundred rupees for it."Brother', said the servant,'offer a little more and I will sell it to you. Give me at least a thousand rupees.'The cloth-dealer said:'Friend, don't press me for more. I have offered more than its worth. I cannot give a rupee more than nine hundred.

The master said with a laugh ' Now take it to a Jewaler. Let us see what he has to say.' The servant went to a jeweler. The jeweler glanced at the diamond and said at once, 'I will give one hundred thousand rupees for it.'

This story applies well to Sri Sarada Devi. Even though Sri Ramakrishna time and again repeated that Sarada was none other than Lakshmi and Saraswathi, very few people recognized Her as such. It was because She never gave any clue about her divinity except on few occasions. She lived a life characterized by Self-effacement. One did not see any obvious sign of greatness in Her neither the innumerable and effortless Samadhis like Sri Ramakrishna, nor fiery lectures like Swami Vivekananda. Here was an ordinary life like any village woman - tidying rooms, cooking, preparing cow-dung cakes, cleaning the plates after food, scouring vessels, nursing patients, serving relatives day and night etc.

Only people who understood Her greatness in the early years were The Apostles of Sri Ramakrishna.

A humble effort has been made to compile the utterances of the Apostles on Her. This will help as an easy guide for a genuine seeker trying to understand her Divinity.

This is our humble to Her during her 150" Birth Annivessary.

As the Apostles Saw Her

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Preface

"Only twelve Rishis could recognize Sri Ramachandra. All cannot recognize an incarnation of God. Some take Him for an ordinary man, some for a holy person and only a few recognize Him as an incarnation" says Sri Ramakrishna. To make it more clear he illustrates it with a story in his own inimitable style.

A rich man said to his servant: 'Take this diamond to the market and let me know, how different people price it. First of all, take it to a brinjal seller.' The brinjal seller examine it, turning it over in the palm of his hand and said,'Brother, I can give nine seers of brinjals for it. "Friend,'No, I have already quoted the right price. You can give it to me if that price suits you.'The servant laughed.

He went back to his master and said:' Sir, he would give me only nine seers of brinjals and not one more'. The master smiled and said:'Now take it to the cloth-dealer. The other man deals only in brinjals. What does he know about a diamond? The cloth dealer is more sophisticated. Let us see how much he offers for it. 'The servant went to the cloth-dealer and said:'Will yo buy this? How much will you pay for it?' The merchant said:'Yes, it looks good. I can make a nice ornament out of it. I will give you nine hundred rupees for it."Brother', said the servant,'offer a little more and I will sell it to you. Give me at least a thousand rupees.'The cloth-dealer said:'Friend, don't press me for more. I have offered more than its worth. I cannot give a rupee more than nine hundred.

The master said with a laugh ' Now take it to a Jewaler. Let us see what he has to say.' The servant went to a jeweler. The jeweler glanced at the diamond and said at once, 'I will give one hundred thousand rupees for it.'

This story applies well to Sri Sarada Devi. Even though Sri Ramakrishna time and again repeated that Sarada was none other than Lakshmi and Saraswathi, very few people recognized Her as such. It was because She never gave any clue about her divinity except on few occasions. She lived a life characterized by Self-effacement. One did not see any obvious sign of greatness in Her neither the innumerable and effortless Samadhis like Sri Ramakrishna, nor fiery lectures like Swami Vivekananda. Here was an ordinary life like any village woman - tidying rooms, cooking, preparing cow-dung cakes, cleaning the plates after food, scouring vessels, nursing patients, serving relatives day and night etc.

Only people who understood Her greatness in the early years were The Apostles of Sri Ramakrishna.

A humble effort has been made to compile the utterances of the Apostles on Her. This will help as an easy guide for a genuine seeker trying to understand her Divinity.

This is our humble to Her during her 150" Birth Annivessary.

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