Sister Nivedita

On December 11, 1910, Sister Nivedita wrote the following in a letter to Sri Sarada Devi. Nivedita, or Margaret Noble, was Swamiji's Irish disciple, whom he took with him on his return to India.

"...Dear Mother! You are full of love! And it is not a flushed and violent love like the world's, but a gentle peace that brings good to everyone and wishes ill to none. It is a golden radiance, full of play.

What a blessed Sunday that was, a few months ago, when I ran to you, the last thing before I went to the Ganga, and then back to you for a moment, as soon as I came back! I felt such a wonderful freedom in the blessing gave me, and in your welcome home!

Dearest Mother, I wish we could send you a wonderful hymn or a prayer. But somehow even that would seem too loud, too full of noise! Surely you are the most wonderful thing of God -- Sri Ramakrishna's own chalice of his love for the world -- a token left with his children. In these lonely days we should be very still and quiet before you -- except indeed for a little fun! Surely the 'wonderful things of God' are all quiet -- stealing unoticed in our lives -- the air and the sunlight and the sweetnes of gardens and of the Ganga. These are the silent things that are like you!"

From Sri Sarada Devi -- Biography in Pictures, Advaita Ashrama: Calcutta, 1988, page 99.

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