News: February 2021
Revered President Mataji is keeping well at the headquarters.
Revered Pravrajika Anandapranaji, Vice President is also keeping well at the headquarters.
News from Headquarters
Sri Sri Saraswati was worshipped in the Image at the headquarters on Tuesday, 16th February.
12th January – the National Youth Day, was observed at the headquarters. There was a meeting at the Math premises attended by a few devotees and some students who came as representatives of their schools. The programme was Livestreamed on the YouTube channel. All the centres also observed the day.
The 158th birthday of Srimat Swami Vivekananda was celebrated with due solemnity at Sri Sarada Math on Thursday, 4th February, 2021. In the afternoon, there was a ladies’ meeting presided over by Pravrajika Amalaprana, General Secretary. The programme was Livestreamed on the YouTube channel.
In connection with Sister Nivedita’s first arrival in Kolkata on 28th January 1898, Pravrajika Amalaprana, General Secretary visited the Museum at the Sister Nivedita’s House on 28th January 2021. After going through the exhibition, she gave a short speech suited to the occasion.
News from Branch Centres
A competition for wool work class members was held on 29th December, 2020. 52 ladies and girls enthusiastically participated. Marks were given on the basis of measurement, design and neatness. Prize distribution programme was held on 5th January, 2021, Holy Mother’s birthday, Sm. Kamala Devi, an elderly lady of this village, gave away the prizes and gifts. Those who stood 1st, 2nd and 3rd received special prizes. Apart from that, all the participants were gifted wool packets according to their marks. To celebrate Holy Mother’s birthday, they sang Bhajans. Mother’s life and teachings were discussed and sweets were distributed among all.
Pravrajika Niveditaprana (Nivedita)
We record with deep sorrow the passing away of Pravrajika Niveditaprana (Nivedita), age 81, on Thursday, 7th January 2021 at 8.05 p.m. at the Ramakrishna Mission Sevashrama, Varanasi. She was suffering from cancer of the colon and was bed ridden for about two months. The end was peaceful.
Since a few years she suffered from digestion problems, which were later diagnosed as 3rd stage cancer. She was admitted to the Sevashrama in October 2020 and except for 2 - 3 days spent in the Math, had to be readmitted to the hospital. A few days prior to her demise, she entered into coma.
A disciple of Swami Vishuddhananda, she joined the Order at the headquarters in June 1970. After a few months she was transferred to Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan. Initiated into brahmacharya in 1975 she received sannyasa from Pravrajika Mokshaprana, the second President of Sri Sarada Math, in 1981. At different times she served at the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Matribhavan, Vivekananda Vidyabhavan, Sri Sarada Math, Pune, Sri Sarada Math, Varanasi and Ramakrishna Sarada Mission, Thakurnagar. In 1989 she was again transferred to Sri Sarada Math, Varanasi where she was appointed President when the centre became a formal branch of the Math in 1993, which office she retained till the end.
Simple, affectionate and detached, she was loved and respected by many for her strong spirit of renunciation. May her soul rest in peace!
If you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others. Rather learn to see your own faults. Make the whole world your own. No one is a stranger, my child; this is your own.