Monday 18 December 2017

Sister Nivedita: The Dedicated - Who gave her all to India – 14

यतो धर्म: ततो जय:

Making people accept Nivedita - 1

The pilgrimage also served a purpose. It kept Nivedita away from Calcutta – her Karmakshetra. During all this journey time, Swami Vivekananda protected her against herself so that the great Hindu family, which had welcomed her, should not suspect her reactions. Swamiji sought such complete transformation in her that even her reactions and remarks should be like a typical Hindu Brahmacharini. After the completion of training and the pilgrimage, when they returned to Calcutta Swami Vivekananda wanted Nivedita to stay for few weeks in Sri Sarada Devi's household until a proper residence for her was found out.

It was not just visit but the stay, which was supposed to get her, acquainted with Hindu way of living. Many women devotees of Sri Ramakrishna and Sri Sarada Devi were staying there. Nivedita effortlessly mingled with the household, its daily routine prayers, spiritual discussions, house hold duties, simple living. She stayed with others in dormitory. During One evening, which she called as the hour of peace – when bells would ring and Aarati would take place, Nivedita felt tears running down her cheeks, tears of joy.

The oldest among the women devotees Gopaler Ma was initially shocked and unhappy to know that Nivedita was going to stay with them. But loving and caring nature of Nivedita won over Gopaler Ma so much so that later Gopaler Ma went to stay with her and ultimately died in the lap of Nivedita. When the house was hired for Nivedita, she went to see her future home, Gopaler Ma the woman who had opposed the foreigner's entry into Sarada Devi's household was there. She took Nivedita by hand and told all the neighbours who had come with curiosity there, 'Here is a child of Sri Ma who is going to live with us. May God bless her'.

Nivedita wrote about her home, 'My home is in my eyes charming. The lane is quite clean, and charmingly irregular. …The neighbouring houses are low-built and huddled together, with their thatched roofs sloping down the road. Everywhere the happy laughter of children in the sunlight, everywhere the flutter of newly washed drapery (Clothes) hung out to dry, everywhere a cow or two wandering about. After a hot day, the lane is deep in slumber; the walls are burning hot; the setting sun drinks up, in a reddish glow, the moisture exuded by the plaster and prepares nests for the lizards.'

To be Continue

हमें कर्म की प्रतिष्ठा बढ़ानी होंगी। कर्म देवो भव: यह आज हमारा जीवन-सूत्र बनना चाहिए। - भगिनी निवेदिता {पथ और पाथेय : पृ. क्र.१९ }
Sister Nivedita 150th Birth Anniversary :
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