The
Voice

"I am the mother of the wicked, as I am the mother of the virtuous. Never fear. Whenever you are in distress, say to yourself, ‘I have a mother."

Sister Organization

The Idea

Man is the basic thing and man-making is the fundamental work. Every kind of works from personal life to society depends on the quality of the concerned people, which is ruled by their character. Again character can also be built through practice. So we should not lose hope and try to do practice for improvement of our life.

An individual may, of course, attempt at man-making with himself or others. But, to make a serious attempt everywhere and not to leave it as casual endeavors of a few, an organized effort that will cover all parts of the country is essential. And that is the idea behind the Mahamandal.

Sarada Nari Sangathan : The Sister Organization of the Mahamandal

Swami Vivekananda held women in great esteem and said that India could not rise unless her women get proper education and the place of highest dignity. He wanted educated women to come forward for the emancipation of women and held that women must solve women’s problems independently. So, an organized movement is necessary, which should work separately on women, though on the same line of Mahamandal.

Sarada Nari Sangathan, a sister organization of the Mahamandal, established in 1989, has been working independently on the lines of the Mahamandal. At present, Sarada Nari Sangathan has 75 centers. Weekly study circles are held at all its centers. It organizes All India, zonal, and local training camps for women, where practical methods of character building, mental concentration, physical exercise, etc. are taught. Hundreds of women attend these training camps throughout the year.

The Sangathan intends to organize women across India around the ideal of Sri Sarada Devi, who was, in the words of Sister Nivedita, ‘Sri Ramakrishna’s final word as to the ideal of Indian Womanhood.’

That country and that nation which do not respect women have never become great, nor will ever be in future. The principal reason why your race has so much degenerated is that you have no respect for these living images of Shakti.

Why is it that our country is the weakest and the most backward of all countries? because Shakti is held in dishonour there. Mother (Sri Sarada Devi) 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.

To contact Sarada Nari Sangathan, please write to :

The Secretary

Sarada Nari Sangathan

Vill. Balibhara, P.O. Nabanagar

Dist. North 24 Parganas

West Bengal - 743136

Or

call: (0333) 2588-3441

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I am glad to tell you I have made a rude beginning. But the same work I want to do, on parallel lines, for women. And my principle is: each one helps oneself. My help is from a distance. As soon as they have begun, I wash my hands of it. No man shall dictate to a woman, nor a woman to a man. Each one is independent. What bondage there may be is only that of love. Women will work out their own destinies much better, too, than men can ever do for them. All the mischief to women has come because men undertook to shape the destiny of women. And I do not want to start with any initial mistake. One little mistake made then will go on multiplying; and if you succeed, in the long run that mistake will have assumed gigantic proportions and become hard to correct.

Swami Vivekananda