October 25, 2003
Waukegan Mandira

When Narendra, later known as Swami Vivekanand (1863-1902), was to visit America, his guru Ramakrishna Paramhansa (1836-1886) asked him to first get the blessings of Ma Sharda (1853-1920). Narendra went to her and explained his intent to leave for America and his desire for her blessings. Ma Sharda was cutting fruit at the time and seemingly disregarding what he had said, she asked him to pass her a knife. Narendra picked up the knife and handed it to her, holding the blade toward himself and the handle toward Ma Sharda. Seeing this gesture, she gave her full blessings to Narendra. Swami Vivekanand displayed the universal message of Hindu spirituality in 1893 at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago.

With this example, Bapu explained, "Think of others first." When we think of others first, God takes care of us and we gain real happiness!



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