The Late His Holiness Swami Mridananda Puri Maharaj was the President of Sri Ramakrishna Mission, Trissur, Kerala from 1988 to 1998. The most venerated among the ascetics of India, Swamiji translated 10 Upanishads into Malayalam and decoded the Vedas for the masses.
His book “GeethaamrithaBodhini”, received the Sahitya Academy Award in 1981. Swamiji, translated The Bhagwad Gita, The Brahma Sutra and The Mahabharatha into two Malayalam volumes. His contributions to the society fetched numerous awards like Tomyas, Devi Prasadam Award, K.P. Pisharody Award of Cochin Devasom and so on.
Mr.Viswanatha Menon, a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa, fortunate to be closely associated with Swamji, submitted the below letter and article which formed the final words of great Sanyasi.
Letter from Mr.Viswanatha Menon
An article written by Swami Mridananda Puri for the souvenir, Amritaragam, published commemorating the consecration festival of the Thrissur Brahmasthanam Temple on April 9-11, 2005. This is the last article he penned—he wrote it on his day of Samadhi (day of passing away).
When asked earlier in the day whether the article was ready, he had replied that he would hand it over in the afternoon. When I arrived at the Ashram to collect it, I came to know that Swamiji had attained Samadhi, a little while ago. The article was on his table, complete and concluded with the word – ‘Shubham’ (meaning ‘concluded auspiciously’).
In the article, one can see photographs of the seniormost monks of the Puranattukara Ashram, Swami Sakranandaji, Swami Niswanandaji and Swami Prasantanandaji receiving Amma’s Darshan at the festival.
News on television pertaining to the article wherein Mr.Viswanatha Menon narrates his experience.
Below is an excerpt of the article written by Swami Mridanandaji before he went into ‘Samadhi’.
Once a disciple asked Sri Sarada Devi, ‘Mother, after the Maha Samadhi of Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna Deva, you are teaching humanity by continuing to live in this world. But in the case of other incarnations, that is not seen. When incarnations leave the world, their Shakthi which incarnates in feminine form alongside them, returns along with the incarnation. It is the devotees and disciples who later spread their message in the world. Why is it that it is different in your case?
“My child, as you know that Bhagavan was seeing the Holy Mother in all the things in the world. He left me here behind to show the world the ‘Mathru Bhava.” That was the reply given by the mother.
There may be children who torture their mother, but there won’t be a mother who banishes her children.
What is this ‘Mathru Bhava”? How did Sri Sarada Devi show it to the world?
It is our ancient tradition to worship the universal power that is the cause of all creation, preservation and destruction in the ‘Mathru Bhava’. It is considered the highest form of worship. When we think, meditate or worship the Almighty in the motherly form, we experience more freedom, love and fearlessness. That is indeed the greatness of ‘Mathru Bhava’! You don’t experience that affection and freedom anywhere else other than in the presence of mother. It is this selfless motherly affection that brings forth the welfare and happiness of the children. How so ever guilty the children may be, there will be no decrease in the motherly affection.
“Motherhood occupies the most exalted status in the world, for it is only there that one can practice and exercise selflessness the fullest. If there is any love greater than motherly love, it is God’s love.” – Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda spoke thus on Mathru Bhava, “Motherhood occupies the most exalted status in the world, for it is only there that one can practice and exercise selflessness the fullest. If there is any love greater than motherly love, it is God’s love. It is a mother’s duty to think first about her children before her own self.” God worship in Mathru Bhava means expansion of such noble Motherly love, resting merged in the universal form, incorporating the whole universe. When we worship the almighty as Kali, Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswathi and so on, the importance of this form of worship becomes further clear.
It is the great Sri Ramakrishna Deva who upheld the importance of worship in Mathru Bhava. His life is an example for the fact that one can not only realise that unqualified and formless omnipotent power in motherly form, but also to live a life of a child of that Mother. He lived an ideal life following the Indian tradition of seeing mother hood in all woman. With this visualisation of Mother, he could overcome all the obstacles in life. Moreover, Sri Ramakrishna Deva has shown us that it is easy to attain God’s grace when we approach the almighty in this form. When we worship God in motherly form, God will shower his grace with boundless and spontaneous love.
Many people claim Mata Amritanandamayi Devi is the reincarnation of Sri Sarada Devi. As we have seen in Sarada Devi, we see in Amma, the equal form the broad mindedness, the compassion for the downtrodden, shower of grace, equanimity of vision in Mata Amritanandamayi Devi also. She had clearly displayed the same in recent years during the Tsunami disaster management. Everybody sees the life of Amritanandamayi Devi with wonder, wherein she who travels the world over, inspiring spiritual awakening in the hearts of this material world, like Sarada Devi who took over the universal motherhood without travelling abroad, staying in Calcutta.
It is with wonder that people look up to Mata Amritanandamayi Devi who despite taking birth in an ordinary family or without any substantial worldly education, addressed the United Nations. Let us all prostrate at the feet of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi who is of such exalted motherhood that she is considered the Universal Mother.
Our Salutations to Swami Mridanandaji, who has enriched Kairali (land of Kerala) with the nectar of spiritual knowledge.