Today is the Jayanti of Sri Sarada Devi, belovedly called Holy Mother, the divine consort of Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna.
In the religious history of India, there have been several great avataaras who have given “blank cheques” to humanity. It is up to us to use them. Sri Sarada Devi said once, “Whenever you are in distress, remember you have Mother. Don’t worry.” Just simple faith in Her gives tremendous strength to face life. Problems dissolve like morning mist vanishing as the sun rises.
Similar “blank cheques” have been given by Rama and Krishna too. Rama says, abhayam sarva bhutebhyo dadaami etat vratam mama. Valmiki Ramayan (6-18-33). It is Rama’s vrata (resolve) that he will protect anyone who takes refuge in him. Krishna says, na me bhakta pranashyati. Bhagavad Gita (9.31). A devotee of Krishna is never destroyed.
After all the intellectual gymnastics and exertion by work, it is these “blank cheques” that give real strength.
There was a rich father who owned a huge factory. He had a son who had just completed college. The father employed his son as an executive in the factory, a position that is just right for a person of his qualification. Now, how does the son go about in the office? He need not fear anyone. His father is the owner of the entire factory. Everyone in the company are working for his father. And the son will be honest and hardworking because it is his father’s name that is at stake. He does not desire for anything in the company. Everything is his father’s. We are the same situation. This is the Lord’s world and we are all his children. The Lord has placed us where we are in good faith. It is our duty to do whatever is expected. We need not fear. It is a way of showing gratitude to the Lord who has given us whatever we have.
On this holy day, let us remember Mother and her “blank cheque”. Let us live our lives with truth and honesty, and show our gratitude to her by our actions.