Sri Sarada Devi(1853–1920)is known as the Holy Mother among the devotees and admirers and was the spiritual consort of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa who is worshiped as an God incarnate all over the world. Sri Ramakrishna revealed her as an incarnation of Goddess Sarasvati who came to remove ignorance of the suffering humanity.
"Listen, dear, when God first created man, He endowed him with the spirit
of goodness. As a result, men were born with wisdom and it did not take them
long to realize that the world was an ephemeral thing. Immediately they took
the Name of God and set out to meditate on Him and by His grace were liberated
from the bonds of life. God thought, 'This will not do; this is not the way to
make them play the game of life.' In the end, along with the spirit of
goodness, He mingled in profuse quantities of the spirit of materialism and
that of vanity. Now the game of life went on with a swing!"
"What an illusion Mahamaya has conjured up! Here is this infinite world,
and what one claims as his possession will be left behind at death. Still men
cannot understand this simple truth."
"A person may have no relatives anywhere, but Mahamaya may make him keep a
cat and thus make him worldly. This is how She plays!"
A disciple asked if all men can get rid of desires. Mother replied, "How
can they? If they could, then the creation would come to an end. The world is
going on because not all can be free of desires. People with desires are born
again and again."
"As long as a man has desires there is no end to his transmigration. It is
thedesires alone that make
him take one body after another. There will be rebirth for a man if he has even
the desire to eat a piece of candy. ... Desire may be compared to a minute
seed. It is like a big banyan tree growing out of a seed, which is no bigger
than a dot. Rebirth is inevitable so long as one has desires. It is like taking
the soul from one pillow-case and putting it into another. Only one or two out
of many men can be found who are free from all desires."
"The body means the existence of desire, otherwise it would not have
existed. It all ends when one no longer has any desires."
"This world is moving around like a wheel. That indeed is the last birth
in which one gets completely rid of all desires."
"Those who are born to God have fulfilled all their desires. So long as a
man has any desires, he is incapable of such devotion."
"The Master used to say that the worldly person is like a spring
mattress—sit on it and it goes down, but the moment you get up, it springs back
at once. The regard and devotion for God of these worldly men is just like a
drop of water on a hot plate—it evaporates in no time."
Referring to one devotee, Mother said, "He is so deeply engrossed in
worldliness and still he says, 'Why do I not see the Master?' Many women used
to come to the Master and say to him, 'Why can't we concentrate our minds upon
God? Why can't we steady our minds?' and things like that. He would say to
them,'You are like a
new-born babe and still smell of the lying-in room. First get rid of that
smell. Why are you so worried about realizing God now? Everything will happen
in the course of time.'