The need for
Mother’s Trust / Mother's Place
Sri Sri Sarada Mata Ashram
In America, opportunities for women who seek a monastic life in
the Sri Ramakrishna, Sri Sarada Devi tradition have been limited,
although there are over twelve centers of the Ramakrishna Math,
the monastic order for men in this country.
In India, the women's orders are supported by devotees
and are independent from the Ramakrishna Math. The tradition,
in India, of independent women's monasticism was established when
Sri Ramakrishna gave sannyas to Gauri Mata Puri Devi and commissioned
her to inspire other women like herself.
While there are women's convents available in California
under the Ramakrishna Math, until today there have been no branch
ashrams of the Sri Sri Saradeshwari Ashram of Calcutta. Mother's
Trust / Mother's Place, Sri Sri Sarada Mata Ashram holds the distinction
of becoming the first branch center of the Calcutta-based Sri
Sri Saradeshwari Ashram for women.
One of the primary functions of this ashram is as
a convent for women in the Vedanta tradition of Sri Ramakrishna
and Holy Mother, Sri Sarada Devi. Those American women who seek
to lead a monastic vocation in this tradition should discuss their
interest with Sannyasini Gauribrata Puri Devi. Ultimately, the
monastic vows are given Mataji Bandana Puri Devi, head of the
Sri Sri Saradeshwari Ashram in Calcutta.
Our Ashram Community: Mother's Trust / Mother's
Place, Sri Sri Sarada Mata Ashram is a non-profit ecclesiastical
corporation registered in the state of Michigan, a branch center
of the Sri Sri Saradeshwari Ashram, Calcutta, India, established
in 1895 by Sannyasini Gauri Mata Puri Devi, monastic disciple
of Sri Ramakrishna.