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Sister Nivedita served India with nobility, says President Kovind on her 150th birth anniversary
Addressing a gathering at the function organised by the Ramakrishna Mission in New Delhi on October 28, on the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Sister Nivedita, President of India Ram Nath Kovind paid his heartfelt tributes to her and wished the Ramakrishna Mission the very best in its service to our people.

He said that he too was drawn to the teachings of Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Swami Vivekananda.

"Sister Nivedita's original name was Margaret Noble. True to her name, she served India with nobility. She was a pioneer in girls' education in India and in providing health services to the poor. She was a westerner who embraced India wholeheartedly, and lived and died with the well-being of India and Indians on her mind and in her heart," stated an official release quoting the President.

He added, "Swami Vivekananda combined spiritualism and scholarship, idealism and practical thinking. His legacy is reflected in the Ramakrishna Mission, it was such attributes that drew Sister Nivedita to Swami Vivekananda and led to her accepting him as her guru. She was born in Ireland and came to India at a time when both our countries were under colonial rule. They were trying to regain not just political freedom but cultural freedom too."

"There were many interactions between Irish and Indian political leaders in that period – but the bond that connected Swamiji and Sister Nivedita was unique. They wrote letters to each other that showed their commitment to certain values, as well as to a dignified friendship between a guru and a disciple," he stated.

Praising the good work of the Mission, he said "The external achievements of the Ramakrishna Mission are only a reflection of its inner calling and the wisdom of its spiritual mentors. Sadhus and monks at the Ramakrishna Mission may have relinquished the world's pleasures and treasures, but they have not relinquished knowledge and enlightenment."

In Kolkata, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the restored house of Sister Nivedita. Also, the RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, a few days ago paid tributes to Sister Nivedita in Kolkata.

Here is a famous quote of  Sister Nivedita,  "If the many and the One be indeed the same Reality, then it is not all modes of worship alone, but equally all modes of work, all modes of struggle, all modes of creation, which are paths of realization. No distinction, henceforth, between sacred and secular. To labour is to pray. To conquer is to renounce. Life is itself religion. To have and to hold is as stern a trust as to quit and to avoid."

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