Sri Sarada Math was founded in 1954 and is now the largest independent self administered
women's monastic order in the world. Its purpose is to help individuals
work out their own liberation and also to train them to serve the world in accordance
with the teachings of Sri Ramakrishna, the Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi, and Swami
Vivekananda. This is done through religious, cultural, educational and charitable
activities, mainly among women and children. Headquarters are located in the Kolkata,
India suburb of Dakshineswar, a little to the north of the famous Dakshineswar Kali
Temple. Sri Sarada Math has centers throughout India and one in Sri Lanka and another in
Sri Sarada Math
In the letters of Swami Vivekananda during his lecture tours in the West, ... he prophesied that the wave of spiritual influence that arose from the advent of Sri Ramakrishna and Holy Mother would inundate the world for many centuries to come and the lives of people especially all aspects of the lives of women would see unprecedented advancement. (Swami Vivekananda's Dream, Sri Sarada Math. 2005.)
A pravrajika is a woman sannyasini or monastic who has taken her final vows in the Indian tradition. Pravrajika is a Sanskrit word which literally means "a wandering religious mendicant" or "one who has left the ways of the world". As the Pravrajikas of Sri Sarada Math, India, travel to Europe and the Americas, our members and friends have requested retreats as well as informal opportunities for holy company to deepen our spiritual understanding. We have also visited Pravrajikas in India and Europe to take advantage of their spiritual guidance. Retreats in the United States which included our members are the following:
Pravrajika Vivekaprana is a senior pravrajika of Sri Sarada Math. She spoke at the World's Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1993 and has traveled and taught widely throughout Europe, India, South America, and the United States. Vivekaprana helped establish the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission and Nivedita School in Delhi. She is currently in charge of the Retreat Center of the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission in the Himalayas at Pangot. Many of her talks have been published in the journal Samvit: Knowledge that Leads to Enlightenment and the Understanding Vedanta Lecture Series.
Pravrajika Satchitprana is a senior sannyasini of Sri Sarada Math. She travels extensively throughout India, South America, Europe, and North America to conduct retreats and give lectures.
Pravrajika Prabuddhaprana is American-born and a senior sannyasini of Sri Sarada Math. She has authored a number of books including Tantine: the Life of Josephine MacLeod, Friend of Swami Vivekananda; and Saint Sara: The Life of Sara Chapman Bull, the American Mother of Swami Vivekananda.
Pravrajika Amalaprana is the current General Secretary of Sri Sarada Math, Dakshineswar. She spoke at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in 1993 and subsequently toured the United States and returned again in 1997. She has traveled widely throughout India, Europe, South Africa, and North America. She served as the Principal of the Girl's College, Vivekananda Vidya Bhavan in Dum Dum, Kolkata before moving to Sri Sarada Math headquarters.